24th May – 3rd July
Tues – Sat 10.30–5pm

A retrospective exhibition celebrating his life of creativity (1936 – 2020) through past and recent ceramic work, automata, paintings, photographs, memorabilia and an illustrated book.

John Maltby under the Tree Fern in his garden at Stoneshill


A man of extraordinary creative talents, John Maltby has left a void within the artistic life of this country. An intuitive understanding of the human condition, aligned with deep technical prowess, a mind open to the wonders of nature, of music, and to the legacy of earlier great artists, John brought to his work a uniqueness of style. Whatever the medium, a ‘Maltby’ piece is always recognisable as his alone.

Through generous loans from collectors and John’s family, a rich array of his work through the decades is on display. Recent work from his final firings and a few earlier pieces are available to buy. What follows is a brief resumé and includes a selection of images of the work for sale in the exhibition. The book gives a fully illustrated account of John’s creative life. 

The following video film of the exhibition introduces you to all the exhibits in both gallery rooms, spanning 6 decades of John Maltby’s creative life.

Written to accompany the current exhibition, this beautiful hardback book contains examples of John's work spanning his entire career. A true celebration of his life of creativity, it is available exclusively through us here at the Yew Tree Gallery and costs £25 plus £4 UK postage. Please contact Gilly to discuss overseas shipping. You can purchase online using our secure payment system by clicking here or alternatively scan the QR code below.

Comments on the book ‘JOHN MALTBY – A Life of Creativity’:

‘Definitely the best book on a great potter that I have ever seen’

‘The publication is excellent quality and is an outstanding achievement’

‘It is a delight….I shall treasure my copy'

‘Such a total joy!’

‘The layout is great and contributions from other artists really provide depth to the story of John’s creative life.’

‘A beautiful book, telling the story of a fascinating life’