Marshall Colman makes contemporary tableware inspired by Mid-Century Modern in monochrome and decorated ranges.
At school he studied A-level art, specialising in art history, and read history at Keele university, near the North Staffordshire Potteries, where he spent his spare time in the art room learning to make pottery on the wheel. He trained at the Rodmell Pottery with Judith Partridge and set up a studio in Camborne, but financial pressures forced a long break, during which time he worked in public administration. After early retirement he took a BA in Ceramics at Harrow (University of Westminster) in 2009. His studio is in St Albans and he exhibits throughout the UK.
Tableware challenges him to make pottery that is both beautiful and practical. He is interested in the place where art and manufacture meet and he subscribes to the ideal of Charles and Ray Eames of getting the best to the greatest number of people for the least.
He writes about European applied arts from 1850 to the present, with an emphasis on ceramics, and works as an independent curator. He is a trustee of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. He won the St Albans Museums Trust
Prize in 2013 for ceramics shown at UH Galleries and received the Judge’s Award for his entry in the London Potters’ 2017 exhibition at Morley College.