Roger Owen obituary


My husband, Roger Owen, who has died of most cancers aged 66, was a gifted artist and potter who spent a lot of his life instructing and galvanizing others.

After his retirement from Metropolis of Bristol School in 2015, he was ready to focus on making issues once more. He mixed his abilities of expertise and mark making to create large platters, superbly embellished with giant brushwork designs. These he bought within the Potters, an artist-led co-operative in Bristol, and in lots of galleries all through the south-west of England.

He additionally continued to be concerned in schooling by instructing night lessons in ceramics on the People Home in Bristol and by volunteering with Koestler Artwork, which helps prisoners to discover attainable careers in artwork. His manner of instructing even the best issues made individuals really feel vital and worthy.

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Platter made by Roger Owen

Roger was born in Newport, Pembrokeshire, to Noel, a postman, and Audrey (nee Jones), who labored in home service. He spent his childhood enjoying on the native mountain, Carningli, and across the close by estuary, often called the Parrog. After attending Fishguard faculty, in 1975 he went to South Glamorgan Institute of Larger Schooling (now Cardiff Metropolitan College) to do an art-teaching diploma.

Whereas there he constructed his personal salt kiln and was fascinated by the glaze results he may obtain by throwing handfuls of sawdust, leaves or pine needles into the kiln when it was firing. After finishing his research he moved in 1979 to Bristol, the place he had been informed that the artwork and artistic scene was thrilling.

His first job there was finishing up a bus survey – sitting on each bus in Bristol with a timing system and handfuls of passenger questionnaires, typically annoying the bus drivers. He then frolicked as a self-employed potter, constructing his personal wood-fired kilns, experimenting with salt glazes and supplying commemorative mugs for the Bristol metropolis docks competition in 1983.

Nevertheless, it was a precarious existence and finally he turned to instructing artwork within the metropolis, first at St Mary Redcliffe faculty after which at Hartcliffe faculty. In 1983 he acquired a job at Nailsea faculty in Somerset, the place I used to be a science instructor. In 1990 we gave up our jobs and went travelling for a yr. On our return Roger joined the Metropolis of Bristol School, the place he taught the school’s artwork and design NVQ. Throughout this time there he took college students on artwork journeys to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. We acquired married in 1998.

In his spare time Roger was additionally a gifted guitarist and singer, and performed in bands all through his life, the final one being known as Two Manner Stretch, a bunch of mates he performed with till his dying.

He’s survived by me and our three daughters, Rosie, Elen and Neve.


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