From early childhood animals have fascinated me and their imagery has fuelled my imagination. Animals used in stories, myths and folklore often expresses and symbolizes the complexities of childhood and the adult world.
I am interested in the special relationship we have with animals and the way the animal form can express emotions and the spiritual,humours,curious or joyous way of viewing the world. Because of my fascination of storytelling imagery I like sometimes to include text of poems, riddles and rhymes.
Most of my inspiration comes from the simplicity of form of ancient sculptures and folk art from a variety of cultures.
Craft in the Bay : Telling Tales: Anna Noel
January 21, 2017 to March 05, 2017
I make hand-built sculptures based on an animal theme.
Ruthin Craft Centre,
Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh,
Beaux Art Bath,
Aberystwyth Art Centre,
Pyramid Gallery York,
Montpellier, Stratford – on -Avon,
Eton Applied Art,
John Notte Gallery Broadway , Cotswolds
I work spontaneously with a combination of slabs,coils and incised and applied decoration, then use either a high earthenware dry finish using slips and oxides or a combination of oxides and earthenware glazes.
More recently I have been experimenting with slip cast forms.
Born Swansea South Wales
Bath Academy of Art, Ceramics B. A. 1st class hons.
Royal College of Art, M.A. Ceramics
Worked full-time on my sculptures since leaving college
Cardiff Artist of the Year, Craft Prize 2003
Joint Winner of The Rosemary Waite Purchase Prize , Newport Museum Newport Wales 2009
Awarded a two month residency at the Clay Studio, Philadelphia,USA.
Solo Shows include:
The Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh 2006, 2010, 2012 2014
Roger Billcliffe Gallery Glasgow 2004,2009
Eton Applied Art 1999
Broadway Modern 2002, 2010
Aberystwyth Art Centre 2005
Primavera Gallery Cambridge 2002
Oxford Gallery 1990
Small group exhibitions include:
Contempory Ceramics Victoria And Albert Museum London 1993
Open Eye Gallery 2001
Eton Applied Art 2010, 2014
Ruthin Craft Centre 2010
Montpellier Gallery 2011
Pyramid Gallery 2013
Beaux Art Gallery 2004,2006,2008
New Leaf Gallery, Monmouth 2010
National Eisteddfod, Newport 2006
Bowie Gallery, Hay -on – Wye 2009
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire November 2014
Aberystwyth Art Centre Summer show, Gallery 1 2014
British Ceramics , Galerie HildeHolstein Bremen, Germany, 1998
British Ceramics Swiss -Bienalle, Lucerne ,Switzerland, 2000
Naked Clay Keramik Centrum ,Tienschuur, Tegelen,, Netherlands, 2008
Philadelphia, Clay Studio, Philadelphia ,U.S.A., 2011
Tredegar House, Newport ,Wales 2003
Earth and Fire, Rufford 2008
Raku, Tim Andrews [editions 1+2]
Naked Clay, Jane Perryman
My Favourite Things, Sister Wendy Becket
Contemporary Ceramics, Emmanuel Cooper
Ceramic Review, 2000, Featured Artist
Aberystwyth Art Centre
Shipley Ceramic Collections Shipley Yorkshire
Newport Museum Art Centre,
The Clay Centre, Philadelphia, U.S.A.