Kirsty makes hand thrown tableware pieces and larger studio porcelain pieces working to commission, order and for exhibitions. She works only in porcelain.
"My main inspirations and methods of working were developed whilst living in Japan. I became particularly interested in the Oribe style of glazing developed by the tea master Fujita Oribe. This process involves part glazing with a copper based glaze and leaving part unglazed. The glazes are poured to achieve subtleties of overlapping colours and to enhance the spontaneity of each piece.
Hand built pieces are textured and assembled whilst leather hard. Once assembled, the vessels are painted with a white slip to create a canvas on which to work with oxides and glazes."
Work generally available from:
Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire
Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran, Wales
Oswells, Barnard Castle, County Durham
Available for lectures and happy to demonstrate and present her work. Happy to run workshops and has previous experience of teaching and delivering lectures.
Commissions are welcomed.
Bluecoat Display Centre : Eastern Aesthetics
April 23, 2016 to May 28, 2016
Mary Ward House : MADE LONDON Ė Bloomsbury
April 29, 2016 to May 01, 2016
Yorkshire Museum and Gardens : Ceramic Art York 2016
September 09, 2016 to September 11, 2016
Electric kiln. Stoneware fired to 1260 - 1280 deg. C.
1988 - 1989 York College of Arts & Technology, Foundation course in Art & Design
1989 - 1992 University of Brighton, BA (Hons.) Wood, Metal, Ceramics & Plastics.
1992 - 1993 University of Central England in Birmingham, PGCE Art & Design
1995 - 1997 Learning Traditional Japanese Ceramics Techniques, whilst living and working in Japan
Kirsty currently works from her studio in Newcastle.
2012 Food & Wine Magazine (USA)
2011 Handmade in Britain, Piyush Suri (Vivay Publishing)
2005 British Studio Potters Marks, Eric Yates-Owen & Robert Fournier (A&C Black)
Work featured at Charity event;
Lifespan Art Auction, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne Oct 2012
Jan 2015 Artichoke Gallery, Ticehurst, East Sussex
Jan 2015 Craft Centre Design Gallery, Leeds
Oct 2014 Found Gallery, Dunbar, Scotland
Oct 2014 MADE, Marylebone, London
Jul 2014 Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales
Jun 2014 Storie Shop, Paris
Mar 2014 Turner Contemporary, Margate
Feb 2014 HEALíS Modern Craft Market, Healís, London
Oct 2013 Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge
July 2013 Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex
April 2013 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
Nov 2012 Handmade in Britain, Chelsea Town Hall
Sep 2012 Lifespan Charity Auction, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Mar 2012 Sainsburys Centre for Visual Art, UEA Norwich
Nov 2011 Selected work Handmade in Britain book promotion, Chelsea Town Hall
Aug 2010 Selected show The Bigger Picture, Crystral Palace
Aug 2008 Selected group show, New Ashgate Gallery
Mar 2007 Selected exhibition Sainsburys Centre for Visual Art, UEA Norwich
July 2006 Taliesin Centre, Swansea
Nov 2005 Contemporary Studio Ceramics, Minster Fine Art, York
Aug 2004 Excellence in British Craft, Formland, Denmark
Jun 2004 Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
Mar 2004 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Oct 2003 Chelsea Crafts Fair