Training and experience
Joined the Dartington Pottery Workshop in 1984. Production Thrower at Dartington until 1988.
Rob worked with a Norwegian potter and exported tableware under commission to him for ten years.
In 1990 Rob created his pottery in Littlehempston, Totnes, Devon and has since specialised in Raku.
Rob Sollis makes a large range of hand thrown raku fired ceramics. Since working at Pinewood Studios making ceramics for Ridley Scott’s science fiction epic Prometheus, Rob has developed new large scale unique making techniques and firing methods.
“In the Beginning”
The opportunity to learn to throw pots in my lunch hour at school was a lifeline to an otherwise very ordinary existence at my comprehensive school Ravensbourne Boys in Bromley. Initial enthusiasm was sparked by an inspired art faculty head MR R Willis. Over the next few terms, whilst in my fourth year, that inspiration became embedded in me and, before the year was out, I had made the throwing room my domain. This led to studying ceramics and art to both ‘O’ and’ ‘A’ levels and despite average grades my confidence had grown. By the time I left school in 1984, having been awarded an Art prize for my efforts in ceramics, the offer of a place to further my skills at the respected Dartington Pottery Training Workshop seemed a natural course.
These are a few pictures taken at school and at home in my first pottery. Click an image to start slideshow.
It seems too early for a complete retrospective I’ve decided, so I’ll leave it here for now.
In 2005 Rob moved to the Alto Alentejo in Portugal. Click an image to start slideshow.