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Keith Brymer-Jones: Boy in a China Shop: Life, Clay and Everything  

Talk, Q&A and Book Signing 

Thu 2 February 2023
6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm


The Talk

We are excited to welcome potter, Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throwdown Judge and Boy in a China Shop: Life, Clay and Everything author Keith Brymer-Jones to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft!

Keith Brymer-Jones will give a talk and Q&A about his life and work and a brand new 2022 biography, which guests can purchase and have signed by Keith.

This talk will be an in-person event. Tickets include a glass of wine and entry to the talk and exhibition. Keith’s book will be available to be purchased additionally for the book signing.

Image: Ben Boswell

About the Speaker

Keith Brymer Jones is a British potter and ceramic designer, known for his homeware Word Range with retro lettering and punk motifs. In 2015, he debuted as an expert judge alongside Kate Malone on BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down where his readiness to shed tears at the contestants’ work attracted comment. He has continued his role and remained as a judge when the programme transferred to More4 in 2020 and Channel 4 in 2021.

At the age of 11, the London-born Brymer Jones made his first pottery object – an owl. It was then that he knew he wanted to be a potter and, after a brief stint as the lead singer of British punk band The Wigs, he became an apprentice for Harefield Pottery in London where he learnt to make ceramics.

After his apprenticeship, Brymer Jones started out hand-making ceramics for retailers including Conran Group, Habitat, Barneys New York, Monsoon, Laura Ashley and Heal’s. He began to develop the Word Range for the first time; he was originally attracted to words because of their shapes, as he is dyslexic. Brymer Jones describes working with clay, shape and form as a natural affinity, as a result of his condition.

Brymer-Jones also works as Head of Design for MAKE International.

Shōji Hamada: A Japanese Potter in Ditchling runs 22 October 2022 – 16 April 2023 

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