Green, Alan Spencer

First name: 
Alan Spencer
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Country of birth: 
Great Brittain
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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).