John Maltby studied sculpture at Leicester and at Goldsmith’s College, London. He taught painting for a couple of years before working with David Leach OBE between 1962 and 1964 at Bovey Tracey. By 1964 he had started his own workshop near Crediton, Devon (Stoneshill Pottery).
John initially made domestic stoneware including salt glazed pieces. However, he gradually produced more individual hand-built pieces which drifted away from the functional wares influenced by the Anglo-Oriental tradition. John is internationally known and is highly sought after by collectors world-wide. Examples of his work are housed in numerous museums including The Victoria and Albert, London.
His work is influenced by the English landscape, myths and legends. Kings, Queens and Angels are frequently used as inspiration together with birds, boats and flowers. John has permanently stocked work at The Round House Gallery for over thirty years. He has also contributed to numerous annual Bakers Dozen Exhibitions and also held a one man sell out show at our gallery in 2013 and again in 2015. His work has become difficult to source which has pushed auction prices increasingly higher. Four figure hammer prices are now a common feature for those who missed out buying his work in earlier years. Please contact our gallery for further details.
John passed away in 2020.