It was here, in his last year, that he decided to take up pottery. In 1960 he set up his own workshop in Forest Hill, London, sharing the premises with Alen Wallwork.
Progressive designs were readily accepted in London at that time, and Rooke applied his efforts to making pieces of a sculptural nature. To supplement his income during this period he lectured at London University and at Goldsmiths' College. The early pieces were mainly fashioned by hand using coils and blocks.Rooke found that whereas a work might not find a market as a piece of sculpture, if made into a lamp base it was more readily acceptable to the public. The lamp bases were, indeed, popular and have proved a mainstay until the present day. 1938 1955-59 Studied painting and lithography at Ipswich School of Art. 1959-60 Studied printmaking and ceramics at Goldsmiths College, London. Lectured - Goldsmiths College, London and St.
1960 Established workshop in London. Established pottery and painting studios in a Victorian mill. Joined by sons Aaron and Felix in the pottery. Closed pottery and gallery in 2004. 2004 Commenced building a new painting studio.
Resumed work concentrating on painting and print making. Work in private collections and, Victoria and Albert Museum, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Liecester Museum, Cleveland Museum, Paisley Museum, Nuffield Foundation, Rosska Museum-Sweden, Trondhiem Museum-Norway. Some works are to be found at Christies, Bonhams, Phillips, Collectors fairs and internet auctions, Ceramics- Paul Rice Gallery.
1995 Painting-Bury St Edmunds Festival 1996 Crafts Council Gallery 1995 Edinburgh Festival Queens Hall 1996, 1997, and 1999 Norwich Festival- Paintings, 1998. The item "Bernard Rooke vintage Mid Century Modern Brutalist studio pottery set 8 goblets" is in sale since Thursday, November 15, 2018.
This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\Studio/ Handcrafted Pottery". The seller is "bootleggerone" and is located in Carlton, Oregon. This item can be shipped worldwide.