Chris Keenan

Chris has taught at West Dean since 2011 and has been a visiting lecturer at several London colleges and in Freiburg. He trained as Edmund de Waal's first apprentice. Chris' work is thrown porcelain and is held in several museum collections, including the V&A. Chris is a Fellow of the CPA.

My approach to teaching

Through demonstration and explanation I illustrate the ideas behind the forms that are to be explored/made during a course. I follow this up with one-to-one contact during the working sessions.

Inspiration for my own work

I take inspiration from well-made and beautiful things whatever material they are made from. I find that keeping my eyes open and remaining alert often throws up unexpected inspirations.

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