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John Chalke RCA

Biography to Display: 




Teaching Certificate, Art Education, Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire, UK






John Chalke is known for functional and sculptural wheel thrown, hand built, and press molded stoneware. He also worked in earthenware, porcelain, and Egyptian paste, and is best known for plates and wall plaques. Chalke fired electric, wood, soda, and salt kilns.

 An established potter in England, Chalke emigrated to Alberta, Canada in 1968.. Between 1984 and 1986, he worked independently in the United States researching glazes.

 Chalke was married to the ceramic artist Barbara Tipton, with whom he ran Wild Rose Pottery.  

Chalke said “Japanese pottery from the Momoyama period (1573-1615) has always been the strongest influence on my work.”[1]

[1] Davis, Spencer L. (Acting Ed.). “John Chalke.” Ceramics Monthly 29, no.10 (Dec. 1981.)




Public Collections to Display: 

The Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Aukland Art Museum, Aukland, New Zealand

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario

Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Canada

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg, Canada



Bibliography to Display: 

Butler, Ruth (Ed.). “John Chalke and Jacquelyn Rice.” Ceramics Monthly 45, no. 2 (Feb. 1997).

Chalke, John, and Ann Mortimer. The Canadian Connection (audio visual).

Chalke, John. “Comment: The Only Thing I’d Change.” Ceramics Monthly 32, no.2 (Feb. 1984).

Chalke, John. Portfolio: Surface Thoughts.” Ceramics Monthly 40, no. 10 (Dec. 1992).

Davis, Spencer L. (Acting Ed.). “John Chalke.” Ceramics Monthly 29, no.10 (Dec. 1981).

Hodge, Gillian. “John Chalke: Canadian Potter.” Ceramics Monthly 23, no. 3 (March 1975).

Hunt, William C. (Ed.). John Chalke: Throwing on the Radio.” Ceramics Monthly 38, no. 9 (Nov. 1990).




Artist's Studio: Wild Rose Pottery



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AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks

Sculptural and one-of-a-kind objects signed “John Chalke” and dated.  Functional production work produced at Wild Rose Pottery was stamped with a flower chop, which had been his father’s stamp for marking wax on letters. 

Wholly Cow Plate
Date: 1984
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.152
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.152

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 22, 2023.