Biography

Image of Ben Davies at workBen grew up in York and started making pots at the age of 14, inspired by his pottery teacher at school. After taking a foundation course in Art and Design at York College, he went on to read Geography and Geology at Manchester University. This was followed by two postgraduate years at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying cello with Derek Simpson and chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet. Since leaving the Academy in 1989, Ben has worked as a professional cellist and teacher. He returned to pottery in 1994, attending classes at Barry Guppy’s studio in Pimlico.

Ben lives in Hackney, East London with his partner and three children, and since 1997 has been building his pots in a shed at the bottom of the garden. He started exhibiting his pots in 2004.

Education and Training

Dates Details
1983 - 1984 York College of Art and Technology - Foundation course in Art and Design
1984 Royal College of Music - ARCM Performers Diploma
1984 - 1987 University of Manchester - BSC Hons in Geography and Geology
1987 -1989 Royal Academy of Music - Postgraduate Studies
1994 -1997 Pimlico Pottery - Evening classes