Born in London, Bedding spent two years as a student at the Lionel Lea Townley BIRCH from 1969, and feels that this has been the most important grounding influence for subsequent work. He gained further experience with Jean Tessier at Villenaux Pottery in France, and returned to join the Leach permanent staff for a further eight years (in which he was able to develop his own style), further developing his skills, guided by Bernard LEACH, Janet LEACH and William (Bill) MARSHALL.
He has always felt the need to decorate his pots, and sees good brushwork and form as fundamental to his work as a craftsman. In 1979 he travelled to Japan and spent a year working at Ichino's family pottery in one of the six ancient pottery villages. He returned to set up his own pottery, and whilst continuing to make traditional domestic stoneware, he became interested in low temperature work, using Raku techniques.
works and access
Access to works: Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall
Three Spires Festival (Inspire 2) Truro, 1987
misc further info
Inspire 2 Catalogue (1987) photo & artist statement
Whybrow (1985) Potters in their Place;
Whybrow (2006) The Leach Legacy