Hilary SimmsImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: The Sculpture Lounge, Bottoms Mill, Woodhead Road , Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England, HD9 2PX. View in Google Maps
Telephone: 07800 580775
Email:
Web-site: www.hilarysimms-sculpture.co.uk
Availability: Phone first.
Joined on: 2011-12-04
Last Updated: 2011-12-11

Current Work and Availability

Current Work and Availability

Hand built Naked Raku fired vessels. Occasional stoneware fired pieces.

Availability of Work:
Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton showing my Volcanic ceramics
Ayton House, Grassington showing my Nautilus Collection
Jim Robison, Booth House Gallery, Holmfirth.

Other Information:
I will be available for workshops next year.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Technical Information

Technical Information

I use Ashraf Hanna Raku clay which is very good for hand building and strong for the firing.

I coat the vessels with terra sigalata before biscuit firing to 1000c then cover the vessels with resist slip and resist glaze before Raku firing to approximately 850-900c.

The pieces are smoked in a variety of ways to achieve different results, whatever the vessel dictates really.

Career Background

Career Background

After working for a number of years in our industrial ceramics business, my passion was to return to hand built ceramics, slowly coaxing the clay into the desired form.

I set up my first studio in my cellar at home. My volcanic ceramics were inspired by a visit to Lanzarote where  the sculptor Cesar Monrique had designed  fabulous buildings to fit on with the volcanic landscape.

After showing this work I was invited to take an 18 month residency at The Sculpture Lounge where I have developed my Nautilus Collection and I now have studio space.

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

1992 Batley Art Gallery
1993 Piece Hall Gallery, Halifax and Huddersfield Art Gallery.
2007 Open Art Sheffield at Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
2008 Open Art Sheffield, The Art Market, Holmfirth
2009 The Art Market, Holmfirth in June and November. Holmfirth Art Week  and auction.
2010 Art auction Huddersfield in April. The Art Market, Holmfirth in June and November. Chatsworth Country Fair in September, Harrogate Simply Christmas in December.
2011  Open Up Sheffield 7th-8th May. The Art Market, Holmfirth 5th June.
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire 5th,6th and 7th August. Art in the Pen, Skipton 13th and14th August. Huddersfield Art Gallery for The Art Market from December –January 2012.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Raku
Handbuilt
Sculptural