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Clare Conrad

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Artwork for Clare Conrad

vessels 23 cm. ht.

tiny round bowls 10 cm. ht.

large round bowl 25 cm.ht

large round bowl 25cm.ht.

vessels and cylinder 18cm.ht

large vessel 25 cm.ht.

large vessel 25 cm.ht.

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

Wheel-thrown stoneware ceramics with innovative, experimental surface decoration using layered vitreous slips. These are mixed from raw materials with primary glaze stains resulting in an infinite array of subtle colours. Initial inspiration was from a college trip to Venice while studying on the ceramics degree course at Bristol: the peeling surfaces of the sun-faded, painted, weathered walls of the buildings entranced me. I've been obsessed with texture and colour ever since. I make simple, elegant forms, which are then decorated to celebrate aging artefacts, and dramatic land and seascape.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Being alive, fascinated by my surroundings, and fulfilled: hoping to convey my observations, and that my pots will create a sense of calm.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Ceramicist/artist potter

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I work in a small studio with my wheel and an electric kiln. It is very time-consuming - the eighteen processes involved mean that my output is quite low.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

1964-66 Art Foundation/A levels course (ceramics, painting, art history) - Braintree College of FE, Essex
1984-87 BA(hons) Ceramics 2:1 University of the West of England, Bristol

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

2024 Gallery 57 Contemporary Art, Arundel, West Sussex - "Cloth and Clay" (until 27th April)
2023 Velarde Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon - "Launch Show"
2023 Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk - "Summer Show"
2023 Made in the Marches Gallery, Kington - "Order and Freedom"- solo ceramics
2023 Bevere Gallery, near Worcester - "Featured Maker" - February
2022 The Art House, nr Bath, Somerset - "Three Artists, Three Art Forms" - solo ceramics
2022 Marches Makers Festival - "Art at no.9" - Kington, Herefordshire
2021 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey - Autumn and Winter group shows
2021 Bevere Gallery, nr. Worcester - "Three of a Kind" - part two
2021 Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk - solo ceramics with Fiona Millais paintings
2021 Made in the Marches Gallery, Kington - "Small Wonders" - group show

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk,
Bevere Gallery, near Worcester

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