Theories and concepts behind my work.
Kellie Miller embraces an experimental approach to her work; she aims to balance form, colour and texture. Her goal is to create work that crosses many disciplines and that it is viewed in its own right, without preconceptions.
She places importance on the artistic merit, design elements and the craft within her work; and believes without a fine balance of these there can be no meaningful art, craft or design.
Her desire is to create environments for her pieces to belong; where the work is fluid and moves from objects for the table to works on the floor and wall. It is vital that her work is accessible, either by function or the way in which each piece entices the viewer to touch and or hold.
She is a creative free spirit and produces pieces that involve many different genres and artistic practices. She is not restricted by rules or regulations.
Kellie’s work is inspired by movements such as, Bauhaus, The Art and Crafts, The Omega workshops, Dada, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Cubism and the Surrealists. She has been influenced by artists and designers associated with these movements including: Kurt Schwitters, Pablo Picasso, William Morris, Vassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee.
She has always admired how many of these artists and designers freely moved from one art form to another to create original and exciting new works.
Often her creations arise from a conversation or words from a novel. Like many of her admired artists, she doesn’t restrict herself to one medium or one approach, she likes to be inspired and produce work from her heart.
Kellie is an International artist renowned for her ceramic vessels and wall pieces. Her works are held in museum collections around the world including Taiwan, Japan and the UK. Her work has been featured widely in the press, including The Times, The Guardian, Elle Decoration and Homes and Gardens.
Work generally available from:
Orie Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Cecilia Colman Gallery, St Johns Wood, London
Foss Fine Art, London
Naked Eye Gallery, Hove
The Stables Studio, Lincolnshire
Biscuit Studio, Hove
Available for lectures, demonstrations and workshops.
Fired to 1280C, electric kiln, stoneware.
1995 to Present - Ceramicist - Biscuit Studio
I work from my studio in Hove which I set up in 1996. Developing and improving the studio has been as vital as the development of my work. Recently I have nearly doubled the available space, which I now share with three other artists. The space currently consists of four open plan working spaces, three communal areas and dedicated exhibition area. In June 2006 I will be developing Biscuit Studio to incorporate a training space for artists, flexible studio spaces to hire on a daily/weekly bases. I will also be running courses and seminars from the studio.
2004 - 2008 - Nine Dots Arts
I setup Nine Dots Arts initially as a corporate arts rental scheme, which has benefited both the corporate client and artist. Nine Dots is a business that provides support, training and practical advice to artists and brings creativity to businesses through artists and artistic activity. Nine Dots will offer all of the courses and training services at Biscuit Studio.
2005 - Present - Arts Consultant
Over the last year many artists have approached me to advise them on their working methods and practices. My consultancy advice has included the following; Planning your projects, Funding your project, Business Planning, Setting up and running ceramic/design and art studios, Development and producing creative products, Marketing your Art, Business Sponsorship, Marketing Material, Event Management- Exhibitions and Shows, Publicity, Presenting yourself and your product, Selling your Art, Pricing, Working with galleries and outlets, Critical approach to your work, Understanding Art and Craft Markets.
1999 - 2006 - Hove Arts
Hove Arts is a professional artist’s organisation, formed by myself and other artists in 1999. My role in the organisation is Sponsorship Coordinator and Corporate Liaison Officer. I am responsible for promoting the group in corporate exhibitions and for obtaining sponsorship support for our activities.
Initially Hove Arts came together to link our venues- open houses, studios and workshops initially as part of the Brighton Festival. The idea was to recognise and develop the art activities in Hove.
My position with in Hove Arts gives me the opportunity to network with other artists, to work with local businesses and also provides me with artistic support.
2004 - 2006 - Board of Management The Basement - Formerly known as Brighton Fringe Arts Production (BFAP)
I served on the board of management of BFAP, an arts organisation founded in 1996, which exists to facilitate and support emergent artists producing Live Arts. The BFAP is constantly evolving which places special responsibilities on board members. My role on the board is to support and advise BFAP on their publicity, marketing, venue and events, sponsorship and fundraising.
