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Lorna Fraser

Artist Biography

Born: 1961, Edinburgh, Scotland. Studied ceramics at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating in 1984 and have been a ceramist since then, working from my studio in Edinburgh. Exhibiting widely in Scotland and internationally.


My hand-built porcelain work is inspired by the infinite array of forms in the botanical world - exploring the sculptural quality of plants, responding to their structure whilst selecting favourite composite shapes in order to create my own ceramic “hybrids”.

I have been lucky enough to have been given access to the collection of  specimens in the Herbarium of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where I draw inspiration from the huge collections of pressed plant  specimens, impressive seed pod collection as well as the spirit collection of pickled flowers and fruits stored in glass jars.

Selected Exhibitions 

2018 - ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY, “Open” SSA and VAS Together. 

2017 - Cheongju International Craft Biennale, S.Korea. UK pavilion with the Crafts Council and the British Council;  MEFFAN GALLERY,Forfar, “Making Space” 2016 - PATRIOTHALL GALLERY, Edinburgh - “Making Space” Two person show THE BARONY CENTRE, Scot Thai Craft Exchange exhibition, British Council ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN Edinburgh - Scot Thai Craft Exchange, British Council ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY, Visual Arts Scotland, SSA 

2015 –Cheongju International Craft Biennale, S.Korea (honourable mention) SCOTTISH SCULPTURE PARK, Caol Ruadh. Invited artist. RBGE, John Hope Gateway, “ Lorna Fraser,The Herbarium An Artist's View” ROSALUX Gallery, Minneapolis, “The Cut Of Your Jib” ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY, Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open. 

2014 – SCOTTISH SCULPTURE PARK, Caol Ruadh. Invited artist; SELECTED, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh; ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY, Edinburgh- Society of Scottish Artists. Invited Installation. 

2013 - PLOCKTON GALLERY– 4PLUS. Invited artist; SCOTTISH SCULPTURE PARK, Caol Ruadh. Invited installation; ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY, Edinburgh- Society of Scottish Artists. Invited Installation; DANCING LIGHT GALLERY; BIG CRAFT GIVEAWAY- Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Logan Botanic Garden, Caithness Horizons and National Museum of Scotland. 

2012 – RSA Edinburgh- Society of Scottish Artists; ROYALSCOTTISHACADEMY,Edinburgh-VisualArtsScotland; ROYALBOTANIC GARDEN, Edinburgh -Big Craft Giveaway; PATRIOTHALL GALLERY, Natural Curiosity. Curated by Lynn Wilson; CAMBO ESTATE, Fife - Art Installation in stable block. Invited by Heartwood artists; SCOTTISH ART CLUB, Edinburgh, Invited Artist 

2011 – PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, USA - Craft Show, ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY,Edinburgh- Society of Scottish Artists, RSA ,Edinburgh - Visual Arts Scotland 

2010 RBGE, Edinburgh -John Hope Gateway ”Inside The Herbarium-an Exhibition in Clay and Cloth” COMPASS GALLERY, Glasgow, SAATCHI GALLERY, London- “Collect” 


2008 YINGGE CERAMIC MUSEUM, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, LANDRATSAMT, Munich, “About-Scotland-Bavaria,” GALLERIE THEOPHANE, Paris, PAISLEY ART GALLERY, Open Exhibition, PENNEL GALLERY, Peebles, ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY, Edinburgh, SSA & VAS. 

2007 ICHEON WORLD CERAMIC CENTER, Korea- 4th World Ceramic Biennale, CITY ARTS CENTRE, Edinburgh - “Scissors, Paper, Stone,” NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND – “GIFTED,” THE ROPEWALK – “Meanwhile Further North” Humberside, England, ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY- Society of Scottish Artists ABERDEEN ART GALLERY – Aberdeen Artists Annual Open Exhibition




500 Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books

The Ceramic Book, An A-Z guide of 300 Ceramic Artists


2016 - McCracken Pollok Prize, Society of Scottish Artists 

2015 – Edinburgh Visual Art and Craft Award

2008 – Creative Scotland Development Award 

2006 – Edinburgh Visual Art and Craft Award 

2004 – David Colvin Prize, Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy

2002 – Wren and Bell Purchase Prize, Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy.