Athol Tufnell studied at the Harrow school of pottery and Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts, graduating with a joint honors degree in fine art and ceramics. He has worked for more than 30 years in his field, always experimenting and exploring new techniques.
As an artist he works spontaneously, allowing the clay to shape itself in his hands, with no fixed image in mind but working within the structure of the human figure. His longstanding interest in mythology, psychology and ancient culture can all been seen as influences in his work as can his love of texture and a fascination with the power and beauty of the human form. Raku firing is associated with spontaneity and experimental involvement. It is these qualities of chance and chaos that Athol is interested in, examining, through the medium of clay, the primal balance between order and chaos that is echoed in our everyday lives.