1995 - 1998 - Teaching Ceramics/Pottery
Evolution Arts & Natural Health Centre
Teaching adults, young people and people with special needs, evening courses, day courses and summer schools. Required skills were writing, planning course details and technical ability to run all aspects of a workshop. My responsibilities included ordering supplies, budgeting and supporting students with creative input and practical techniques. I also assisted the art therapy programme.
2007 - An Artist’s Way- Marketing an Branding- Presentation for CIBAS, Purple Door, Portsmouth.
2007 - Focus Group member and Business Advisor for Hove Museum
2006 - Tips for Creative Businesses presentation for The Designer-Maker’s Forum CIBAS at De La Warr, Bexhill
2006 - The Art of Networking presentation for Enterprise Thursdays for Sussex University.
2006 - Presentation for Arts Council England at Liberal Democrat Conference- Imagine Britain Without the Arts
2006 - Presentation Presentation for Making your way conference event organised by Fabrica
2006 - On Judging Panel for ‘Make a Difference 2006’- Ideas Competition. Organised by Portsmouth Centre for Enterprise, sponsored by Seeda.
2006 - Presentation on the IOW for the University College for the Creative Arts, Portsmouth. ‘Useful Tips for Starting up a Creative Business’
2005 - 2006 Professional Studies, Theatre Arts FE, Northbrook College, Worthing
2005 Venue and Events Management, Theatre Arts FE, Northbrook College, Worthing, West Sussex
2004 Mentoring local artist on business support and arts marketing, with funding from Arts Council South East.
2003 Arts Marketing presentation to Dart network
2001 Davison High School for girls (Technology College) - Worthing Critiquing and advising students on art and design
2001 Wealdon Potters - Uckfield, Talk & Demonstrations
1999 University of Brighton - Advisor on professional practice
2004 The Effective Chairperson, sponsored by Arts and Business and Decibel (Arts Council South East)
2004 Introduction to board membership, sponsored by Arts and Business and Decibel (Arts Council South East)
2004 Introduction to Social Enterprises, sponsored by SEEDA
1999-2001 MA Arts Criticism, City University, London- specialised in Arts Marketing
1991 -1994 BA(Hons) 2: 1, 3D Design, University of Brighton
1990-1991 Foundation Studies, Camberwell School of Art
1989-1990 Pre-foundation and A level Studies, Wimbledon School of Art
1986-1990 Ursuline Convent High School, Wimbledon, London
1999 Brighton, Hove & Lewes Enterprise Agency Business start up course
1996-1997 Brighton College of Technology City & Guilds Computer aided drafting using AutoCAD
1995-1996 Brighton College of Technology Computer application, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, Word for Windows and databases.
17 Dec 2002 - 27 March 2003 Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park- Artist Residence - Japan
Grants and Awards:
March 2005 Promotion and Work development grant; The Arts Council South East
December 2002 Residency at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park-Japan; sponsored by The Arts Council SE, ANA-AII Nippon Airways, The Aldrich Collection & Private Collector
August 2000 European Marketing Grant, Prince's Trust
September 1999 Business Development Bursary and Loan, Prince's Trust; sponsored by American Express
1999 Arts Council South East, Funding for entry onto Axis Website
August 1998 Exhibition award, Arts Council South East
Feb 2004 Finalist Taiwan First International Ceramics Biennale
Absolute Brighton, A Night of 100 Cups, Kellie Miller and Biscuit Studio’s exhibition opening, Issue 30 pg 99
Latest Art, ‘I bought this and changed my life’, Winter 2006, Issue 3
Absolute Brighton, East Meets West- Paintings & Ceramics by Kellie Miller and Seiko Kumon, May 2006, Issue 16, pg 86
Absolute Brighton, Open Season, May 2006, Issue 16, pg 85
Ceramic Review, East Meets West- preview, May/June 2006, Issue 219, pg19
Absolute Brighton, Inspirational works at Hove Arts, December 2005, Issue 11, pg 104
Brighton and Hove Life, December 2005, Issue 73, pg 80
Absolute Brighton, Christmas Open, November 2005, Issue 10, pg 104
Insight, January 2005, Local Heroes
Brighton Arts Review, May 2004, pg 17
The First Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2004 Publication, pg 132
Ceramics in Society, Ceramics Year Book 2003, Issue 54, pg 9
Craft Galleries Guide 2002, Caroline Mornement, pg136.
