The ceramic vessels that John Higgins makes refer most often to architecture, archaeology and everyday objects. A format is decided, but room is always allowed for spontaneous and expressive handling of the medium.
The techniques of slab forming and throwing are used, the clay is heavily grogged to withstand the unusual methods of making and the surfaces are treated simply with slips, stains and oxides. Both gas and electric kilns are used. The work is fired to 1150°C
vessel forms made with combined slab and thrown elements. Fired to
1150°c to achieve a dry surface with different layers of colour.
Work generally available from:
Work is regularly sold at Contemporary Ceramics Centre, the CPA Gallery at 63, Great Russell Street, London and at:
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Norwich Castle Museum
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
Other Information: Besides my record of teaching at different levels, I also have a record of lectures, demonstrations and workshops given to students and also ceramic organisations
Gas Kiln, to 1150°c using a mixture of crank and hand-building material. Surfaces are created from the use of oxides, slip and coloured pigment.
A background in teaching at most levels balanced with a continuity of
making and showing work through exhibitions both Nationally and
BA 2/1 - 3D Design Ceramics, Wolverhampton College of Art 1966-69
PGCE - General Art and Design, Sussex University 1970-71
1987 - Potter in Residence, Uley Arts Centre, Gloucestershire.
Secondary Education 1971-73
Adult Education 1973 - date
HMP Prison, Leyhill 1987
Further Education VIth Form 1988-2004
Christ Church Canterbury University College 2005/6
Fellow, Craft Potters Association, UK.
External Verifier & National Advisor for Ceramics, City and Guilds, London
Sources of Inspiration by Carolyn Genders A&C Black 2002
Keramic Magazin Vol. 27 no 3 June/July 2005
1990 - Contemporary Ceramics London, Award for best piece in the show.
1991 - Contemporary Ceramics London, Award for best overall work in the show.
1994 - Whitbread Prizewinner, Milton Keynes.
1996 - Joint Winner of the Belgian Ceramics Biennale Competition.
1998 - Honourable Mention, 5th International Ceramics Competition 1998 - Mino, Japan.
1998 - Award Ceramics Biennale, Association of potters of Southern Africa, Johannesburg.
2003 - Award Ceramics Triennial, Association of potters of South Africa, Cape Town.
2004 - Contemporary Ceramics Showcase.
2009 - Winner of the Peers Award at Hatfield Art in Clay
1997 - Takeshimaya Commission, 16 pieces, Japan.
1979 - 37th Concorso Internazionale Della Ceramica D arte, Faenza, Italy
1981 - 39th Concorso Internazionale Della Ceramica D arte, Faenza, Italy
1981 - XIII Biennale Internationale de Ceramique D art, Vallauris, France
1982 - Britain in Greece, Athens
1983 - International Ceramic Exhibition, Belgium
1984 - Craft Galleries 1985 - The Fletcher Challenge Award, New Zealand
1986 - The Fletcher Challenge Award, New Zealand
1998 - Mishou-Ryu Flower Arrangement Exhibition, Takashimaya Osaka Store, Japan
1998 - The 5th International Ceramics Competition 1998, Mino, Japan
1998 - National Ceramics Quarterly, South Africa.
2003 - Association of Potters of South Africa, Altech ceramics Triennial, Cape Town
1979 - Represented the UK at the 37th Concorso Internazionale Della Ceramica D arte
1981 - 39th Concorso Internazionale Della Ceramica D Arte, Faenza, Italy
1981 - Exhibition, Gothenburge, Sweden
1982 - British Crafts Centre, London
1987 - Prema Uley, Gloucestershire
1988 - Smiths Gallery - London
1990 - Contemporary Ceramics - London. Presented with award for best piece in the show
1990 - Norwich Castle Museum - Looking East A travelling exhibition - Ipswich, UK
1991 - Koblenz Germany; Fletcher Challenge New Zealand
1991 - Contemporary Ceramics, London. Presented with award for best overall in the show.
1992 - XII International Biennale of Ceramic Art, Valluris, France.
1993 - Fletcher Challenge, New Zealand; Galerie Argile, Brussels, Belgium
1994 - Whitbread Prize Winner; Ceramics 94, Victoria and Albert Museum
1995 - Britain in Greece Festival, Athens
1996 - Joint winner of the Belgian Ceramics Biennial Competition
1997 - Fletcher Challenge - New Zealand
1997 - Earth and Fire 3, Rufford Potters Festival
1997 - Major commission to Japan - 16 pieces
1998 - Fletcher Challenge New Zealand
1998 - Honourable mention, 5th International Ceramics Competition 1998, Mino, Japan
1998 - Award, Ceramics Biennale, Association of Potters of Southern Africa, Johannesburg.
1999 - Ceramics Monthly International Competition and Exhibition, Ohio, USA.
2000 - Ceramics Biennale, Association of Potters of Southern Africa, Johannesburg
2000 - Nyad Christy Wilde Gallery - Manhatten, New York
2001 - Gallery Rosenhauer - Gottingen, Germany
2001 - Brewery Arts Centre - Cirencester
2001 - Carlin Gallery - Paris
2003 - Altech Ceramics Triennial, Cape Town, South Africa Award Winner
2003 - Fovea Gallery - Harrow, London
2004 - Contemporary Ceramics London, showcase
2004 - Chelsea Crafts Fair. London
2004 - Urban Interiors, Business Design Centre - Islington, London
2005 - Galerie Rosenhauer Gotttingen Germany
2005 - Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art
2005 - New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2006 - Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
2006 - Ceramic Art, London
2006 - Campden Gallery
2006 - Contemporary Ceramics, London
2006 - Art in Clay, Hatfield House
2006 - Contemporary Ceramics, Oxford
2006 - Fovea Gallery, Harrow
2007 - Rope Gallery, Lincoln
2007 - Galerie Rosenhauer Gottingen, Germany
2007 - The Gallery at Bevere Worcester
2007 - Ceramic Art London
2008 - Ceramic Art London
2008 - Roger Billcliffe Gallery Glasgow,
2008 - Art In Clay.
2008 - Frames Gallery, Perth, Scotland
2008 - CPA Fair Oxford
2009 - Gallery Top
2009 - Ceramic Art London,
2009 - Open Eye Edinburgh,
2009 - Ceramics In The City,
2009 - Art In Clay
2009 - CPA Fair Oxford
2010 - Contemporary Ceramics Somerset House
2010 - Ceramic Art London,
2010 - Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh,
2010 - Art In Clay
2010 - Gallery Bevere,
2010 - Piero Passet Gallery.
2011 - Gallery Oldham - Urban Traces
2011 - Art In Clay Hatfield
2012 - Ceramic Art London
2012 - Art In Clay Hatfield House.
2012 - In Situ, Barnsley Civic
2012 - Insitu A Travelling Exhibition
2012 - Oldenburg International Ceramics Market Germany
2013 - Gallery Rosenhauer
2013 - Art In Clay Hatfield House
2013 - Oldenburg International Ceramics Market Germany