My Story

I was born in England in 1972 and grew up in Norfolk surrounded by Thetford forest. 

When I was younger I developed an interest in the local history which surrounded me, it began after finding a stone age tool knapped from flint.

The area was well known for revealing fine examples of Neolithic knapped flint tools with the famous Grimes Graves flint mines only 10 kms away.

Grimes Graves flint mines. Norfolk, UK

 I would often visit the local museums to see their collections of flint, during these visits I also enjoyed seeing the displays of Anglo Saxon artefacts. One day I became drawn to a collection of old Saxon pottery, functional objects made for everyday use, these were fragile, humble and honest. The language of these pots resonated with me, I loved the earthy surfaces and timeless forms, each pot had its own story to tell with a personality and character. 

It was suggested I visit the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts in Norwich to see their private collection. A mix of artefacts from around the world exhibited alongside modern contemporary art.

This was a real game changer, historic Jomon pottery and Cycladic figurines beautifully exhibited alongside modern art of Degas and Henry Moore, among others.

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Sainsbury Centre. Norwich, Norfolk, UK

As I was leaving I noticed a sign outside directing down to a lower level. In this room was a huge collection of Lucie Rie and Hans Coper pots. At the time I had no idea who these people were but the work of Hans Coper had a huge impact on me. Later that year I enrolled on a full time ceramic course at the local college. 

The following year my journey continued to Cardiff University to study a degree under the tuition of Peter Starkey and Geoffrey Swindell.

This was a great teaching combination, Peter was very much from the Leach tradition giving us a good understanding of traditional pottery, its origins and philosophies.

In contrast Geoff introduced us to the concept of fine art pottery, gently challenging tradition whilst still remaining respectful. This was the language that interested me most.

I graduated in 2001 and have been involved in ceramics ever since.

Dameon Lynn - 2001 Degree Show 

In 2010 I was able to open my first studio and gallery in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Here I was able to develop my own ceramic style and language as well as making utilitarian ware.

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Collection of my work - 2014

I would like to thank family, friends, teachers and everybody who has supported me on this journey.

Without you none of this would have been possible.

 

 The story now continues in Catalonia, Spain.

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dameon lynn

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