The Brighton Graduate Magazine, Pat Herbert, Issue 14, Autumn 2001.
Handbuilding, Michael Hardy. Ceramic Handbooks, 2001.
Woman's Journal, Pot Luck, Miranda Swallow, pg146, April 2001.
Ceramics in Society, Brighton: ceramics by the sea, Charting the rise of the maverick maker; James Evans issue 42 winter 2000/2001.
South East Business, Amex fires Kellie's ambition, pg5, August 2000.
Ceramic Review, A Potters day, Kellie Miller on Studio Life. Issue 184 July/Aug 2000
Brighton & Hove Leader, Kellie's Eye for a Career in Ceramics, pg5,14 July 2000.
Evening Argus Newspaper, Kellie's Amex heroes. pg3,4 July 2000.
Telegraph Magazine, A La Mode, Claire Nolan pg72, 27 May 2000.
Ceramic Review, The Gallery, pg12, issue 180, Nov/Dec 2000.
Guardian Weekend, Style slave, Charlotte Abrahams gets crafty in Chelsea, pg87, 16 Oct 1999.
House & Garden, Decorators Notebook, pg32, Nov 1999.
The Guardian Space Magazine, Inner Space, Chelsea Crafts Fair, pg9, Oct 1999.
Ideal Home, Ideal Home Decorating pg 31-33 & 49, Nov 1999.
Ceramics in Society, Smart Progressive, Hannah Wingrave, pg 25 &26, Aug/Sept 1999.
Guardian Weekend, Bottle Banker, Charlotte Abrahams Style Slave, pg43, May 29 1999.
Elle Decoration, Sept/Oct 1998.
Rintein Wochenblatt, Blaues Band mit getupfthen variationen, 2 Dec 1998.
Rintein Wochenblatt, Tonarbeiten van Kellie Miller in der Munchhausen-Villa, 25 Nov 1998
Schaumburger Nachrichten, Mit porzellan la&t sich schneller kommunizieren, 28 Oct 1998.
Wesstfalen-Blatt Nr.289 Beiuns in Herfords, ungewohnter unterricht; kunstlerin in der Handelsschule. 11 Dec 1998.
Studio Pottery, Art in Clay, issue 29, Oct/Nov 1997.
Wood Turning Magazine. Turning by Degrees, Dec 94/ Jan 1995
27 Nov -13 Dec 1998 Munchhausen-Villa, Rintein, Germany
6 Sept -1 Oct 1994 Brixton Art Gallery, London
15th – 19th March 07 - The Affordable Art Fair- Represented by Foss Fine Art, Battersea
Autumn 2006 & 2007 - Brighton Art Fair
16 – 19 March 2006 - The Affordable Art Fair, London – Represented by Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield.
May 2004 Battersea Contemporary Art Fair
November 2003 Battersea Contemporary Art Fair
Sept 2000, 2001 & 2002 Top Drawer, Earls Court, London
May 1998,1999 & 2000 British Art Craft Fair, Harrogate
October 1999 Chelsea Craft Fair, London
June 1999 & 2000 Mode, The Business Design Centre, London
August 1998 Artisan, Edinburgh
August 1997, 2002 & 2003 &2004 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
Nov 1997 & 1998 Farnham Ceramic Festival, Farnham, Surrey
July 1994 New Designers. The Business Design Centre, London
May 2007 weekends Art with 100 Cups, Kellie Miller Open Studio Brighton May Festival
20th Jan - 10 March 07 Worthing Museum – Ceramics & Glass exhibition
4th Nov 06 - 27th Jan 07 Winter Collection- The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
16 - 19 March 2006 The Affordable Art Fair, London - Represented by Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield.
