The pots that I make explore simple formats, working in series to gradually extend the boundaries of the ceramic structures that are my current obsession; making subtle changes until the pieces develop a voice which has a resonance that interests and excites me.
Pieces are thrown on a wheel, an intense, physical process that demands immediate responses to material and form; surfaces react to the slightest touch, traces of hand and tools remain, the indents and hollows created by fingers and fists interrupt and contradict symmetry.
Bold, ostensibly black marks, wrap themselves around the porcelain forms, describing
and defining spaces; brushmarks fade and blur, inky opaque bands change to pale fresh air blues. There are remnants in these vessels of the vast landscapes which have always been my inspiration.
Thrown and altered bowls, jugs and vases in stoneware and porcelain are recurrent themes in her work and she makes pots in series being constantly engaged by subtle variations between each form.
Work generally available from:
Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk, UK
Royal College of Art : Ceramic Art London 2015
April 17, 2015 to April 19, 2015
Pots are thrown on a wheel and the interplay of form and surface are an important part of her work. Layers of oxide stain and glaze are applied until the surface is animated by a series of marks, reflecting her observations of the landscape and producing a silky finish.
1962 - Born, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
1981 - 1982 - West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education.
1982 - 1985 - Camberwell School of Art, B.A. (Hons.) 1st Class, Ceramics.
1985 - 1986 - Goldsmiths College, Art Teachers Certificate
1996 - Beatrix Born!
1998 - Oliver Born!
1986 - 1990 - Harrow College of Higher Education - Part-time lecturer with responsibility for drawing;
1986 - 1990 - Ceramics HND Course
1986 - 1990 - West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education;
1986 - 1990 - Part-time lecturer in Ceramics; Adult Education.
1986 - 1989 - Goldsmiths College; Visiting Lecturer.
1987 - 1988 - Bretton Hall College, West Yorkshire; Part-time Lecturer in Ceramics.
1987 - 1997 - West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education;
1987 - 1997 - Part-time Lecturer, Foundation and GAD/GNVQ Art and Design courses.
1993 - 1994 - Derby University; Part time Ceramics Lecturer , BA Hons Applied Arts.
1990 - 2001 - University of Westminster (Harrow site),Half-time Lecturer, BA(Hons), Ceramics
From 2001 - Course Leader, BA(Hons) Ceramics, University of Westminster (Harrow site)
2006 - External Examiner: Royal College of Art
2007 + - External Examiner: University of Glasgow
1986 -1988 - Set Up First Workshop in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
1988 -1999 - Set Up Second Workshop in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
2000 - present - Moved workshop to the Harley Foundation, Worksop.
Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.
Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.
Chair : NACHE ( National Association for Ceramics in Higher Education)
Chair of the Ceramic Contemporaries 4 NACHE Exhibition Committee.
1987 - Crafts Council Setting up Grant
1989 - East Midland Arts Grant for Publicity and assistance in attending Chelsea Crafts Fair for the first time.
1993 - East Midland Arts Equipment Grant.
1997 - Major Development Award, East Midland Arts.
2000 - Residency at Rufford Ceramic Centre.
2005 - Arts Council Award
Essay by John Houston 'Pour when Inclined' 1994
Short Essay by Emmanuel Cooper for the Hart Gallery Show 1995
Essay by Edmund De Waal 'The pleasurable activity of the journey', The ceramics of Kyra Cane. ISBN 1 85919 014 6
Short text by Edmund de Waal for Catalogue 2005
Essay by Emmanuel Cooper ‘Parallel Lines’ - September 2008
Crafts Magazine Nov/Dec 1994. Pages 53 and 54.
Studio Pottery Dec/Jan 1994/95
Article - Neue Keramik (German Publication) May - June 1996 Page 150
Article - Ceramic Review Jan/ Feb 2001
1995 - Presentation Piece for Queen Elizabeth on the opening of the Queens Building at University of Westminster.
2005 - Large vessels for P&O Cruise Liner ( ARCADIA)
2008 Harley Gallery – Landscape, Drawings and Ceramics.
2002 White Gallery , Brighton
2001 Hart Gallery, London.
1999 Bettles Gallery, Hampshire
1995 Galerie ‘L’ Hamburg, Germany
1995 Hart Gallery, London
1994 “Pour When Inclined” Canvas Gallery, Tower Bridge, London, The Road Mender, Northampton
1993 “Pots and Paintings”, Kirkbride Gallery, Traquair, Scotland
1990 Montpellier Gallery, Cheltenham
1989 “New Work” Sue Williams Gallery, Portobello Road, London
1987 “Pots and Paintings”, Field Gallery, Nottingham
1985 Paintings and Pots, Midland Group, Nottingham
2007 Firing Thoughts . Manchester
2007 Collect : V&A
2006 Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2006 Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London
2006 Ceramic Art London
2005 Carlin Gallery, Paris.
2005 Art London, Sarah Myerscough
2005 Ceramic Art London
2004 "Graft" Harley Foundation Studio Show, Harley Gallery, Welbeck. Notts.
2004 MACBA Barcelona (Museum of Contemporary Art) Arts Council Show
2004 Totally Teabowls. Oakwood Gallery. Nottinghamshire
2004 "Bloomers" Contemporary Ceramics Gallery. London
2004 Firbob and Peacock. Knutsford. Cheshire
2004 Affordable Art Fair. London ( John Noott Gallery )
2003 John Noott Galleries, Broadway Modern, Gloucestershire.
2003 Wessex Fine Arts and Ceramics, Dorset - Joint show with Chris Keenan
2003 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2002 Christmas Show.Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
2002 SOFA Chicago ( White Gallery)
2002 Grange Barn Galleries. Group Show
2001 SOFA Chicago ( White Gallery)
2001 ‘Painterly Pots’ Brewery Arts Centre. Cirencester
2000 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London.
1999 Christmas Show. The Gallery Upstairs. Henley in Arden
1998 Summer Show. The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden
1997 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London.
1997 Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire, Major Group Show with Ruthanne Tudball and Josie Walters
1995 Studio Ceramics”94”, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
1992 Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire
1992 Fiery Beacon Gallery, Painswick, Gloucestershire
1991 “Decorative Ceramics”, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
1991 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
1990 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
1989 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
1989 Terrace Gallery, Worthing
1989 “New Faces” Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1989 “Harrow Connection” Touring Show: Northern Contemporary Arts Centre, Crafts Council, London
1988 Cecilia Colman Gallery
1988 “Shape and Surface” Touring Show; Gainsborough’s House, Suffolk; Peterborough Museum; Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1987 “Decorative Jugs”, Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
1987 Beverley Art Gallery (Copernican Connection), North Yorkshire
1987 “Contemporary Ceramics”, Christ’s Hospital, West Sussex
1986 Field Gallery, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire
1986 Booth House Gallery, Holmfirth, Yorkshire
1986 Castle Museum, Nottingham