Robin Welch (born 1936) studied at Nuneaton, Penzance and London's Central School, and worked briefly at the Leach Pottery in St Ives before opening a pottery in London in 1960 and his present studio in Suffolk in 1965. He established his reputation with well designed tablewares, robust modern shapes with banded glaze decoration that reflected contemporary design and architecture. He has also designed for Wedgwood, Midwinter and Denby. His individual bowls and dishes, some with richly pooling glazes, were amongst the best forms of the 60s and 70s, Welch's language being generally one of Scandinavian austerity.
For many years now Welch has concentrated on individual thrown, coiled and slabbed pots, exploring a range of colour, surface and texture, the forms much freer as Welch has reflected his interests in landscape very much as a painter would.