About Penguin Pots and Graham Bound

King penguins at Volunteer Point in the Falkland Islands
“You can take the boy out of the Falklands but not the Falklands out of the boy”
Work being prepared for our Ceramic Garden show

I have a thing about both pots and penguins

I know: an explanation is needed. I was born in the Falkland Islands in the far-away South Atlantic, surrounded by millions of penguins and very few people.

Later, living in Uruguay, I discovered pre-Columbian pottery and modern ceramics. This set me on the path to becoming a potter. But only years later, when I settled in the UK, could I achieve that ambition.

While working as a journalist and an editor in the UK, I also took courses and polished up my pottery skills, both on the wheel and hand-building. I now make ceramics using many techniques, but I have to admit that I am biased towards the rapid results of the wheel.

Here I am then, making pots in Kilburn, London, thousands of miles from where I started, and missing those flightless birds more than a bit. It seems you can take the boy out of the Falklands, but not the Falklands out of the boy.

So when I was looking for a brand for my ceramics, I was pleased to tip my clay-encrusted hat to the lovely birds that shared the land of my birth.

Penguin Pots: inspired in the far away Falklands, made in London.

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