Australian born Lincoln Kirby Bell brings his clay works to life through the use of vibrant colours and exciting patterns. Employing a distinctive decorating technique to his thrown and hand -built slip-trailed tableware and sculptural pieces, Lincoln’s work is given a raised or textured surface to the exuberantly colourful or bold black and white designs he creates.
It perhaps came as no surprise that Lincoln pursued a career in ceramics, as he was first introduced to clay by his father at the age of four, bringing home clay and fashioning farm animals on the kitchen table. From this early age, his interest grew as he developed and appreciation of the antique china and pottery his mother sold in her antique shop.
Completing his degree in Ceramic Design from the University of South Australia in 1983, Lincoln went on to work as a potter in a variety of countries, alongside teaching and working on archaeological excavation sites, in countries including Thailand and Chile. Amongst other projects, his love of his work and wanting to share the joy it brought to him with others lead him to establish and teach a ceramics program at Casa Guatemala Orphanage, Guatemala from 2003 to 2005.
Having travelled around the world undertaking his craft, Lincoln moved to Newlyn, Cornwall in 2008, where he currently resides. Here, he creates pieces which has a sense of fun and individuality that can be used every day, and truly hopes that people using his pottery will have the same level of enjoyment that he had when creating it.