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Kirsti Brown

Artist Biography

Inspired by my love of wandering, drawing and daydreaming by the coast, I hand build ceramic vessels influenced by the sea, beaches and cliffs around Wales and Scotland. The decoration evokes shorelines, waves and landscape featuring my distinctive vivid turquoise glaze.My latest work takes influences from ancient rock carvings and artefacts.

The work I currently produce is hand built from a variety of stoneware clays. The slab built bottles are created using thinly rolled clay to create finished pieces which are light and elegant. Coiled bottles are spherical in form, but each one is completely different due to the nature of the construction method.

The bottles made are reminiscent of human forms having defined shoulders and narrow necks. The glazes and decorations are then added to evoke landscapes, seascapes and marks found in the landscape. The coiled forms are reminiscent of washed and worn beach pebbles. I use a dry turquoise glaze as well as impressed marks highlighted with copper carbonate and over glazed with a satin white glaze. Using a variety of clays, the glaze is altered from a vivid turquoise to a washed out blue.

During 2016 and 2017 I have taken part in Helfa Gelf, the art trail for North Wales and I will be opening the studio again in 2018.

Along side making I have delivered workshops with Bluecoat Display Centre, Kirkby Gallery and Ruthin Craft Centre.

Training: BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts, Crewe and Alsager College (Manchester Metropolitan University)

In 1996 I set up my first workshop in Chester, but have also been based in Liverpool and am currently working from a studio at home in Hawarden, Flintshire.

Selected Exhibitions 

Spring 2019               Helfa Gelf Artists, Theatr Clwyd, Mold

January 2019             60@ Bluecoat, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

​Christmas 2017          'Feast', Harding House Gallery, Lincoln

July 2017                   Summer Exhibition, Made Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland

May 2017                   'Flow', Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge          

September 2016          'Under the Same Sky' Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge

Christmas 2016            Exhibition of Festive Treasure 2016  Emporium   Gallery, Lichfield

Summer 2016              Snapdragon Solstice, Old Chapel Gallery, Herefordshire

​Summer 2016              'Coast' at Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

Summer 2016              'Crafted' at Kirkby Gallery, Kirkby, Merseyside

September 2015          “Time and Tide”, Heart Gallery, Hebbden Bridge

September 2015           Regional Print Centre, Undegun, Wrexham

Summer 2014               Display cases in the foyer at Oriel Wrecsam

February 2013              Grosvenor Open, Grosvenor Museum, Chester