Teaching 1992 - 2000 Sunderland University; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee; Edinburgh College Art
Always remember the JOY of working with clay and acknowledge the unashamed irony found/seen in the work.
In any art form my search is for that something that awakens my senses; I’m looking for a generosity of spirit in form, content and expression. At a concert, theatre or exhibition I’m hoping for the unexpected, the fearlessness of the creator, something to make me draw breath in amazement - or laugh out loud.
However, it doesn’t do to be predictable so the paintings of Georgio Morandi are equally appealing as that of Kirchner; then there’s Beethoven, Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Eric Clapton all float my boat and I wish I could sing like Adele or Aretha Franklin; rock band 4 Non Blondes are great too.
The work of Dutch Architect (Delirious New York) Rem Koolhaas appeals; always extending himself and coming up with the unexpected
So, no pressure on me as my own claywork develops in the workshop…….this approach to making comes in stark contrast to the current viewpoint for a cooler approach to clay and glaze but it comes from deep inside, a place where humour, heat and heart play a huge part; a place of escape, perhaps, but also a recognition of the JOY and privilege of working with this fascinating medium.
‘Loudmouth’ - it’s noisy! Does it make you laugh or grimace? Either is ok as you have reacted……it’s drawn your attention – they remind me of the Muppets………!!? (unintentional – not a fan)
Flash – unashamed irony….
Sun-drenched bowl with big fat juicy nuggets of real bright gold lustre!
Home from Home – look closely for copies of a painting (of wallpapers and Ercol) by Peter Pretsell, my late husband; artist, painter, printmaker and Head of Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art until 2003.
Untitled – carpet painted by Peter
Lined Blue Coracle – the lines are from a drawing by Peter Pretsell
Polka Dot Coracle – as above
Yellow Joy – sheer expression of joy and playing with materials – why not
2008 Scottish Arts Council Award research in New York and Chicago
2003 Scottish Arts Council Award Solo Touring Exhibition
1999 Major Scottish Arts Council award
1990 Post Graduate scholarship Edinburgh College of Art
2004 Galerie Albion Putti Groningen Holland
1999 51st International Competition of Ceramic Art Faenza Italy
1997 Time for Tea Brasilia Cultura Inglesia Musea da Republica Rio de Janeiro BrazilKutani International Decorative Ceramics Competition Japan
1992 Bienniale Internationale de Ceramique d’Art Vallauris France
2018 July - October Contemporary Ceramics Centre London WC1B 3BF
2017 4 - 30 October - Scottish Arts Club
2017 May - August Tatha Gallery Newport on Tay - Solo ceramic show
2016 Awards - Visual Arts Scotland - Scottish Arts Club Prize
2016 Invited Artist Pittenweem Arts Festival Fife 6 – 14 August
2016 VAS Royal Scottish Academy 29 January – 20 February
2015 Ceramic Art York September
2014 Potfest in the Park
2013 Potfest in the Park2012Contemporary Ceramics Centre Great Russell Street London
2011 Unite Collins Gallery Glasgow2009Origin Somerset House The Strand London
2008 Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art
2001 Form and Transfer curator Stephen Dixon for Drumcroon Wigan Lancs
1997 Hot off the Press Crafts Council Gallery London
International Museum of Ceramics Faenza Italy
Ceramic Collection Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth
British Council London
Aberdeen Art Gallery Schoolhill Aberdeen
Museum of Ceramics Vallauris France
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW)
Crafts Council Photostore Selected Makers
Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
Visual Arts Scotland
Scottish Society of Artists
2016 Subversive Ceramics by Claudia Clare Bloomsbury Academic
2011 21st Century Ceramics Lark Books
2009 Ceramics and Print Paul Scott A&C Black
2008 500 Plates and Chargers Lark Books
2007 The Potters Bible Marilyn Scott A&C Black
2002 The Potters Guide to Ceramic Surfaces by Jo Connell Quarto
The Potter’s Question and Answer Book by Gill Bliss A&C Black
The Art of Hand-Built Ceramics by Susan Bruce Quarto
1999 Slipware by Michael and Victoria Eden A&C Black
Buyer’s Guide to Contemporary British Studio Ceramics Crafts Council
1998 The Potter’s Directory of Shape and Form by Neal French Quarto