Caroline AllenImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: .
Web-site: www.carolinejallen.co.uk
Availability: No longer being updated 6/2017
Joined on: 2014-09-10
Last Updated: 2017-07-12

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

My current work is an interpretation and illustration of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Inspired by objects in cities that mimic the cities themselves, objects in the landscape are abstracted to become their own landscape.

The work is a commentary on the experience of human existence, exploring the universal semiotic and semantic language of objects, manipulated environments and constructed realities. While drawing attention to the strangeness and absurdity of everyday things, the work aims to de-code, re-configure, and re-present everyday experience in an almost-familiar ‘counter-world’.

Current Work and availability

Current Work and availability

Conceptual installation, hand-built stoneware and slipcase porcelain

Availability
Commission only, please contact me directly.

Other information
I am a qualified college lecturer (CerEd) with five years’ experience delivering to learners aged eleven and older. I am also available for one off demonstrations, workshops and artists talks.

Technical Information

Technical Information

Electric kiln, 1080c, underglaze, glaze, slips and engobes.

History and Education

History and Education

Education:
University Of Brighton - BA (Hons) 3D Materials Practice: First Class Honors.
Anglia Ruskin University - Certificate of Education
Buckingham Chilterns University - BA (Hons) Textile Surface Design

Residencies:
2014: Ox-Bow School of Art, Michigan, USA. Five weeks.
  2013-2014: Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire, UK. One year. 
2013: The Art Students League of New York, USA. Three months.
2012: Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre, Project Network Symposium, Skelskor, Denmark. Two months.
2012: The Banff Centre of the Arts, Banff, Canada. Two months Academic Appointment and Employment History:
June 2012- Present: Self-employed artist. Self-directed studio practice; curating and organising exhibitions and events, budget management, marketing and managing a small team; technical demonstrations, workshops, and lectures.

September 2013-July 2014: Giggleswick School, Yorkshire.
Ceramics Artist-in-Residence and Ceramics Teacher: Personal studio practice and the planning and delivery of ceramics to secondary school students: General technician duties.

Jan 2013 – March 2013: Art Students League of New York, New York.
Technician: Duties included the running of the ceramics programme; maintenance of workshops, studios, grounds and living areas; set up and collapse of exhibitions; preparation for Open Studios events.

Sept 2005 – July 2009: Cambridge Regional College, Cambridge.
Lecturer of the Arts: Planning and delivery of courses at levels one- three. Subjects include fashion and textiles, printmaking, ceramics, life drawing and visual communication. Role as group and personal tutor. Additional responsibilities include organising live assignments, assignment writing, assessment, and liaising with parents. Achieving Ofsted lesson observation grades one and two.

Technical Expertise:
Ceramics - Plaster mould making, slip-casting, throwing and turning, hand building, glaze technology, surface decoration (printmaking; sprigs and stamps; decals; engobes, oxides and slip techniques), and kiln firing.
Metal - Light and heavy metal: silversmithing, enamelling, acid-etching, forging, experience of welding and oxy- acetylene.
Plastics - Wet and dry plastics: acrylic and resin, vacuum forming, heat manipulation, fiberglass armature construction, image transfer, and silicone mould making.
Wood - General hand-tool and machine construction, with experience on the lathe.
Textiles and Printmaking - Screen, litho, and mono printing, felt-making, batik, surface design, fashion illustration, block pattern and garment construction.
Computer Literacy - Windows, Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Creative Cloud.

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2014: CERAMICS of EUROPE: 13th Westerwald Prize, KeramikMuseum Westerwald, Germany.
2014: Summer Open 2014, Islington Arts Factory, London.
2014: Oriel Davies Open 2014, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales.
2014: Invisible Cities, Glover Gallery, North Yorkshire (Solo).

2013: Fresh, British Ceramic Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent.
2013: Craft Emergency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
2013: Open Spaces, Mottisfont Abbey, Hertfordshire.
2013: Rising Stars, New Ashford Gallery, Farnham.
2013: Group Show, Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery, New York, USA.

2012: Project Network, Apple House Gallery, Guldagergaard International
2012: Ceramics Research Centre, Denmark.
2012: Things for Bins, Banff Centre of the Arts, Canada (Solo).
2012: Santorini Biennale of Arts, Santorini, Greece.
2012: Portal, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Torfaen, Wales.
2012: Look West, Oriel Davies Gallery. Newtown, Wales.
2012: The Nakedness of Construction, Menier Gallery, London.
2012: New Designers, Islington Design Centre, London.
2012: Up and Beyond: University of Brighton, Brighton.
2011: The Secret Members Club, Factory Road Gallery, Hinckley.
2011: Formed, Menier Gallery, London.
2011: Utopia, compARTment, White Night Festival, Brighton.

Competitions and Awards

Competitions and Awards

2014: National Endowment for the Arts: Ox-Bow Scholarship and Stipend
2012: Ruth Katzman Scholarship.
2011: University Of Brighton: Scholarship for Academic Achievement

Professional memberships

Professional memberships

AxisWeb: Selected Member
a-n + AIR
Institute for Learning

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Porcelain
Slip cast
Installations