Charles Bound was born in New York City in 1939. After graduating from Union University in 1962 with a degree in English Literature, Charles spent the next three years teaching at secondary level. From 1965 to 1971 he worked for a publishing company, dividing his time between the USA and Africa. By 1972 he was juggling a variety of commitments; teaching, traveling, writing and theatre work, mostly in Kenya.

Charles did not come to study ceramics until 1983, setting up a studio while working as a college technician and teaching. In 1994 he was gifted the use of space on a farm where he could build his own wood fired kiln, which he has been working with since.

Charles and his wife Joy currently live and work in Wales. Charles has a son, Kelton, and granddaughter, Allwynne, who live in the United States.

Solo Exhibitions

United Kingdom:

  • Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne
  • Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, Bath
  • Copernican Connection, Yorkshire
  • The Design Innovation Centre, Leeds
  • European Ceramics, Leeds
  • Hart Gallery, London
  • Primavera, Cambridge

Group Exhibitions

United Kingdom:

  • Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne
  • Amalgam, London
  • Anatol Orient, London
  • Artsite Gallery, Bath
  • Boothhouse Gallery, Yorkshire
  • Bradford Design Exchange
  • Candover Gallery, Hampshire
  • Collect at the V&A, London (with the Hart Gallery)
  • Contemporary Ceramics, London (with the Hart Gallery)
  • Deardon Gallery, Yorkshire
  • Hart Gallery, London
  • Leach Gallery, Studio and Museum , St. Ives
  • Monmouth Museum
  • Octogan Gallery, Whichford
  • Oxford Ceramics, Oxford
  • Powdermills Gallery, Dartmoor
  • Rufford County Park, Ollerton


  • Galerie Hamelin, Honfleur
  • Maison de la Ceramique, Giroussens
  • Printemps des Potiers, Bandol


  • Galerie Handwerk, Munich

New Zealand:

  • Fletcher Challenge


  • SOFA, Chicago


Eddie Curtis, 'Charles Bound', New Ceramics, #1-2015, January 2015

David Jones, Firing, Philosophies within Contemporary Ceramic Practice, Crowood Press, 2010

Charles Bound, 'A Thought', Ceramic Review, #245, September/October 2010

Charles Bound, 'Fired Earth', Ceramic Review, #224, March/April 2007

Nicole Crestou, 'Les Printemps des Potiers', Ceramique et du Verre, #127, November/December 2002, p52

Daving Whiting, 'Charles Bound - New Ceramics', Craft Magazine, March/April 2002, p56

Charles Bound, 'Getting It Right', Ceramic Review, #192, November/December 2001

Jane Waller, The Human Form in Clay, Crowood Press, 2001

Emmanuel Cooper, Ten Thousand Years of Pottery Fourth Edition, 2000

Jim Robison, Large Scale Ceramics, A & C Black, 1997

Tony Birks, 'Charles Bound', Ceramique et du Verre, #86, March/April 1996, pp44-45

Jim Robison, 'Letting Go', Ceramic Review, #155, September/October 1995, pp38-41

Tony Birks, The Complete Potter's Companion, Conran Octopus, (1993)

Charles Bound

Charles Bound giving a demonstration in Bandol, France

Charles Bound giving a demonstration
Bandol, France