6 - 28 May 2006 East Meets West - Kellie Miller and Seiko Kumon - Brighton May Festival
Nov 2005 - Jan 2006 Christmas exhibition- Cupola Contemporary Art- Sheffield
June 2005 S.E. Open Studios
7 - 29 May 2005 Kellie Miller at Home, Open House, Brighton Festival
Jan - April 2005 Nine Dots Arts, Corporate Exhibition at ASB Law, Brighton
28 Aug - 19 Sept 2004 Lewes Contemporary Art Show, Thebes Gallery, Lewes
22 July - 3 Oct 2004 Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Southern Taiwan
25 June - 7 July 2004 Gallery 58, Open Exhibition, Northampton
23 Jan - 7 July 2004 Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei County, Taiwan
July 2001 - August 2003 RSB Solicitors, Queens Road, Brighton
7-14 June 2003 Thebes Gallery, Lewes
7 June - 26 July 2003 The Alexander Gallery, "New Vision for Summer"- Brighton
Nov 2002 - Jan 2003 Badcock's Gallery, Christmas Show, Penzance
Nov 2002 - Jan 2003 Quary Arts, Christmas Show-Isle of Wight
Nov 2002 - March 2003 The Old Bakehouse Gallery, "Christmas 2002", Fishbourne
Nov 2002 - March 2003 Collyer-Bristow Gallery, Christmas Charity Show, London
December 2002 Hove Library, Exhibition with Tessa Wolfe Murray
October 2002 Manifest, Brighton & Hove Visual Arts Festival
7 Oct - 2 Nov 2002 Enigma Gallery, Frome, Somerset
9 Feb - 6 April 2002 Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Group Show
June 2001 - Feb 2002 The Goldfish Bowl, St. Ives, Cornwall
Nov 2001 - Jan 2002 Wiseman Gallery, Christmas Show, Oxford
Dec, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 Biscuit Studio Christmas Open Studio, Hove
May 1998 -2004 Hove Arts, Open Studio, Brighton May Festival
May 2001 Fiveway's Open Houses, Brighton Festival
May 2001 American Express, Corporate exhibition. Brighton
May 2001 The Civil servants Motoring Association, Corporate exhibition, Brighton, sponsored by Arts in Business
2 March -14 April 2001 The Grace Barrand Design Centre, Too Hot to Handle', Surrey
19 Feb -10 April 2001 Cupola, The Porcelain Show', Sheffield
Nov 2000 - Jan 01 & Sum 02 Leeds City Gallery
Nov 2000 - Jan 2001 Derek Topp Gallery-Derbyshire
Nov 2000 - Jan 2001 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
June & Dec 2000, Nov 2001 The Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall
Oct 2000 DTI-Designer Days In Copenhagen
April 2000 The Aldrich Collection, University of Brighton
Nov 1999 - April 2000 Northern Gallery, Sunderland
Feb-March 1999 Manchester Craft Centre
Sep 1998 - July 1999 The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2 Sept - 25 Oct 1998 Beatrice Royal Gallery, Hampshire
Dec 1997 & 1996 Phoenix Gallery, 'lavish' Christmas show, Brighton
I have undertaken various commissions over the years working closely with interior designers, both nationally and internationally. Some of my commissions have included ceramic forms for Nottinghamshire County Council and ceramic wall pieces for HRH The Prince of Wales.
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei County, Taiwan
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan
The Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, England
The Aldrich Collection. East Sussex, England
Hove Museum, Brighton & Hove Museum's Collection