Clare CrouchmanImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: The Studio, Shirley Road, Histon, Cambridgeshire, England, CB24 9JR. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 563172
Mobile: 07788538916
Email:
Web-site: www.clarecrouchman.com
Availability: Visitors welcome; please phone for appointment


Last Updated: 2018-04-27

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

I discovered ceramics in 1992 whist I travelling in Japan. During this time I studied traditional Japanese ceramic techniques and participated in several Japanese ceramic fairs. I immediately felt an affinity with the ceramic process from the earthy, physical, raw clay to the alchemy of the Anagama kiln firing. On my return to the UK I continued this fascination with clay by studying MA Ceramics at UWIC, Cardiff where I developed my individual technique of inlaying different textured clays within a two dimensional format.

I have been creating my highly distinctive ceramic wall panels since setting up my own studio in 1997. Stoneware clay has unique properties that I enjoy exploring. There are multiple textures ranging from rough, heavy grog to smooth, shiny glazed porcelain that create tactile, contrasting surfaces. The ceramic medium allows a variety of lines and marks to be utilized in the work. As well as painting layers with different stained clays and inlaying different clays, drawing into the clay is a crucial element of my work. It is in itself a contemplative process.

My fascination for the beauty of the landscape has deepened over the years into an appreciation of the details. These fragments suggest that there is an orderly process in the chaos of the natural world. Finding my own order in this chaos is explored through abstracted forms, particularly rhythmical and repetitive patterns which offer reference to this ordered nature whilst maintaining a visual language of reduced and economical form.

I create ceramic wall panels as individual pieces or as a larger series and have exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. I have also completed several commissions for corporate clients in Japan.

As well as exhibiting in galleries and at art fairs, I have worked in collaboration with art consultants and interior designers to create site specific work. I also offer a bespoke commissioning service for domestic interiors. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss an idea.

Technical Information

Technical Information

My work is made with different stoneware clays and porcelain. Prepared clay bodies are inlayed into one another, with lines and marks etched into the surface. Oxides and glazes are applied sparingly to preserve the stone-like quality of the clay. The work is once fired to 1265°C in an electric kiln.

History

History

2005-8 MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
1996 MA Ceramics at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
1992-4 Lived in Japan and studied traditional Japanese ceramics
1985 BA (Hons) History and Art, Reading University

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2017
‘Ceramic Art London’, Central St. Martin’s, London
‘The Other Art Fair’, Arnolfini, Bristol
‘The Other Art Fair’, Truman Brewery, London
'Affordable Art Fair, Brussels', represented by Bristol Contemporary Art
'Affordable Art Fair, Battersea', represented by Bristol Contemporary Art
2016
‘Ceramic Art York’, York
‘Innovations in Ceramic Art’, Cambridge
‘Shades of Clay’, Kunsthuis Gallery, Yorkshire
‘February Focus’ Bevere Gallery, Worcester
'Affordable Art Fair, Brussels', represented by Bristol Contemporary Art
'Affordable Art Fair, Battersea', represented by Bristol Contemporary Art
2015
'Ceramic Art London', Royal College of Art, London
‘Ceramic Art York’, York
‘Innovations in Ceramic Art’, Cambridge
'Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London', represented by One Church Street
'Affordable Art Fair, Brussels', represented by Bristol Contemporary Art
2014
'Winter Collection', One Church Street Gallery, Bucks
'Bristol Affordable Art Fair', represented by Bristol Contemporary Art
'Cambridge Original Printmakers', Cambridge
'Art in Clay', Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
'Earth and Fire', Rufford Country Park, Nottingham
'Ross Loveday and Clare Crouchman', Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford
'February Focus', The Bevere Gallery, Worcester

2013
'New Ashgate Gallery', Farnham
‘Ceramic Art London’, Royal College of Art, London
‘The Contemporary Craft Fair’, Bovey Tracey, Devon
'Earth and Fire', Rufford Country Park, Nottingham
'Brighton Art Fair', Brighton
'Junction Gallery', Woodstock
'Jam Eton', Windsor
'Gallery Top', Derbyshire
2012
‘Ceramic Art London’, Royal College of Art, London
‘The Contemporary Craft Fair’, Bovey Tracey, Devon
'The First Santorini Biennale Of Arts', Santorini, Greece
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
2011
‘Contemporary Craft’, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
‘The Contemporary Craft Fair’, Bovey Tracey, Devon
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
2010
‘Origin’, Spitalfields Market, London
‘New Work’, Kaetsu Centre, Cambridge
‘Hampton Court Flower Show’, Show Garden, London
‘Brighton Art Fair’, Brighton
2009
‘Between the Lines’, Kaetsu Centre, Cambridge
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
‘Brighton Art Fair’, Brighton
2008
‘UK-Japan 2008’, Touring Exhibition, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
‘Showcase Exhibition’,Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
‘Brighton Art Fair’, Brighton
2007
‘Difference and Diversity in Clay’, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
‘Winter Exhibition’, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
2006 
‘Ceramic Art London’, Royal College of Art, London
‘Brighton Art Fair’, Brighton
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
2005 
‘British Ceramics’, Seoul Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
‘Clay 12’, Woodbury Studio Gallery, Devon
‘The New Domestic’, Gallery Top, Derbyshire
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
2004 
‘Rhythm and Disorder’, Solo Show, St David’s Hall, Cardiff
‘Configuration’, Galley 96, Solo Show, Cambridge
‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
‘Sculpture +’, Gallery Kaleidoscope, London
2003 
‘Contemporary Sculpture’, The Sheridan Russell Gallery, London
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
2001 
‘Warehouse Artists Show’, The Assembly Rooms, Norwich
1999 
‘Mixed Show’, Lynne Stover Gallery, Cambridge
‘Summer Show’, Elm Hill Contemporary Art, Norwich
1997 
‘Group Exhibition’, Hachi Maru Nana Gallery, Hakodate, Japan
1993-7 
Eight ceramics festivals in Japan including Kasama, Aizu and Mashiko

Collections

Collections

Aldi Stores, Essex
John Lewis Partnership
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
Emaus, Cambridge
Hertfordshire County Council
Private Collections Worldwide

Publications

Publications

2015 - ‘It’s Showtime’, Ceramic Review May/June Issue 273
2011 - ‘Resurgence Magazine’ – Sept-Oct Issue
2011 - 'A Passion for Pattern', Ceramic Review (Jan/Feb)

Work Styles

Work Styles

Wall Panels, Plaques
Sculptural