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Jeremy Theophilus 1949-2015 In Memoriam

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Jeremy Theophilus 9 March 1947 – 18 May 2015

Jeremy was a friend and dear colleague.  It was he who helped us build the foundations for Clay Cargo, our current project, gently and carefully encouraging us to weave all the relationships and resources to make it happen.  As co-founder of the British Ceramics Biennial, he immediately saw the potential interest of efforts to link London to Stoke-on-Trent via the canal system by staging clay events and workshops at various canalside locations en route.  He encouraged us too in our research into why hand skills might matter today to professional fields beyond ceramics and design.

Jeremy’s encouragement was always quiet, steady and reassuring, accompanied with enthusiasm and a dash of wry humour.  His help was intensely practical, always at the end of the ‘phone to talk through the wrinkles of funding applications or artistic emphasis.  His support to artists and to the world of ceramics was inspiring.  He is greatly missed yet leaves behind a network of colleagues strengthened and emboldened by his vision and commitment.

Image: Caroline Gervay