Julian Stair was born in Bristol in 1955 to a family of artists and writers. He took up pottery at 16 and went on to study at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1981.
During this time he was assistant to Scott Marshall in St Just, Cornwall, one of Bernard Leach’s last apprentices. He has always balanced studio practice with writing and in 2002 completed a PhD researching the origins of studio pottery and its relationship to modernism, Critical Writing on English Studio Pottery: 1910 – 1940.
He is currently Principal Research Fellow at the University of Westminster and a co-investigator for the AHRC funded project Ceramics in the Expanded Field: Behind the Scenes in the Museum. He is also an artistic contributor to the HERA funded project, Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA).
Julian has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years and has work in numerous public collections. In 2004 he was awarded the European Achievement Award by the World Crafts Council for his monumental work, first shown at the launch of Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects held at the V&A. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was Deputy Chair of the Crafts Council. He lives and works in South London.