Ewen Henderson (1934-2000) was one of Britain’s major ceramic artists to emerge in the 1960s, a student of the increasingly innovative department at Camberwell College of Arts, where he was taught by Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, the latter considering him one of her most important pupils. But Henderson had began as a painter, and brought a watercolorist and collagist’s sensibility to clay, treating his forms as much as a palette as an aspect of sculpture. Colour and texture soon merged with structure as Henderson explored increasingly pitted and fusing glazes and oxides, the pots of the early years opening out into far more complex shapes that explored relationships of space, interlocking volume and contour, and drawing as much on imaginary landscapes of the mind as places seen and felt. Henderson’s art was full of power, but was also playful and intricate, its full import still to be properly understood.

Henderson’s work can be viewed in many international public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.


2014      Erskine, Hall & Coe, London, UK
2000      Ewen Henderson Paintings, The Red Gallery, Hampshire and The London Institute Gallery,  London
1998      Lynne Strover Gallery, Fen Ditton, Cambridge
               Rufford Ceramic Centre, Apsida Gallery
               Austin Desmond Fine Art, London
1996      Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany
               Gallery Gilbert, Dorchester Ceramic and Painting, England
1995      Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham (with support from MAC New Work Trust)
               Passage of Time – New Ceramics and Drawings (travelling exhibition), various venues in England, Wales, Scotland and Germany
1994      Galerie Besson, London
               Economist Plaza, London
1993      Osiris Gallery, Brussels
               Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
               Gallerie Heller, Sandhausen, Germany
1992      Galerie Besson, London
               Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
1990      Galerie Besson, London
               Garth Clark Gallery, New York
1989      National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
1987      Galerie Besson, London
1986      Retrospective Exhibition, British Crafts Centre, London
1982      Amalgam Gallery, Barnes, London (Ceramics/Paintings)
               The Oxford Gallery, Oxford
1981      Westminster Gallery, Boston, USA
               Craft Shop, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1980      Kurfürstliche Burg, Eltville am Rhein
               Gallerie im Turm Ausstellung (Ceramics/Paintings)
1979      Craftwork Gallery, Heals, London
1978      Peter Dingley Gallery, Stratford upon Avon, England
1976      Estudio Claus Gallery, Spain
1975      Marjorie Parr Gallery, London
1970      Bodicea Gallery, London

Courtesy of Joanna Bird Gallery, London