Born in Sheffield, England in 1944, Rynne Tanton started his career as an industrial chemist for Plessey doing metallurgical analysis. In his early twenties he moved to New Zealand and attended teacher’s college in Hamilton. Here he undertook many different extracurricular activities including poetry, music, dance and ceramics. Near the end of his training he was invited to become a ceramics teacher and that was the beginning of 26 years of teaching.
Rynne later moved to Melbourne to study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. While attending RMIT, to obtain his Diploma of Art, Rynne made copper jewellery and sold it at the Queen Victoria Market on weekends to support his studies. On completion of his Diploma, Rynne moved to Launceston Tasmania where he took up a lecturing position at the University of Tasmania.
Rynne started producing pottery from his Underwood property near Launceston. His main inspiration is nature and the way that it produces tactile objects. Rynne developed a range of techniques that up until that time had only been indirectly used. Physically textured functional pots were the initial focus which developed into visually textured surfaces with glaze on glaze decoration and macro-crystalline glaze effects. Rynne’s work may be found in several national and international collections as well as many private collections. Now no longer teaching but working as a full-time potter and edging into sculpture with his expansion into bronze foundry.
Made in Australia.