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The Burton's Environmental Commission: Ceramics by Rupert Johnstone

An explo­ration of the theme of envi­ron­ment and cli­mate change through the medi­um of ceram­ics by South West based artist, Rupert Johnstone.

In 2022, the artist Rupert Johnstone was commissioned by the Burton to respond to the theme of the environment and climate change. Exploring the theme through the medium of ceramics, the Water Vessels – Sampling the Torridge exhibition, is the culmination of the project.

This project begins to tell a story about the geology, environment and ecology of River Torridge from its source in North West Devon to the estuarine mouth in Bideford. The story is told through a collection of ceramic vessels made and glazed from materials found in the water or by its banks.


Rupert Johnstone is an Artist / Maker / Teacher working principally in clay, but with other media when the occasion demands. He makes pots with his partner Alice under the name of RAMP (Roop and Al Make Pots). They exhibit and sell their work in galleries and Craft Events around the UK and abroad. They are members of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the CPA (Craftsmen Potters Association). Always interested in exploring new ways to explore ideas and materials, Roop & Al have collaborated with animators, designers, scientists and technologists on various projects over the years as artists and teachers.
IMG 6013 final works