Artist Statement

The development of my work into ceramics, colour and spatial perception began with a Masters degree at Cardiff in 2003. The work explores the ways in which spaces within landscape appear altered depending on the ever-changing colours of season, weather, time and farming. The bowls act as a canvas for paintings that distil specific landscape scenes, perceptibly altering the size, depth and shape of the form by the applied colour. The forms can be made to seem wider or narrower, deeper or shallower, heavier or lighter, or they may appear to undulate, bend, move or hover by the juxtaposition of finer lines. The viewing of both inner and outer surfaces together enables me to exploit colour connections and visual play from one side to another, emphasising or flattening the dimensionality of the form.

Notions above were the topic of 18 months studio practice before embarking on a PhD in March 2006. This was undertaken to develop the ideas with more emphasis upon the spatial phenomena in relation to colour theory.

As part of the research-based practice I returned to the basics of colour theory and tested out ideas on the three-dimensional conical form. I found that colours behave differently when viewed across three-dimensional space than on a two-dimensional surface, particularly on the inner bowl form where illusions can appear much stronger. The illusory spatial colour phenomena were then used on forms to suggest specific landscape scenes, such as Table Mountain in South Wales and The Rigi in Switzerland, as colour arrangements allude to spaces and atmospheres found therein.

The research has enabled me to develop a vocabulary of spatial colour knowledge specific to the three-dimensional bowl form, in which I have learnt to manipulate and articulate three-dimensional space to a much greater effect. After a long awaited continuation of my studio practice, I am now integrating the findings from my PhD with colourways and arrangements from my previous practice, for which my intuitive response to landscape scenes, colour and form, remain key objectives for my practice.

Technical Information
The pieces are hand thrown and turned, the movement of the wheel often reflected in the slight asymmetry of the form. The lines are applied by returning the bisque fired bowl to the wheel and painted with ceramic colour by hand. A matt glaze is then applied to stabilize and enhance the coloured surface.

Education and Qualifications

2006-10 UWIC School of Art and Design, Cardiff: PhD Ceramics.
2003-04 UWIC School of Art and Design, Cardiff: MA Ceramics: Distinction.
1996-97 University of Exeter: Post Graduate Certificate in Art and
Design Education
1993-96 University of Wolverhampton: BA (Hons) Illustration and
3D design: 2.1

Employment History
2005-14 Ceramic Artist
2009-11 Committee member: Colour Group of Great Britain (un-paid)
2004-11 Private Art tutor, Cardiff
05/2005 Artist residency project, Heol-y-cyw and Coychurch Primary Schools, South Wales
Lecturer of Art and Design, Stamford College
Teacher of Art and Design, King Edward VII School, Melton Mowbray

Group/Selected Exhibitions
01/2016 New York Ceramic and Glass Fair, Joanna Bird, New York
07/2015 CoCA, York Art Gallery, York
06/2015 Glazed and Diffused, Leslie Ferrin, North Adams, USA
11/2014 Heat and Dust, Joanna Bird, Chiswick, London
11/2014 Gems, Contemporary Ceramic Centre, London
06/2014 Wesley-Barrell Craft Awards, 15 Wigmore Street, London.
02/2014 Voir et Percevoir, Gallerie du Don, Le Don du Fel, France
01/2014 Leslie Ferrin’s Ceramic Top 40, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, USA
09/2013 Fireworks Now, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
04/2013 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art (and April 2014)
10/2012 MADE London, Marylebone, London (and Oct 2013)
05/2012 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
03/2012 Beyond Borders (NCECA), ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, USA
03/2012 In the Window, Bluecoats Display Centre, Liverpool
09/2011 Fiesta, Leach Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
11/2010 Lustre, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham
10/2010 Eight, Square 1 Art, Arundel, West Sussex
03/2010 Paperficial, Craft2eu, Hamburg
03/2010 Works from 12th Westerwaldpreis 2009, Grimmerhus Keramikmuseum, Denmark
10/2009 Origin Craft Fair, Somerset House, London (and 2009, 2010)
08/2009 Ceramics of Europe 2009, Westerwald Museum, Höhr-Grenshauzen, Germany
02/2009 A Sense of Affinity, Ceramic Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
01/2009 On the Surface, Blackwell Art Gallery, Bowness-on-Windermere
10/2007 Hue, Line and Form, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
01/2006 Prospect - Ten Artists in Clay, National Museum of Wales
08/2005 Verve, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin
05/2005 The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005, Korea

Current Galleries
2014-15 Joanna Bird, London
2014 Gallerie du Don, Le Don du Fel, France
2014 Lane House Arts, Bath
2013-14 Contemporary Ceramics Centre, Great Russell St, London
2007-14 Bircham Gallery, Norfolk
2005-14 Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Denbighshire
2005-14 Bluecoats Display Centre, Liverpool

Awards: prizes
05/2009 1st prize ‘Vessel, Form, Décor’ Ceramics for Europe Westerwald Prize, Germany
07/2006 People’s Choice Award, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Swansea
06/2006 Welsh Artist of the Year Award for the Applied Arts
10/2005 First Time Exhibitor Award, Chelsea Crafts Fair
03/2005 Diploma of Honour, Honourable Mention, 3rd World Ceramic Biennale ’05 Korea

Awards: funding
05/2014 Arts Council Wales Creative Wales Award
08/2012 Arts Council Wales Training Grant
07/2010 Art Council Wales Project Grant
05/2009 Palmer Travel Award, Colour Group of Great Britain
03/06-03/09 Bursary: PhD in Ceramics, UWIC Bars Scheme, Cardiff
05/2005 Arts Council Wales: School Community Arts Project
03/2005 WAI Travel Award: Ceramic Biennale 2005 Exhibition, Korea

Public Collections
2010 The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
2009 Westerwald Ceramic Museum, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany

12/2015 Ceramic Review: Article about my work at York by Alex McErlain
11/2012 Ceramic Review: Article ‘Selected Nuances’
02/2011 Resonant Colour exhibition catalogue: Essay ‘Space, Colour and Form’
11/2010 Advertising campaign for Ceramic Art London 2010, CR and Daily Telegraph
09/2010 Advertising Campaign for Lustre Contemporary Craft Fair 2010
09/2010 Ceramic Review: Article ‘Colour and Contour’
05/2010 Ceramic Monthly: Upfront exhibition review (1/2 page), Craft Centre Leeds
10/2009 Advertising Campaign for the Crafts Council’s Origin Craft Fair
2009; numerous locations including poster campaign on London’s underground, front cover of Origin catalogue, a-n magazine (Oct), RA magazine (Sept), Time Out (7 Oct).
06/2009 New Ceramics (Neue Keramik): Front cover image: issue 03/09
01/2005 Ceramic Review: Article ‘A Potter’s Day’
07/2005 Crafts: Back cover advertisement on for Verve, Ruthin,

Art/Research Presentations
09/2015 Arable Landscape, CAY, York
10/2013 Colour and Clay: My Journey So Far, CAL, Royal College of
Art, London
11/2010 Organiser & Chair, Designers that Colour, Colour Group GB,
City Uni, London
09/2009 AIC 2009 Congress - Spatial Colour Effects, Sydney, Australia
05/2009 A Sense of Affinity: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
06/2008 AIC 2008 Interim Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

Project Gallery
Exhibiting Contemporary Art
63 High Street Arundel
West Sussex BN18 9AJ