Each Bob Race pot is unique. Each is painstakingly hand-built, sometimes glazed on the interior, while the exteriors feature a modern, minimalist aesthetic. He focuses on texture with the colours restricted to powder white and deep or coppery rusts with subtle verdigris. Patterns are understated and restful. These pots are quiet on the eye, so you should never become tired of their presence.
After leaving art college, Bob worked in the advertising industry for many years until – in a mid-life leap of faith – he returned to his first love, ceramics. His previous work has featured in a number of discriminating private collections, such as that of Dali’s biographer, Fleur Cowles Mayer. He is also well-known nationally for the workshops he runs for the NHS and various private organisations. He took a gap from making his own work and returned to Byard in October last year with this new direction.
The work for the Garden Delights exhibition is a response to both formal and informal lines, and restfulness, in the English garden.