Peter Bodenham

Personal statement

Peter Bodenham is a potter and visual artist. He trained in Ceramics and 3D in the mid 1980’s at Camberwell School of Art. In the mid 1990’s he completed an MA in Fine Art at UWIC, Cardiff. Peter lives and runs a studio in Cardigan, West Wales and works at Bath Spa University as a Senior Lecturer within the Ceramics department. He is an experienced educator, curator and external examiner working within various universities.

Informing and framing his work are a range of sources, a personal sense of place, locus and the connection between the maker and the land. Journeys and mini adventures on foot, traversing the shoreline and seascape feed the work on a direct level. Images, motifs and gestural marks scratched into the surface of the pots can be seen as direct traces of a phenomenological experience.

Objects gather worlds around them and the social spaces they are anchored to are both source material and subject matter for his creative practice. Although Peter acknowledges the cultural distinctions between fine art, design and craft, his work on occasion drifts between these cultural traditions.

The hand made can be seen as a utopic form of social and cultural inquiry in a culture of rapid technological and social change. In essence Peter is a maker who finds the spaces between and discourse around objects and their social, cultural context a fascinating and dynamic shifting landscape to explore.

Relevant courses

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Camberwell School of Art, London
  • MA Cardiff Metropolitan

Professional qualifications

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

External examiners

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (Bridgend College) 3D design
  • University of Bedfordshire BA Ceramics and Jewellery
  • External Examiner Uni Wales Hereford College of Art - BA Fine Art
  • External Examiner (dissertation ceramics dep) at the Royal College of Art , London ceramics

Teaching specialism

  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Philosophical Aesthetics

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Ceramics and locational identity: investigating the symbolism of material culture in relation to a sense of place

Bodenham, P (2018) 'Ceramics and locational identity: investigating the symbolism of material culture in relation to a sense of place.' Craft Research, 9 (2). pp. 287-310. ISSN 2040-4689

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