It is thought that Kenneth Annat was born in Morningside, Edinburgh in 1923.
Much of his early life is not documented. During the Second World War, he joined the RAF, becoming the navigator on bombing missions over Germany. It seems that his wartime experiences may have resulted in Annat suffering from post-traumatic stress.
After the war, he was involved as a patient in studies by Glasgow University Psychology Department, into the workings of the troubled mind.
For the latter part of his life, Kenneth Annat lived quietly in Bemersyde in the Scottish Borders. He was a self-taught artist and when he was demobilised from the Forces after the Second World War, he became absorbed in drawing and painting., as well as ceramics.
His early pottery and ceramics were always small pieces. They seldom measuring more than a few centimetres. Later, he expanded into larger items such as the bowls.
He died in 1999, and his work is now being re-assessed. He is rank amongst the best of Scotland's outsider artists.
This is a charming and early pot by Annat - it is impressed with his initials on the base as photographed.
It is very Japanese in feel - with a simple shape and decorated with images of grasses which have been painted directly onto the surface with extremely quick brushstrokes. The interior of the pot has a glossy pale blue glaze.
Height: 3 3/4 inches. Diameter at the widest point is 3 1/2 inches.
Good condition with no chips or cracks; a little natural craquelure to the glaze.
A lovely understated piece of fine Scottish studio pottery by this interesting Scottish artist.
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