Green, Alan Spencer
Alan Spencer Green was born in London on June 16, 22 1932. Alan is self-taught as a potter. After national service in Korea, he was posted to Japan in 1955 and visited the studio of the great Japanese potter (and erstwhile colleague of Bernard Leach) Shoji Hamada, who is influential not for his work alone, but for his integration of life and work, an example Green was to follow. He set up a studio near Saffron Walden in 1963
Green produced thrown individual pieces in stoneware and porcelain. Also in egg shell porcelain with fine incisions inspired by old Chinese pottery. Last known address: The Old Corn Mill, Wimbish, Saffron Walden, Essex. After a serious car accident in 1974 Alan did not produce any work until 1983. Alan Spencer Green died in January 2003.
Exhibitions and awards.
1965 Primavera London, New potters
1965 International Exhibition for Young Potters, Musee Cantini, Marseille
1966 Concorso Internationale Ceramica d'Arte, Faenza - Won a gold medal
1966 Modern European Pottery. John Sparks, London
1967 Istanbul Museum - Diploma of Honour
1968 Biennale Internationale de Ceramique Vallauris. Diploma of Honour
1969 Faenza - Associazion Industriale prize
1969 & 1970 Qantas Gallery London - Modern British Potters
1969 British Week, Tokyo at Seibu Department Store
1970 Contemporary Ceramic Art Europe & Japan, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto
1971 Modern Ceramics Bradford City Art Gallery
1971 Twenty British Potters, Kettles Yard Gallery Cambridge
1977 Traditional thrown pieces by English potters, Galerie Kapelhuis Amersfoort
1983 37 Potters return to Kettles Yard
1995 Primavera: pioneering craft & design 1945-1995 Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge
His work can be found in the Musee Cantini, Marseille, Museum of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Museum für Moderne Keramik, Deidesheim, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Fry Gallery, Saffron Walden and the Birmingham City Art Gallery.
Monogram ASG painted or incised
Pictures: Portrait of Alan Spencer Green (courtesy Joan Green); two pieces around 1970 (source Auction Bonhams, 2003.); large pot, stoneware (source The Salesroom); 6 objects (Source The Salesroom).