Joy BosworthImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: The Armory Studio, Springbrook Lodge, Forge Lane, Blakedown, Worcestershire, UK, DY10 3JF. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44(0)1562 700837
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Web-site: www.joybosworthceramics.com
Last Updated: 2014-04-01

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

The ability of clay to mimic other materials interests me and its use historically to make cheaper copies of objects made in more valuable materials like pewter, bronze, silver.

Informed by observation of the found detritus of an urban society, often precisely madE these discarded objects become distorted and altered by their use and misuse. The work is non-functional. and pieces are thrown, hand built and assembled. Raku firing creaties a dark, almost black surface, rich with the nuances of the reduction chamber. vessels are embellished with silver leaf which is patinated to suggest the passage of time.

I sell work at juried potters markets throughout England and some galleries and am a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association.The work features in a number of books and, a1 present, as well as teaching at Foundation and Degree level.

Current Work

Current Work

 The new work, like the previous smoke-fired pieces, is informed by manufactured objects, fabricated in a variety of sheet materials. Constructed from extruded elements and textured sheets of clay, the joins and marks of the making process become part of the composition.

Essentially monochrome, the vessels are cream or brown/black with splashes of grey, black or white slip. They are fired to 1100 degrees, centigrade in an electric kiln with a transparent glaze.

Joy is the author of two books: "
Ceramics with Mixed Media" published by A&C Black in 2006,
Ceramic Jewellery published in 2010, again by A&C Black.

Work generally available from:
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Bevere Gallery, Worcester

Background History

Background History

Education:
The University of Wolverhampton
MA Art and Design Network, Ceramics - Distinction 1994/6 (Final part completed)
South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education MA Ceramics
1988 (two-thirds completed)
Wolverhampton Polytechnic
BA (Hons) Ceramics - First Class Degree 1983/7

Employment:
University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer in Self Development Ceramics and Degree level Elective 2004 to present
University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer Foundation Studies Pff 2006 /2007
Birmingham University, Pff Lecturer, Ceramics - BA Creative Arts, October 2002 to 2007
University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Visiting Teacher City and Guilds Ceramics Pff 2001 to 2005
University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Ceramics Technician/ Demonstrator Pff 1990 to July 2002
University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer Pff - Part Time Foundation, Oct 2001 for one semester.

University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Mentorffeacher - Half Time Foundation
Pff, one year contract 1997/8.
University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer Pff, City and Guilds Ceramics, 1993-98
University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer, Jewellery/Metalwork Department - short term September-November 1996, January - May 1997
University of Wolverhampton, Visiting Lecturer - short term, First year Alternative Firing Module, May 1996
University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer, Jewellery/Metalwork Department, 1992 - 4.
Stourbridge College of Art, Visiting Lecturer 3D Design, Foundation Course, 1988 - 1990.
Hereford College of Technology and Art, Visiting Lecturer in Ceramics BTEC GAD 1989 - 90.

University of Central England, Bournville, Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer in Ceramics - 1989 Negotiated Studies.
Garretts Green College, Birmingham Visiting Teacher for A Level Ceramics 1986 - 7.

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

Galleries with Specific Exhibitions:

