John HigginsImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 32 Seaman Close, Park Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, AL2 2NX. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1727 874299
Fax: +44 (0)1727 874299
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Last Updated: 2014-11-05

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

The ceramic vessels that John Higgins makes refer most often to architecture, archaeology and everyday objects. A format is decided, but room is always allowed for spontaneous and expressive handling of the medium.



The techniques of slab forming and throwing are used, the clay is heavily grogged to withstand the unusual methods of making and the surfaces are treated simply with slips, stains and oxides. 

Both gas and electric kilns are used. The work is fired to 1150C

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Royal College of Art : Ceramic Art London 2015
April 17, 2015 to April 19, 2015

Current Work

Current Work

One-off vessel forms made with combined slab and thrown elements. Fired to 1150c to achieve a dry surface with different layers of colour.

Work generally available from:
Work is regularly sold at Contemporary Ceramics Centre, the CPA Gallery at 63, Great Russell Street, London and at:
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Norwich Castle Museum
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

Websites:
www.Studiopottery.co.uk

Other Information: Besides my record of teaching at different levels, I also have a record of lectures, demonstrations and workshops given to students and also ceramic organisations

Technical Information

Technical Information

Gas Kiln, to 1150c using a mixture of crank and hand-building material. Surfaces are created from the use of oxides, slip and coloured pigment.

History

History

A background in teaching at most levels balanced with a continuity of making and showing work through exhibitions both Nationally and Internationally

Qualifications
BA 2/1 - 3D Design Ceramics, Wolverhampton College of Art 1966-69
PGCE - General Art and Design, Sussex University 1970-71

Residency
1987 - Potter in Residence, Uley Arts Centre, Gloucestershire.

Teaching Experience
Secondary Education 1971-73
Adult Education 1973 - date
HMP Prison, Leyhill 1987
Further Education VIth Form 1988-2004
Christ Church Canterbury University College 2005/6
Demonstration Workshops

Professional Societies
Fellow, Craft Potters Association, UK.
External Verifier & National Advisor for Ceramics, City and Guilds, London

Publications
Sources of Inspiration by Carolyn Genders A&C Black 2002
Keramic Magazin Vol. 27 no 3 June/July 2005

Awards and Commissions

Awards and Commissions

Awards

1990 - Contemporary Ceramics London, Award for best piece in the show.

1991 - Contemporary Ceramics London, Award for best overall work in the show.

1994 - Whitbread Prizewinner, Milton Keynes.

1996 - Joint Winner of the Belgian Ceramics Biennale Competition.

1998 - Honourable Mention, 5th International Ceramics Competition 1998 - Mino, Japan.

1998 - Award Ceramics Biennale, Association of potters of Southern Africa, Johannesburg.

2003 - Award Ceramics Triennial, Association of potters of South Africa, Cape Town.

2004 - Contemporary Ceramics Showcase.

2009 - Winner of the Peers Award at Hatfield Art in Clay



Commissions

1997 - Takeshimaya Commission, 16 pieces, Japan.

Catalogues

Catalogues

1979 - 37th Concorso Internazionale Della Ceramica D arte, Faenza, Italy

1981 - 39th Concorso Internazionale Della Ceramica D arte, Faenza, Italy

1981 - XIII Biennale Internationale de Ceramique D art, Vallauris, France

1982 - Britain in Greece, Athens

1983 - International Ceramic Exhibition, Belgium

1984 - Craft Galleries
1985 - The Fletcher Challenge Award, New Zealand

1986 - The Fletcher Challenge Award, New Zealand

1998 - Mishou-Ryu Flower Arrangement Exhibition, Takashimaya Osaka Store, Japan

1998 - The 5th International Ceramics Competition 1998, Mino, Japan

1998 - National Ceramics Quarterly, South Africa.

