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Background

After working in music, book publishing and then as a teacher, in 1973 Elizabeth Raeburn began a full time course in studio pottery at Harrow School of Art. While there, she spent a brief but influential time as a production student in David Leach’s workshop. In 1975, she established her own pottery with Rodney Lawrence. Since 1981 Elizabeth has concentrated on handbuilt Raku.

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Exhibitions:

2010 London, Galerie Besson, Views of Venice
2008 London, Galerie Besson, Classic and Contemporary Ceramics
London, Galerie Besson, Twenty Years Twenty Pots
2007 London, Galerie Besson, The Jug Show
London, Galerie Besson, Summer Exhibition
Shipston-on-Stour The Stour Gallery, September Exhibition

2005 Devon, Woodbury Studio Gallery, Raku – new directions
2003/4 London, Galerie Besson, Summer Exhibition
London, Galerie Besson, Landscape in Painting and
Ceramics; Elizabeth Raeburn and John Hubbard
Bovey Tracey, David Leach – 20th Century Ceramics
2001 London, Galerie Besson, Solo Exhibition Glastonbury,
Rural Life Museum, Solo Exhibition
2000 Sherborne, Alpha House Gallery, Harrow – The First
Decade
Sway, ArtSway, “Get Real” Romanticism and New
Landscapes in Art (two year touring exhibition)
Newark, Rufford Craft Centre, Raku – Investigations into
Fire (touring exhibition)
Paris, Galerie Ortilles-Fourcat, Solo Exhibition
1999/2000 Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada, Clay at the
Crossroads: Directions in Contemporary Ceramics.
1999 Saltram, Saltram House, Chapel Gallery, Solo Exhibition
London, Galerie Besson, Millennium Mugs
1998 London, Sotheby’s, Exhibition of Contemporary
Decorative Arts
London, Galerie Besson, Gallery Pots, Part II
Durham, The Bowes Museum, Spirit of the Times
Bovey Tracey, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Meet
Your Maker
1997 Bovey Tracey, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, 42nd
Summer Exhibition
1996 London, Galerie Besson, Picture and Pots
1995 London, Galerie Besson, Solo Exhibition (catalogue)
1994 London, Galerie Besson, The Tea and Coffee Exhibition
Newark, Rufford Craft Centre, Earth and Fire
Frome, the Black Swan Guide, Texture
1992/3 Taipei, Taiwan, National Museum of History
International Invitational Exhibition of Ceramic Art
1992 Cheltenham, Courtyard Gallery
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada, Contemporary Focus
London, Galerie Besson, Solo Exhibition
Hamburg, Germany, Galerie L London,
Godfrey Far Eastern Art, A Christmas Exhibition of
British Studio Pottery

Collections:

Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery (Contemporary Art Society choice), Leicester
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Museum and Art Gallery, Portsmouth
City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Museum für Moderne Keramik, Deidesheim, Germany
Porvoo Ceramics Collection, Porvoo, Finland
Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
SAF’s Kunstforening, Stockholm, Sweden
Handelsbanken Kunstforening, Stockholm, Sweden
National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
British Crafts Council Selected Index, London

Awards:

1992/3 Taipei, Taiwan, National Museum of History,
International Invitational Exhibition of Ceramic Art: 2
Merit Awards
1997 Bovey Tracey, Devon Guild of Craftsmen: First
Jackson-Stops & Staff Craft Prize

Publications:

Michael Casson, The Crafts of the Potter, BBC Television 1977
Pat Carter, Dictionary of Modern British Potters, Scholar Press 1989
Richard Zakin, Ceramics – Mastering the Craft, A & C Black 1990;
Chilton Book Co. 1990
Tim Andrews, Raku, A Review of Contemporary Work, A & C Black 1994; Chilton Book Co. 1994
David Jones Investigations into Fire, The Crowood Press 1999
British Studio Ceramics by Paul Rice, The Crowood Press, 2002
Steve Mattison, The Complete Practical Potter, Quarto Publishing 2003
David Leach – 20th Century Ceramics by Emmanuel Cooper and Kathy Niblett, Richard Dennis, 2003
Raku, Second Edition by Tim Andrews, A & C Black, 2005
A Guide to Collecting Studio Pottery by Alistair Hawtin, A & C Black, 2008

ARTICLES:

Brian Seal, Former Chapel Setting for a Story of Creation, WESTERN GAZETTE, 28 December 1989
Arda Lacey, Fired by Raku – Elizabeth Raeburn at Galerie Besson, ARTS REVIEW 1989
Ditte Kronstrom, Iris stärker sin image som Keramikseminarium, BORGÅBLADET, 6 August 1990
Michael Casson, Elizabeth Raeburn at Galerie Besson 1-31 July, KERAMEIKI TECHNI (GREECE), August 1992
Up Front, CERAMICS MONTHLY, November 1992
Eileen Lewenstein, Review of Elizabeth Raeburn: Raku, CRAFTS, #November/December 1992, 119
John Russell Taylor, Around the Galleries: Recommended exhibitions in London & Amsterdam, THE TIMES, 12 December 1995
Karen Demuth, Art Under £1000, ART REVIEW, May 1995
Lionel Phillips, Artists in Somerset: Elizabeth Raeburn & Rodney Lawrence,
THE SOMERSET MAGAZINE, May 1996
42nd Summer Exhibition, DEVON GUILD OF CRAFTSMEN NEWSLETTER, Autumn 1997
Elizabeth Raeburn, Elizabeth Raeburn, DEVON GUILD OF CRAFTSMEN NEWSLETTER, Spring 1999
Marion Caton, Pot Crawl, DACORUM & CHILTERN POTTERS GUILD NEWSLETTER, Autumn 1999
Delphine Laurent, Les rakus d’Elizabeth Raeburn, LA REVUE DE LA CERAMIQUE ET DU VERRE, Juillet/Août 2000, 113
Elizabeth Raeburn, The First Decade of Harrow: 1963 – l975, The Potter’s View, CERAMICS IN SOCIETY, Autumn 2000
Sue Hoar, Elizabeth Raeburn at Galerie Besson, LONDON POTTERS NEWSLETTER, June/July 2001

COMMISSIONS:

1980 Wells, Somerset, Tiled shop front for Fine Shoes commissioned by Durstons of Street
1987 Coffee set, commissioned by Fisher Fine Art, London
1993 Presentation bowl for Alistair Cooke, commissioned by Harvard University 1994 Taunton, Somerset,          Musgrove Park Hospital, Raku ceramic mural
1997 Mugs for presentation at the book launch, The Quest for Longitude, commissioned by Harvard University
2000 Taunton, Somerset, Musgrove Park Hospital, Raku ceramic mural

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