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Meet the Technicians: Owen Wall

Ceramicist Owen Wall specialises in bespoke tableware, with a client list that includes Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck and The Ledbury in London. He is also Senior Technician, Ceramics in the School of Art and Design at Middlesex University.

Owen Wall ceramics Middlesex University
Can you tell us about your background?

I graduated from UWIC (University of Wales Institute Cardiff) with a first class honours in Ceramics in 2002, then finished an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2008. Since 2002 I have been self-employed part time and run my own Pottery studio.

What are you working on at the moment?

I mainly make items for restaurants and have worked with some high profile clients, from the famous Fat Duck fine dining restaurant to the large chain, Zizzi. I make in-house, whole ranges of items for many London restaurants including the Clove Club, who recently received their first Michelin star. You can see a lot of the projects I have done here.

What has been your career highlight to date?

It's hard to choose a career highlight as I have had lots of exciting things happen over the years.  Just seeing my work getting better pleases me most, and I know it's just the beginning in many ways. I do get to eat at all the restaurants and that is obviously enjoyable!

Can you tell us about the facilities you work with here at Middlesex?

Middlesex University, while investing in lots of the new fabrication processes involving advances in computer technology, has also kept hold of many of the traditional hand-making and machining processes. We have some fantastic workshop equipment available to students. Other colleges have chosen to go completely 'digital' but for me there's so much to learn through making and it is vital to have that opportunity.

What do you enjoy most about working with students at Middlesex?

I get a wide variety of projects in the Ceramics room and that keeps my knowledge of ceramics broad. I enjoy the ambitious projects the most, where the students have allowed a lot of time to really get the most out of the medium.

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