b. 1950, Devon
Paul Caton was born in 1950 in Devon. After training as a forester in Switzerland, Caton discovered a passion and talent for carving and embarked on a career originally as a sculptor, working in wood, stone and later in bronze. His early work as a sculptor of large scale site specific peices were inspired by artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Constantin Brâncuşi and the ceramicists Lucy Rie and Hans Coper. After moving away from sculptural forms, Caton began to focus his practice on the production of sculptural items with a practical purpose and established a successful career as a maker of bowls. His bowls are included in collections in the UK, Japan and the USA. In the early 1990s he received a Crafts Council grant that funded a research trip to Carrara, Italy, to study alongside the stone carvers of that region. Paul Caton lives and works in Bucknell, Shropshire.