2003 - Association of Potters of South Africa, Altech ceramics Triennial, Cape Town

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

1979 - Represented the UK at the 37th Concorso Internazionale Della Ceramica D arte

1981 - 39th Concorso Internazionale Della Ceramica D Arte, Faenza, Italy

1981 - Exhibition, Gothenburge, Sweden

1982 - British Crafts Centre, London

1987 - Prema Uley, Gloucestershire

1988 - Smiths Gallery - London


1990 - Contemporary Ceramics - London. Presented with award for best piece in the show

1990 - Norwich Castle Museum - Looking East A travelling exhibition - Ipswich, UK

1991 - Koblenz Germany; Fletcher Challenge New Zealand

1991 - Contemporary Ceramics, London. Presented with award for best overall in the show.

1992 - XII International Biennale of Ceramic Art, Valluris, France.

1993 - Fletcher Challenge, New Zealand; Galerie Argile, Brussels, Belgium

1994 - Whitbread Prize Winner; Ceramics 94, Victoria and Albert Museum

1995 - Britain in Greece Festival, Athens

1996 - Joint winner of the Belgian Ceramics Biennial Competition

1997 - Fletcher Challenge - New Zealand

1997 - Earth and Fire 3, Rufford Potters Festival

1997 - Major commission to Japan - 16 pieces

1998 - Fletcher Challenge New Zealand

1998 - Honourable mention, 5th International Ceramics Competition 1998, Mino, Japan

1998 - Award, Ceramics Biennale, Association of Potters of Southern Africa, Johannesburg.

1999 - Ceramics Monthly International Competition and Exhibition, Ohio, USA.


2000 - Ceramics Biennale, Association of Potters of Southern Africa, Johannesburg

2000 - Nyad Christy Wilde Gallery - Manhatten, New York

2001 - Gallery Rosenhauer - Gottingen, Germany

2001 - Brewery Arts Centre - Cirencester

2001 - Carlin Gallery - Paris

2003 - Altech Ceramics Triennial, Cape Town, South Africa Award Winner

2003 - Fovea Gallery - Harrow, London

2004 - Contemporary Ceramics London, showcase
2004 - Chelsea Crafts Fair. London

2004 - Urban Interiors, Business Design Centre - Islington, London


2005 - Galerie Rosenhauer Gotttingen Germany

2005 - Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art

2005 - New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2006 - Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh

2006 - Ceramic Art, London 

2006 - Campden Gallery

2006 - Contemporary Ceramics, London

 2006 - Art in Clay, Hatfield House

2006 - Contemporary Ceramics, Oxford

2006 - Fovea Gallery, Harrow 


2007 - Rope Gallery, Lincoln

2007 - Galerie Rosenhauer Gottingen, Germany

2007 - The Gallery at Bevere Worcester

2007 - Ceramic Art London

2008 - Ceramic Art London
2008 - Roger Billcliffe Gallery Glasgow,
2008 - Art In Clay. 

2008 - Frames Gallery, Perth, Scotland

2008 - CPA Fair Oxford


2009 - Gallery Top

2009 - Ceramic Art London,
2009 - Open Eye Edinburgh,
2009 - Ceramics In The City,
2009 - Art In Clay
2009 - CPA Fair Oxford


2010 - Contemporary Ceramics Somerset House
2010 - Ceramic Art London,
2010 - Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh,
2010 - Art In Clay
2010 - Gallery Bevere,
2010 - Piero Passet Gallery.

2011 - Gallery Oldham - Urban Traces
2011 - Art In Clay Hatfield


2012 - Ceramic Art London
2012 - Art In Clay Hatfield House.
2012 - In Situ, Barnsley Civic

2012 - Insitu A Travelling Exhibition
2012 - Oldenburg International Ceramics Market Germany


2013 - Gallery Rosenhauer

2013 - Art In Clay Hatfield House
2013 - Oldenburg International Ceramics Market Germany

Work Styles

Work Styles

Thrown
Handbuilt
Dry Matt
Sculptural
Gas