Jonathan Keep was born and grew up in South Africa, he has a Fine Art degree from the University of Natal. After working in a number of studios and a period of teaching he moved to England in 1986 and settled in Suffolk where he continues to live and work. His freethinking approach to pottery has lead him to investigating the subject of pots from a number of viewpoints, from multimedia and virtual reality to a Year of The Artist residency where he worked in collaboration with patients at two doctors surgeries using the pot as a vehicle for patients to visualise their medical condition.
He received an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2002, where his postgraduate show was awarded overall prize-winner of the Lattice Group Awards. He was subsequently awarded a Woo Foundation Graduate Arts Bursary.
His work has been exhibited widely and has been seen recently at Collect London, Network Europe at the Museum of International Ceramic Art, Denmark, Unexpected Too at Sotheby's in New York, the Carlin gallery, Paris, Puls Gallery, Brussels and Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London.