Rupert Spira

Born: 1960
Place of Birth: London, England

Rupert Spira was born in London in 1960. He gained a degree at West Surrey College of Art and Design from 1978 - 80 under Henry Hammond and later trained with Michael Cardew at Wenford Bridge Pottery. In 1996 he set up his own studio at Church Farm, Shropshire.

Rupert inscribes long texts into and onto his vessels. Sometimes he cuts out an alphabet or embosses poems onto the surface of the ceramic. On some pieces the writing is framed as if on a page, on others, the writing fills the whole piece like a river of words flowing across the inside of a bowl without a break. Rupert's work is mostly practical in nature taking the form of teapots, functional vases and other culinary ware.

Public Collections include:

V & A Museum, London; Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo; Paramita Museum, Mie Prefecture, Japan; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa; Crafts Council, London; International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; The Arkansas Arts Center; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art