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 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