About

The other world

I live on Carmarthen Bay in South Wales - a fascinating conjunction of three rivers where  land, sky and sea meet - moving in constantly changing patterns.

Walking on the beach I am drawn to random objects washed up  on the shore.I find these items fascinating visually as they have been sculpted and painted by the elements, more beautiful and intriguing than they were when in their original, flawless state.

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Objects and possessions are consumed and almost immediately they are thrown out. Items are now made with built in obsolescence - skills and crafts are disappearing.

 

But what I find most intriguing is how these artefacts got there. Every object has a story to tell.

“Objects contain absent people”- Julian Barnes, Metroland.

I choose to make the everyday forms of the tea set to tell a story of our lives and relationships. Historically tea sets were often never used but stayed on display, a reflection of the life and aspirations of the collector. My pots have come off their shelves, out of their cupboards and tell their own stories.

My work is always hand built and does not hide the marks which show how it was made. The material is not disguised either, I like to let the clay have a say in its form and texture and choose firings in which the actions of the flames make their own marks.




Often I will include muds and crushed rocks from the area to add to the clay or for surface decoration.

I aim to make work that reflects the landscape, revels in its own materiality and intrigues the viewer with the possibilities of a narrative.



I graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramics from Carmarthen School of Art

I am a registered artist with Gofal Celf a charity promoting community projects with artists.

Exhibitions

February 2017 - Dr. Huw Bevan Jones Art Award - Winner

August 2016 - Art in Clay at Hatfield

May 2016 - Theatr Cwyd, Mold (until August)

May 2016 - Oriel Bevan Jones big window (until July)

December 2015 – Seedy Labels Pop up show, Wright’s Restaurant, Llanarthne

October 2015 – Handmade at Kew, Kew Gardens, London

August 2015 – Powerhouse Summer Exhibition, Llandysul

July 2015 – Seedy Labels, Pop Up Show, Friends Arms, Carmarthen

July 2015 – Tywi Valley Open Studios

June 2015 – Mud, Glorious Mud, Oriel Bevan Jones, Solo Exhibition

May 2015 – Black and White, The Ceramic House, Brighton

January 2015 – Society of Designer Craftsmen Show, the Mall Galleries, London

December 2014 – King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Coleg Sir Gar Selected Graduates

November 2014 – Unfolding, Nant Garw China Works, Graduate show

September 2014 – Wales Millennium Centre – Graduate 2014

July 2014 – ‘Dan y Wyneb’, National Eisteddfod, Llanelli

July 2014 – Summer Show, Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven

June 2014 – New Designers, London

May 2014 – Degree show, Coleg Sir Gar

April 2014 – West Wales Applied Arts show, Oriel y Parc

January 2014 – Oriel Bevan-Jones, members show

Decenber 2013 – Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival

August 2013 – Waunifor Summer Show, on the Ceredigion Arts Trail

July 2013 – Oriel Bach, Swansea

May 2013 – Clay in May, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen

July 2012 – Group Show at Carmarthen Leisure Centre

June 2012 – Featured with local artists Oriel Q, Narberth

June 2010 – Bovey Tracy Craft Fair, Community Education

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