Colin Caffell

About Colin Caffell


Colin Caffell is both a sculptor and ceramicist, working mainly in clay to create his figurative bronzes and very individual pieces of hand-thrown pottery. 

He originally trained in Ceramics and Three-Dimensional Design at Camberwell School of Art in London, where he studied with a number of renowned teachers of the time, including Colin Pearson, Ian Godfrey, Glenys Barton and Ewen Henderson. He then went on to run his own pottery in London for a number of years before moving into the less abstract world of figurative sculpture. He has now come full circle and his most recent, more contemporary pieces of sculpture (Flame and Golden Egg in particular), are very much a synthesis of these two fields of work.

Mentored by the late Anthony Southwell, sculptor and vice-president of the RBA (Royal Society of British Artists), Caffell’s sculptures are sensual, organic and often erotic. Drawing frequently upon archetypal and mythological symbolism, his work is rich in the textures of human tenderness and passion fired by a fascination with the quality and form of sensuality, and how we express ourselves and our relationship with the world through our bodies. He is particularly interested in the feminine; both the physical woman and the psychological or soul feminine, the anima.

Caffell has exhibited throughout Great Britain and has work in private collections in Europe, South Africa, Australia and the U.S.A. In recent years he has exhibited with the RBA, both at the Mall Galleries in London and at the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts.

Caffell’s design for a Memorial to Cornish Tin Mining was selected by public vote (72%), with the final bronze figure, to be scaled up to approximately 7 feet in height  This will eventually stand outside the World Heritage Site and museum of Geevor, the last tin mine to close on the west Cornish coast.

Caffell also undertakes and welcomes sculpted portrait commissions, working throughout the country. He has recently completed two of well known film actors, Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Mamma Mia) and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), who were in Cornwall filming an Edwardian costume drama ‘Summer in February’ about the colony of artists who lived in the remote village of Lamorna just before the First World War.

Caffell works primarily in clay, modelling pieces to be cast in bronze at a London foundry, or designed as ceramic items to be fired in the studio.

All works are individually crafted.