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Tanya Gomez

Artist Biography

EDUCATION 2008 – 2010 MA Ceramics and Glass Royal College of Art 2001 - 2004 BA Honours Three dimensional Craft and Design University of Brighton Major:Ceramics Minor: Metal 1999 - 2001 BTEC Art and Design Camberwell College

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Working in porcelain, I use a range of approaches in my throwing to create forms that capture the qualities of fluidity and movement and evoke a sense of space. My work evolves from my observations of natural phenomena, dramatic landscapes and the shifting qualities of the sea. This inspiration is drawn from my experience of coastal living, and working on private yachts travelling round the globe, encountering diverse cultures, and absorbing the abstract qualities of colour and shape while at sea.

My practice is process led. Through experimenting with energetic making and rigorous selection I have learnt how clay works and found new ways of making. I create forms using dynamic throwing, cutting and assembling techniques.

I create both domestic and large scale works for sale and to commission. My larger scale pieces are thrown in parts and assembled to produce larger surfaces that are animated through throwing and glazing. The form have an impact both individually and as a group. By observing the lines and dimensions of the pieces I am able to create vivid landscapes and fluid architectural forms.

I am fascinated by the idea of creating an overwhelming sense of something that is so overpowering that one cannot comprehend its boundaries. This sensation can be translated into a piece by following a line, and using rhythm, balance, tension or colour.

Selected Exhibitions 

EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS 

2017 

Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, London 

VASE:Function Reviewed, Farleigh Gallery, Dublin

Pour Me, The Devon Guilds Craftsmen, Devon

2016

VASE:Function Reviewed, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

Affordable Art Fair, Northcote Gallery, Battersea

International Ceramic Fair, Gulgong, Australia

Ceramic Art London LondonBeaux Arts Gallery  Bath

2015 

New Craftsman  St Ives

Yorkshire Sculpture Park  Yorkshire

Ceramic Art London

Towner Gallery  Eastbourne 

Decorex  Future Heritage  London

Joanna Bird  Christmas Show  London

2014 

Ruthin Gallery as William Morris said Wales

Ceramic Art London

Affordable Art Fair St Anne’s Gallery Battersea London

Keramikmusuem Westerwald, Young Clay Germany 

2013 

Ceramic Musuem Young Clay Tegelen Netherlands

Ceramic Art London

New Craftsmen St Ives

Contemporary Ceramic Centre Ceramic Now London

Saatchi Gallery COLLECT London 

2012 

Erskine, Hall & Coe Summer Show London

Ceramic Art London

Saatchi Gallery COLLECT London 

2011 

Hedge Gallery, San Francisco, U.S.A. 

Saatchi Gallery COLLECT  London

Ceramic Art London

St Anne’s Gallery Little Wonders Lewes

Contemporary Applied Arts Focus 'Green Flash' London

Towner East Sussex Open ‘Cretaceous’ Eastbourne 

AWARDS 

2016 - Sept Arts Council "Grant for Arts' Award to exhibit at CollectOpen

2014 - May Wesley Barrel Craft Award WINNER Vessel category 

2011 - Jan Professional Member: Craft Potters Association/Contemporary Applied Arts 

2009 - Dec Charlotte Fraser Prize, Royal College of Art 

2007 - Mar Craft Council Development Award / Design Nation 

2006 - Apr Arts Council ‘Grant for Arts’ Award to exhibit at Origin 

PUBLICATIONS 

Ceramic Review, Rhetoric of Colour—Issue 262 Jul/Aug 2013, pp34 – 37, 67

Bloomfield, Linda, The New Ceramics, Colour in Glazes—AC+Black. 2012

Taylor, Louisa, Ceramics, Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker. Jaqui Small. 2011

Cooper, Emmanuel, Contemporary Ceramics. Thames and Hudson, London. 2009

Ceramic Review, A Potter’s Day—Issue 231, May/Jun 2008, pp79

Craft and Design, Craftsmen Magazine—One to watch, Jul/Aug 2007, pp15 

TALKS

West Dean College  Throwing Large 2016

Camberwell Collage MA and BA Students 2016

Royal College of Art Glazes MA Students 2014

Ceramic Art London Sublime Colour Discovery Programe 2012

COLLECT Large Work 2011