Nov 2004 - Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
3D Gallery, Bristol
Jan 2002 - Burcham Gallery, Norfolk
Nov 2001 - Contemporary Ceramics, London
Oct 2001 - Lantarnam Grange Craft Gallery, Wales
Firbob and Peacock,Knutsford, Cheshire
Yorkshire Sculpture Park Gallery, West Bretton, Yorks
July 2001 - Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Nov 2000 Grange Barns Gallery, Woodseaves, Nr Market Drayton Midas Contemporary Applied Arts, Lincoln
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
Nov 1999 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London St James Gallery, Bath
Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham The Arc, Kirkburton, Yorkshire
Contemporary Ceramics, London*
Oct 1999 Fenny Lodge Gallery, Milton Keynes*
Jan 1999 Anderson Gallery, Broadway
20/20 Applied Arts, Much Wenlock
Contemporary Ceramics, London*
Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
West End Gallery, Wirksworth*
Nov 1998 Laburnum Ceramics, Cumbria
Anderson Gallery, Broadway
Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge
Royal Exchange Theatre Craft Shop, Manchester
Jan 1998 20/20 Applied Arts, Much Wenlock
Artefact, Malvern
Contemporary Craftsman, Monmouth
Contemporary Ceramics, London
20/20 Applied Arts, Much Wenlock Contemporary Ceramics, London
Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
Nov 1997 West End Gallery, Wirksworth
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Pyramid Gallery, York
Pam Schomberg Gallery, Colchester 20/20 Applied Arts, Much Wenlock
Sep 1997 Crescent Arts Centre, Scarborough Artefact, Malvern
Feb 1997 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
Jan 1997 Design Workers Guild, Shrewsbury
Sep 1996 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
Oct 1996 Artifex, Hungary Horse Craft Centre, Sutton Coldfield
Aug 1996 Montpellier Gallery, Cheltenham and Stratford
May 1996 Artizana, Prestbury, Cheshire
Mar 1996 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
Mar 1996 Candover Gallery, Alresford, Nr Winchester
Feb 1996 Oxford Gallery, Oxford

Selected Exhibitions:
June/July 2007 50 Years of the CPA, Bevere Gallery, Worcester
May 2004 "Focus on Ceramics"RBSA Gallery Birmingham
Apr 2003 "Focus on Ceramics" RBSA Gallery Birmingham
Jan 2003 "Under £50 Show" RBSA Gallery Birmingham (Jewellery only)
Nov 2002 Christmas Exhibition, Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour
Nov 2002 "A Touch of Gold" Group Exhibition at Contemporary Ceramics, London
Sep 2002 "Escape" Park View Gallery, Birmingham
April 2002 Inaugural Exhibition Two Man Show, Harborne Gallery, Harborne, Birmingham
Nov 2001 Christmas Exhibition, Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour
Aug 2001 Summer Exhibition, Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour
Nov 2000 Christmas Exhibition"Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour
Nov 2000 "Christmas Exhibition" Fenny Lodge Gallery, Bletchley, Milton Keynes
Oct 2000 "Out of the Ashes" Makers Guild in Wales, Cardiff
Aug 2000 Summer Exhibition, Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour
Aug 2000 "Inspired Choices" CPA exhibition at the Morley Gallery, London
July 2000 "Inspired and Fired" CPA exhibition at the Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone
Nov 1999 "Classics VII" British Embassy Exhibition, Kortrijk, Belgium
Oct 1999 "Countdown" Grace Barrand Design Centre, Nutfield, Surrey
Oct 1999 "Smoke Out" Collection Gallery, Ledbury
June 1999 One Year On at New Designers, Islington, London
Feb 1999 "Food Glorious Food", Bilston Art Gallery, Bilston
Nov 1998 "Three New Makers", Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge
Oct 1998 "Making the Fifth" Tim Andrews Gallery, Woodbury, Nr Exeter
Aug 1998 "Crossing Boundaries", Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
May/June 98 Foyer Showcase, West Midland Arts, Birmingham
May 1998 "Crossing Boundaries" Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery
Jan 1998 Society of Designer Makers Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Jan 1998 "Setting Out" Contemporary Ceramics, London
Dec 1997 "Six by Six" West End Gallery, Wirksworth
July 97 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London
July 97 RBSA Prize Exhibition
June 97 "Showcase" Bilston Art Gallery
May 97 "Jugs Galore" Midland Potters Exhibition at Artifex Gallery
May 97 University of Central England, Staff Show
Mar 97 West End Gallery, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Mar 97 "Lustred and Gilded" at Great British Crafts, Dorking
Jan/Mar 97 "300 Tonnes of Clay", Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Nov/Dec 96 Design Workers Guild "Alii Want for Christmas", Shrewsbury
Oct 1996 Midland Potters Association Exhibition at Bewdley Festival
Sept 1996 Midland Potters Association Exhibition at Lichfield Library
July 1996 RBSA Prize Exhibition
Jun'e 1996 Midland Potters Association Exhibition at Selly Manor, Bournville.
April 1996 University of Central England, Staff Show
Mar 1996 UCE Bournville as partof the Birmingham Womens Festival
"Taking up Art and Seriously Improve your Life"- one of eight featured women artists.
Jan 1996 Design Workers Guild Show, Shrewsbury
Jan 2006 University of Wolverhampton, MA Show
1994/5 University of Central England, Staff Show
1992/3 University of Central England, Staff Show
1991 Ridware Arts Centre, Hamstall
1991 Ridware, Staffs Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
1991 University of Central England, Staff Show
1991 Staff Show, The Works, Vittoria Street, Birmingham
1988/9 Midland Potters Selected Exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham
1988 Wakefield Festival Exhibition
1987 Mall Gallery, London
1987 Pick of the Pots Exhibition, Brighton
1987 Wolverhampton Polytechnic Degree Show
1986 Smiths Gallery, London

