Ruth King

Tall oblong bottle
Slab built, salt-glazed stoneware
29 x 15 x 22cm
All photography: Peter Heaton
Side bottle with nose
Slab built, salt-glazed stoneware
15 x 15 x 20cm max
Medium oblong bottle
Slab built, salt-glazed stoneware
21 x 14 x 21cm

Ruth King’s vessels reveal her thoughtful approach and dedication to the art and process of making, they possess a contained stillness and have been described as ‘starkly formal yet inventive'. Restrained and reflective, their essential qualities of tension, volume, balance and asymmetry are expressed with economy and quietude. The components for each piece are cut from sheets of clay then assembled, modified and intensively worked; they are structured and tailored to contain space. The unique character of each vessel is further enhanced by the subtle colours and surfaces produced by the movement and action of salt vapours in the kiln during the final firing.

Trained: Camberwell School of Arts and Craft, 1974-77.

Selected Recent Exhibitions

2014 The Art Room, Topsham.
The Incidental Bicycle, Janette Ray Books, York
Ceramic Art London, RCA, London
2013 Showcase, The Hepworth, Wakefield
Gems, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
Collect, Saatchi Galleries, London with the Contemporary Ceramics Centre
Ceramic Art London, RCA, London
Ceramics Now, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2012 Ceramic Art London, RCA, London
2010 Through Fifty, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London.
2009 Ruth King and Peter Baker, Works in Clay and Fine Plaster, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2009 Artworks Galleries, Newcastle
2007 Clay in the Vale of York, Laurence Sterne Trust, Coxwold, N. Yorks
2007 Maiden Bridge Arts Centre, Tatham, Lancaster
2006 Broughton Gallery, Broughton, Scotland
2006 Saltglasert Keramikk, Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway
2006 Lund Gallery, Easingwold
2006 Saltzbrand, Koblenz, Germany
2006 A Pinch of Salt, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham


York Art Workers Association, bursary for collaborative project development. 2008
Arts Council England, project award, ‘Clay in the Vale of York’ 2007
Yorkshire Arts, grant towards new kiln. 1998
Inax Design Prize, 1989
Crafts Council Setting Up 1981


Crafts Council Photostore
Fellow, Craft Potters Association (Council Member and Vice Chair)
Research Network for Science and Art in Ceramics and Glass
York Art Workers Association

Public Collections Include

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Royal Ulster Museum, Belfast
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
York Art Gallery


Knowledge, Saltglaze. Ceramic Review, March/April 2014.
Line and Body. Ceramic Review, Jan/Feb 2012
Connecting Threads, CPA News issue 124, 2009
A Quiet Dynamic, Ceramics Art and Perception issue 65, 2006
Review, Ceramic Review issue 220, July/August 2006
A Potter’s Day, Ceramic Review, Nov/Dec 1990
Illustration Ceramic Review, March/April 1987
The Individual Eye, Ceramic Review, July/August 1984
Review of Studio Ceramics Today, Ceramic Review, July/August 1983


Jacqui Atkin, Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed, Quarto Books, 2012
Paul Rice, British Studio Ceramics, Crowood Press 2002
Rosemary Cochrane, Salt-glaze Ceramics, Crowood Press, 2001
Oliver Watson, British Studio Pottery, Phaidon 1990
Pat Carter, Dictionary of Potters Marks, Scholar Press 1990
Emmanuel Cooper, Electric Kiln Pottery, Batsford, 1982


Saltglasert Keramikk 2006
Broughton Gallery 2006
Saltzbrand 2006, 2002, 1994
Inax Design Prize, 1989
Studio Ceramics Today 1983