Alan Foxley FSDC
Alan was born in 1933 in Rainhill, Lancashire. At school he wanted to be a mechanical engineer, although he aways had a keen interest in art. It wasn’t until doing art in the sixth form that he realised that he wanted a career in the art world. This was put on hold as National Service in the RAF 51 - 53 beckoned.
From 1953 - 56 he studied Art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham and it was here that he was introduced to clay for the first time and the influence of his tutor James Tower. From there he went on to teach art in a brand new large Comprehensive school at Tulse Hill in South London from 56 - 62. He became head of Art at Alleynes Grammar School, Stevenage 62 - 74. During 73 - 74 he spent a year at Liverpool Polytechnic gaining an Advanced Diploma in Art Education and then went on to become a Lecturer in Ceramics at Saffron Walden College of Education until its closure in 1977.
As a result of this he became a full time potter setting up his own workshop, initially wholesaling work but eventually moved into direct retailing with hand-built and thrown stoneware mainly through exhibitions, large ceramic shows and Open studios
During the early eighties he also taught 3D design to Foundation students at St.Albans College of Art.
Bath Academy of Art ,Corsham 1953 - 56
Teaching - in schools 1956 - 1974
Liverpool Polytechnic, Advanced dip. in Art Education1974
College Lecturer - 1974 - 1974
Set up workshop 1974 - until present day
Fellow of Society of Designer Craftsmen, Professional member Craft Potters Association, Selected member Anglian Potters Association, Member Essex Craft Society.
Burton Art Gallery, Devon.
Bow House Gallery, Barnet.
DFN New York
Guildenburgh Gallery, Peterborough
Outside Art 09, Warickshire
Gallery Upstairs, Warwickshire
Perse School, Cambridge
Anglia Potters - Ely and Cambridge
Soc. Des. Crafts, Mall Gallery, London
Soc. Des. Crafts, Chelsea, London
CPA at 50, Gallery at Bevere, Worcs.
Solo Exhibition, Wimpole Hall, Cambs.
Berg Apton Sculpture Trail, Norfolk
Bevere Gallery, Worcs.
Art de Jardin, Rutland
The Dolby Gallery, Uppingham
The Sanctuary, Notts.
Art in the Garden, Cambridge
Fresh Air, Quenington, Gloucs.
Work in Saffron Walden Museum, Chelmsford Museum, Hotel in Fiji
Publications:The Glazebook, Steven Murfitt. Introducing Pottery,Daniel Rhode.