have always preferred small to large. I feel more comfortable in
the environment of a small car or small house. I now work in a studio
the same size as the box room I grew
employs the traditional means open to any studio potter, though
on a different scale and to
a more refined finish than most.
He refers to what he makes as 'pots', and they usually accord to
the basic traditional concept of a ceramic vessel, having an hollow
interior and a hole in the top, though it is rarely large enough
for us to see into the interior of the vessel.
The porcelain bodies of these pots are lightweight, smooth and fine
textured, creating a feeling of delicacy and preciousness which
Swindell likens to that of a sea shell. But durability and stability
have to be integrated with this evident refinement, all of these
factors held together in what he calls a "secure marriage"
of process and concept.
Swindell's work is in many public and private collections around
the world including,
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Birmingham City Art Gallery
Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Crafts Council, London
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Institute of Art, Chicago, U.S.A.