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Early Life

born 1953

Wallasey, England

from 1958

brought up in Lancaster, England.

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Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Pottery was a school option and this was where his teacher Barry Gregson inspired Edward to choose ceramics for a career.

During his time at school Edward was involved in presenting a ceramic sculpture (made by Barry Gregson) to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her visit to the School marking the 500th anniversary of its foundation.

First Experience of Ceramics
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Foundation Course


Pre-degree course requirement

September 1976

to March 1977

Les Sharp studio in Hinton St George, Crewkerne, Somerset

Worked at studio developing throwing skills whilst waiting news of Japan Scholarship.

Higher Education

Advanced Level GCE


Also studying Advanced Levels at School

Degree Course


Focussed on domestic thrown ceramics influenced by the English Slipware tradition

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Awarded Tomimoto Kenkichi Prize for domestic pottery at the college's graduation exhibition.



Post Graduate Study in Japan and 1st Studio

April 1977

to March 1979

British Council/Japanese Government Scholarship

Six months learning Japanese then eighteen months at Kyoto City University of Arts

First solo exhibition at Azuchi Gallery, Osaka.

Established first pottery studio near Shin-Asahi, Shiga, Japan.

Annual exhibitions in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

Bernard Leach influence enhanced Edwards reputation in Japan.

Very successful final exhibition based in own home.

April 1979

to July 1984

1979     First solo exhibition at Azuchi Gallery, Osaka

1980     ‘Japanese Tableware of the Eighties’, Matsuya Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo Exhibitor

1980     Solo exhibition at Fujii Daimaru Art Gallery, Kyoto.

1981     Exhibitor in ‘Tablewares of Today’ Hankyu Department Store, Osaka.

1981     Solo Exhibition at Gallery Maronie, Kyoto.

1982     Exhibitor in ‘Tableware by Popular Craftsmen’, Yamaha Gallery, Fukuoka

1982     Exhibitor in ‘Tableware by Popular Craftsmen’, Yamaha Gallery, Kobe

1982     Exhibitor in ‘Tableware by Popular Craftsmen’, Yamaha Gallery, Yokohama

1982     Solo exhibition, Central Gallery, Osaka.

1983     Exhibitor in ‘Crafts of Today Exhibition Sponsored by Asahi’, Osaka.

1983     Exhibitor in ‘The Five Craftsmen’ at the Art Hall of Adogawa, Shiga.

1983     Exhibitor in ‘The Three Craftsmen’ at Daimaru Department Store, Ashiya.

1983     Solo exhibition at Gallery Maronie, Kyoto.

1983     Solo exhibition at Rakushien, Tokyo.

1984     Farewell exhibition at the Hughes’ home in Shimofuri, Shiga

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July 1984

to March 1989

Renwick Studio was established in the Spring of 1985

Principal patron Ian Harlowe Lowe

Exhibitions - Europe and USA

1986          Northern Potters Association Exhibition

1987          Ashdown Gallery, Sussex

1987          Broughton Gallery, Lanarkshire

1987          Tithe Barn Gallery, Derbyshire

Exhibitions - Japan

1987          Folk Craft Museum, Shikoku.

1987          Central Gallery, Osaka.

2nd studio - Renwick, Cumbria, England
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April 1989

to March 2005

Mary Burkett OBE, champion of the Arts invited Edward to establish a new Studio at Isel Hall where she was establishing a colony of artists.

Exhibitions - Europe and USA

1991          Exhibit at Japan Festival Exhibition, Hall of Dream,

                  Cleveland Crafts Centre, Middlesbrough

1997          Daiwa Foundation, London

1998          Exhibit in Japan: A Northern Focus, at the

                  Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University and

                  Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

1999          Abbott Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria

1999          Paul Rice Gallery, London

1999          Browse & Darby

2000          Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria

2000          Ruskin Library, Lancaster University

2000          Pottery East & West: The New Generation,

                  Ditchling Museum, Sussex

2001          Japan Festival Kokten Korgei Exhibition at

                  Blackwell House, Cumbria

2001          Hutton-in-the-Forest, Cumbria

2001          Paul Rice Gallery, London

2001          Joanna Bird

2001          Browse & Darby

2001          SOFA, Chicago

2002          Castlegate Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria

2002          Oakwood Gallery, Nottinghamshire

2002          Hutton-in-the-Forest

2003          Browse & Darby

2004          John Chambers Ceramics Room, Peter Scott Gallery,

                  Lancaster University

2004          Joanna Bird

2004          Browse & Darby

2004          Exhibit SOFA, Chicago

2004          Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

2005          Chartres, France

2005          Red Barn Gallery, Penrith

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Exhibitions - Japan

1989          Daimaru Art Gallery, Ashiya

1990          Kokuten.

1991          Central Gallery, Osaka

1993          Craft Space Wa, Tokyo

1993          Central Gallery, Osaka.

1995          Kokuten Exhibition, Tokyo

1999          Tomimoto Kenkichi Memorial

                  Museum, Nara

1999          Hankyu Art Gallery, Kobe

2000          Prize Winners’ Exhibition of the

                  Kokugakai Crafts, Tokyo

2001          Craft Space Wa, Tokyo

2001          Hankyu Art Gallery, Kobe

2001          Tomimoto Kenkichi Memorial

                  Museum, Nara.

2003          Craft Shop Suo, Tokuyama

2003          Amaneya, Fukuoka

2003          Hankyu Art Gallery, Osaka

2005          Gallery Kyo, Ehime, Japan

2005          Hankyu Art Gallery, Osaka

2005          Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Tokyo


1990          Awarded New Comers Prize at

                  Kokuten Exhibition.(国画会新人賞)

                  (Kokugakai Award)

1995          Awarded Kokuga-sho (grand prix) for

                  Crafts at Kokuten Exhibition, Tokyo.

                  (国画賞) (Kokugakai Award)

1996          Elected a member of Crafts

                  Potters'Association, UK.

1997          Awarded Associate Membership,

                  Kokugakai. (国画会会友)

2000          Awarded Full membership,

                  Kokugakai. (国画会会員)

3rd Studio - Isel Hall Stables, Cumbria
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