Mary & Bob Kershaw                                          The Robert James Studio 

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  Located close to the South Coast in Sompting, West Sussex, a husband and wife team.
 We formed the Robert James Studio in 1997.
Mary E Kershaw: Profile
  • Mary died in September 2021 but her unique work lives on in the UK, mainland Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. Because of this, Mary continues to be represented on this website in the present tense. A few examples of her work remain available for purchase.
  • Sculptor and artist, working with clay since 1994, with the background of working as a professional portrait artist since 1980.
  • From 1999 to 2017, she provided private tuition in ceramic sculpture, modelling and hand-building; also in drawing and painting.
  • Apart from selling her work directly to the public, Mary fulfilled a number of commissions.
  • Her work has also been sold through various galleries. Please contact for details of current availability from the studio.
  • August 2018 - January 2023: work sold by Ragleth Gallery, Church Stretton, Shropshire. 
  • Publication: images of Mary's work are featured in Lark Books 500-series:
    • 500 Figures in Clay - Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form
    • 500 Animals in Clay - Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form
  • 'Ceramics: Art and Perception ' - Issue #76 (2009) - an in-depth illustrated opinion article by Julie-Anne Ure: "The Work of Mary Kershaw - Of Ancient Altars and Alchemy"
  • 'Keramiek' - August 2010 (Yr 36 / Issue #4) - "The Parallel World of Mary Kershaw" (text in Dutch)
Bob Kershaw: Profile
  • Originally worked in a supporting role as technician, glaze chemist and administrator/facilitator.
  • Subsequently developed wheel-throwing skills, producing both functional and ornamental/decorative studio pottery in stoneware and porcelain.
  • I continue to develop and produce all of the glazes used in our studio.
  • From 1999 to 2017, I provided private tuition, specialising in throwing for complete beginners through to intermediate level.
  • Apart from selling my work directly to the public, both from our studio and at exhibitions, I have fulfilled a variety of commissions.
  • My work has also been sold through various galleries.  Please contact me for details of current availability from the studio and in galleries.
We are included in the Third Edition (2015) of  British Studio Potters' Marks
Commissions are invited for studio pottery

  For more information, please email to or telephone (+44) 01903 751 592

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