I work in bone china, the forms mainly bowls and vessels, some functional and more recently sculptural.
My main aim is to explore the translucency of bone china and its potential for the transmission of light.
I am particularly interested in the effects of light on the landscape, especially in coastal areas where the infinite variety of organic contours, tonal contrasts, and patterns provide a continuing source of inspiration.
Fragments of these have enabled me to introduce a delicate tracery of translucent texture into the work using paperslip, a medium I developed during my MA Research. I seek to re-interpret my visceral response to these natural phenomena, resulting in delicate translucent forms inspired by nature.
The very nature of bone china, it’s delicacy, whiteness and translucency lends itself perfectly for my work, bringing out it’s full inherent beauty, a quality which first drew me to it in 1991.
I am now focusing on larger scale and more functional work with the integral design being sympathetic to the form. Lighting for the interior is also an important area of my work, which I am continuing to develop.
Angela Mellor - Open Studio : Christmas Exhibition - Angela Mellor Ceramics
December 03, 2016 to December 11, 2016
ANGELA MELLOR GALLERY, 38a St Mary’s Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4ES England www.angelamellor.com
BIRCHAM GALLERY, 14 Market Street, Holt, Norfolk NR2 6BW, England, www.birchamgallery.co.uk
CECILIA COLMAN GALLERY, 67 St Johns Wood High Street, London NW8 7NI, England. www.ceciliacolmangallery.com
CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS CENTRE, 63 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3BF
Lived in Australia 1994-2006
Lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire, 2006-date
1968 Certificate of Education, Distinction, Art & Design, Victoria University of Manchester, UK.
1984 Advanced Certificate in Art Education, Ceramics, University of East Anglia.
1997 BFA Honours 1st Class University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.
2000 MA Research Scholarship - Ceramics, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Angela is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), Geneva and an elected member of the CPA.
Angela taught art and design before undertaking ceramics fulltime from 1995 investigating the translucency of bone china and its potential for transmission of light.
Her MA research explored translucent paper clay – an area that she continues to develop.
She has had six solo exhibitions in Australia and England and has exhibited in prestigious group exhibitions in Europe, Asia, Australia and USA and won awards in Japan, Korea, and Australia.
She is represented in public and private collections in China, Japan, Korea, USA, France, Latvia, UK and Australia and her work has been published in many books.
She has given workshops in Indonesia, Australia, Canada and UK and presentations on paper clay in Australia and USA.
2013. Selected a Finalist in the 58th International Competition of Ceramic Art in Faenza
2014 Silver Award Ceramics, craft&design Selected Makers, UK
2010 - IAC Members Exhibition, Musée National de Céramics de Sevres, Paris.
2010 - Paperclay, Laguna Beach, California, USA.
2010 - Celestial Light for Christmas at Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
2011 - Summer Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Arts, Cambridge.
2011 - Summer Exhibition, Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk.
2011 - Translucencies, Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan, Italy. (October 2011)
2011 - Winter Light, Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely. (Nov-Dec 2011)
2012 - Greyfriars Art Space : Beyond Limits - (Pushing the boundaries in Contebrmporary Studio Ceramics)
2012 - Cambridge Contemporary Art : Mixed Summer Exhibition & Cambridge Scenes
2012 - OPEN STUDIO and EXHIBITION ‘Coastal Light’
2012 – Paperclay The International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary
2013 - 58 Premio Competition, Faenza, Italy
2014 - Ceramic Art London (CAL), Royal College of Art, London
2014 - IAC Members’ Exhibition, State Art Collection, Ireland
2014 - Teabowl exhibition, Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford
2014-5 Féerique – Christmas Exhibition, Galerie du Don, France
2013 - Featured artist - 'Paperclay Art & Practice', a book by Rossette Gault