Claire’s current work seeks to explore relationships between body and mind, material and process and inside and outside. Her pieces represent a sensual journey enabling expression of heart and mind.
The repetitive and ritualistic process of throwing linked to conscious breathing patterns enhances her awareness during the making process, heightening the intimate connection between material and maker.
The vessel serves as an object of containment, that of holding a space creating associations with the state of clarity and an empty vessel. Claire seeks to make work that is imbued with a quality of stillness, choosing porcelain as her preferred medium.
The unglazed external surface contrasting to the vibrancy of the glazed internal surface representing that which is hidden; making reference to our inner potential, to that which is beyond mind. This represents an exploration of the commonality and parallels between ceramics and yoga which is of particular interest to me.
Work generally available from:
No contact information available.(11/2013)
Outside of the studio I am involved in leading clay and art workshops with children, both mainstream and special needs, through residencies in schools and community groups.I am also availiable to give workshops to adults and gives talks and demonstrations.
In addition to my ceramic activites I practice, study and teach Yoga. As well as inspiring my work it also gives me discipiline, a reflective space and is a great antedote to modern living.
Training and Education
2010 - MA 3DD Ceramics University of the Creative Arts, Farnham until Sept.'11
2010 - West Dean College - Exploring Porcelain and Throwing Composite Forms.
2007 - Booth House Gallery – Glaze and Surface Course
2006 - Association for Yoga Studies Practitioner Programme
2003 - Institute of Book-keepers Certificate
2000 - British Wheel of Yoga Diploma
1999 - City and Guilds - Creative Ceramics (part 2)
1997 - City and Guilds - Creative Ceramics (part 1)
1996 - City and Guilds - Basic Pottery
2007 - Arts Council Grant Awarded for Training and Workshop Opportunities
In 2000 I set up a studio workshop producing ceramics, initially small scale individualised repeatable pieces, soon changing focus to producing one off coiled larger pieces of work. I participated in Dorset Art Weeks 2002 and 2004 opening the studio to the public.
2010 - London Potters, Morley Gallery, London
2010 - Russell Coates Museum and Art Gallery,Bournemouth, Dorset
2010 - Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire
2009 - Open Studio Artsway, Sway Hampshire
2008 - Southern Ceramic Group, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury
2008 - Lop Lop cafe gallery, Poole
2008 - Stewarts Gardenlands, Christchurch
2007 - The Little Art Gallery, Beaminster, Dorset
2007 - Southern Ceramic Group, Portsmouth Museum
2007 - Poole Museum - Poole, Dorset
2007 - Form v Function - Potters Gallery, Perry Row, Bristol
2005 - Winter Hues - The Studio Gallery, Midhurst, West Sussex;
2005 - Forest Arts Centre , New Milton, Hampshire
2004 - Spring Exhibtion - The Saltgrass Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire;
2004 - Oceans Apart - The Old Bakehouse, Chichester, West Sussex
2003 - Winter Wonderland - Red House Museum, Christchurch, Dorset;
2003 - Raising the Roof - Walford Mill Craft Gallery, Wimborne, Dorset;
2003 - Garden Inspiration - Walford Mill Craft Gallery, Wimborne, Dorset;
2003 - Spring - The Studio Gallery, Midhurst, West Sussex
2002 - Wessex Gallery of Fine Art and Ceramics, Wareham, Dorset;
2002 - Dorset Potters and Printmakers - Walford Mill Craft Centre, Wimborne
2001 - Winter Show - The Study Gallery, Midhurst, West Sussex;
2001 - Hampshire Contemporary Artists Gallery - Lymington, Hampshire;
2001 - Collaborations - Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon
2000 - Bold Gallery, Christchurch, Dorset;
2000 - The Melting Pot - Red House Museum, Christchurch, Dorset
1999 - Graduation Show - Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, Hampshire, Walford Mill Craft Centre
Membership of Craft Potters Association, London Potters and Southern Ceramics