Alex ShimwellImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 104 Chesterfield Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, England, DE4 3FS. View in Google Maps
Telephone: 07985 553 711
Email:
Web-site: www.alexshimwellceramics.co.uk
Availability: Usually every day of the week best to phone first and on arrival and I will come and find you.
Joined on: 2009-11-18
Last Updated: 2014-01-03

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

In my work I explore the relationships between the processes that make the piece and the effects they create, as well as the relationship between the pot and the user.

I make solely wheel thrown, high fired, porcelain and stoneware objects, with a functional purpose

My aesthetic ideas are grounded in the traditions of British studio pottery which takes its inspiration of aesthetic idiom from Japanese culture.

In my pieces I attempt to attain a balance between my aesthetic purpose: to display and manipulate the properties of each stage of the creative process into a balanced confident piece. And my personal belief that the beauty of a pot is as much in its visual presence as it is in how it functions.

To me the communication between person and pot though initially always visual; the tactile responses stimulated by its use are where a truer understanding and appreciation of the form, the pot and the potter’s personality lie.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Wirksworth Festival : Wirksworth Festival Art Trail
September 05, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Current work

Current work

Gas fired reduction stoneware and porcelain domestic use and display pieces

Availability of current work:
- Oxford ceramics 2011 – Present 
- Oakwood ceramics 2012 - present
Montpelier gallery 2012 - present
St Ives Ceramics 2011 – Present 
Bilston craft gallery 2012-present
Old chappel gallery herefordshire 2012- present
The crafts study centre farnham 2010- present
Cotswould -2012-present
Octagon gallery wichford pottery - 2012-present
Sit gallery 2012 - present
Bevere Gallery 2011 - Present
The Gallery Bishops Castle 2010 – Present
Tighnabruaich Gallery 2010 - Present
Studio One Edinburgh 2010 - Present
Focus Gallery Nottingham 2009 - Present
Online Galleries
- Online gallery exhibiting bare wall 2009
- Online work on www.studiopottery.co.uk
- Online work on http://www.craftform.com
- www.alexshimwellceramics.co.uk
- www.oakwoodceramics.co.uk
- www.great-british-designs.co.uk

Technical Information

Technical Information

Gas kiln propane fired to 1280 in reduction, tenmoku's, celadons, copper reds, kakis

History,Education and Experience

History,Education and Experience

- A level ceramics Lady Manners School Bakewell
- BA (hons) Staffordshire University 2007 graduation Ceramic Design
- Throwing with Numagouchi San Japanese Jomon ware potter in Japan
- Training with Kevin Millward traditional production potter

Public Art Commissions & Appearances
- Chatterley Whitfield commission installation 2008
- Demonstrator for Burslem arts 2008
- Demonstrator for Burslem arts 2009
- Burslem Christmas festival 2009
- Exhibition coordinator and exhibitor at ceramic British ceramics biennial 2009
- B arts commission 250 vases for clay British ceramics biennial 2009
- Featured in Derbyshire life Christmas gift Guide 2008
- Demonstrator for the British ceramics confederation 2009
- Demonstrator for the British ceramics confederation 2010

Exhibitions and Events

Exhibitions and Events

Shows:
- Hatfield Art in Clay 2013
- Earth and Fire 2013
- Hand and Wheel 2012
- Wirksworth 2012
- Art in Clay 2012
- Art In Clay 2011
- Wirksworth Festival 2011
- Art In Clay 2010
- Wirksworth Festival 2010
- Ramsbottom Arts Fair 2010
- Wirksworth Festival 2009
- Trentham Gardens Christmas Show 2009
- Burslem Arts Market 2009
- Great Peak District Fair 2009
- Wirksworth Festival 2004
- Wirksworth Festival 2003

Past Galleries and stockists
- RBSA exhibition july 2013 - october 2013
- The Weekend Gallery Hastings 2010 – 2012
- Created Gallery Chesterfield 2009 - 2012
- Artworks MK Milton Keynes 2009 – 2012
- Bessemer Gallery Sheffield 2008 - 2012
- Hanley Potteries Museum 2008 - 2012
- RBSA Exhibition 2011
- Gallery Topp Rowsley 2010 - 2012
- Mickerloo Gallery Cheshire 2010 - 2012
- Leeds Craft Gallery 2011 – 2012
- Galanthus Gallery Worm Bridge 2011
- Shire Hall Gallery Staffordshire 2011
- David Mellor Sloan Square 2010 -2012
- Wensley Craft Gallery September 2010
- Twenty Twenty Gallery Much Wenlock 2009-2010

Private Commissions

Private Commissions

- Private commission 18 inch lamp base
- Private commission 12 X casserole pots
- 50 X 4 inch Bisque ware bowls for artist Nicola Blaize
- 6 X 18 inch Bisque ware bowls for artist Nicola Blaize
- 10 X 12 inch Bisque ware Bowls for artist Nicola Blaize
- 2 X 22 inch Bisque Ware Bowls for Living Glaze
- 100 X Japanese commission Sochou pots

Competitions

Competitions

Vase finder international selected competition 2013
Vase finder international selected competition 2012

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Porcelain
Thrown
Celadon
Vases & Bowls
Teapots
Teabowls
Kitchen & Tableware