Craft Fairs and Potters Markets

Craft Fairs and Potters Markets

May 2005/06 CAL 2005, Royal College, London May 2005/06 Clayart Wales 05, Denbigh
June 2005/6/7 Earth and Fire, Rufford
July 2005/06/07 Potfest in the Park, Cumbria
Aug 2005/06/07 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
Oct 2005/06/07 Studio Ceramics, Oxford
Nov 2004 Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
Oct 2004 CPA Ceramic Festival, Oxford
Sept 2004 Potfest South West, Frome
August 2004 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, HerttordshirE3
July 2004 Ceramics South Wales
July 2004 Pottest in the Park, Cumbria
June 2004 Three Counties Show with Worcestershire Guild of Designer Makers
June 2003 CPA Earth & Fire VIII, Rufford
Oct 2002 CPA Ceramic 2002, Oxford
Aug 2002/3 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Herts
May 2002/3 Clayart, Denbigh, N. Wales
Oct 2001 CPA Ceramic Festival, Oxford
June 2001 CPA Earth and Fire VII, Rufford (Demonstrator and stand)
Oct 2000 CPA Ceramic Festival, Oxford
June 2000 CPA Earth and Fire VI, Rufford
Oct 1999 CPA Ceramic Festival, Oxford (Demonstrator and stand)
June 1999 CPA Earth and Fire V, Rufford
Dec 1998 CPA Christmas Festival, Bloxham, Nr Banbury
June 1998 CPA Earth and Fire IV, Rufford
1997 CPA Christmas Fair, Bloxham, Nr Banbury
1996 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Herttordshire

Publications

Publications

"New British Design 1998" published by Mitchell Beazley 1998.
Crafts Council "Buyers Guide to Contemporary Studio Ceramics" published 1999. "Raku - Investigations into Fire" by David Jones published by Crowood Press 1999 "Potters" The Illustrated Directory of Fellows and Members of the CPA, Ceramic Review Publication 2000
"The Decorated Surface" by Jo Connell published by Apple Press 2002
"Antiques Price Guide 2003" by Judith Miller published by Dorling Kindersley - New Antiques Ceramics Section p 710
"Smoke Fired Pottery" by Jane Perryman to be published by A & C Black 2008

Workshops and Demonstartions

Workshops and Demonstartions

Nov 2003 Visual Arts Network Slide Show
May 2003 West Forest Potters, Maidenhead
Nov 2002 Talk and Walk to coincide with Touch of Gold Exhibition, Contemporary Ceramics
Feb 2002 Brainstorm Charity, Sutton Coldfield
June 2001 Earth and Fire VI, Rufford
Nov 2000 Fire & Form: 7000 Years of Ceramic Art, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Oct 1999 CPA Ceramic Festival, Oxford

Awards

Awards

Creative Ambitions Award, West Midlands Arts, July 2002

Books

Books

I have written two books published by A & C Black as part of the Ceramic Handbook series
Ceramics with Mixed Media - August 2006.
Ceramic Jewellery - May 2010

Work Styles

Work Styles

Raku
Handbuilt
Sculptural
Smoke