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Contact Details

Studio: Middle Rigg, Wearhead, County Durham, England, DL13 1HS. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1388 537379
Email:
Web-site: www.teabowls.co.uk
Last Updated: 2013-04-11

Artists statement

Artists statement

About 12 years ago I visited the Hagi area of Japan where I was invited to the home and studio of  Miwa Kyusetsu X1.  My host was his son Kazuhiko Miwa, who had been introduced to me by my daughter who had met Kazuhiko, a potter, ceramic artist and architect, whilst on an arts residency in Hagi.  Miwa Kyusetsu X1 was a national living treasure so it was an extraordinary privilege to sit in the tea room and be presented with three Chawan for my inspection.   It was here that I discovered the beautiful snow like whiteness of shino with dark, blackened bare patches on the body of the clay.

Some time later, back in the UK, Alan Ault, the director of Valentines Clays, asked me to try some samples of a new coarse black clay.  The idea of having a black clay to use was both exciting and challenging and with some experiments, tweaks and adjustments I finally came up with an adjusted clay body that suited me.  I have used that clay ever since and my current body of work involves bringing together this coarse gritty, dark material with the beautiful qualities of thick unctuous porcelain slip.  
Margaret Curtis November 2012

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Oxford Ceramics Gallery, The, : Sake
November 05, 2017 to December 22, 2017

Current Work - Availability

Current Work - Availability

Contemporary Ceramics Centre London, www.cpaceramics.com
Porthilly Gallery, Rock, Wadebridge. www.porthillygallery.co.uk
Mouncey Gallery, Barnard Castle, Co Durham. www.mounceyfineart.co.uk
Turnstone Gallery www.turnstonegallery.net
Gallery Bevere www.beveregallery.com

Technical Information

Technical Information

Black clay with over-pourings of white porcelain slip and the two glazes currently used are Copper red and celadon green.

Background and Awards

Background and Awards

Self Trained at Middle Rigg from 1979

Prizes
2003 - 1st prize, ‘Keramiekprijs Noord Nederland’ Dwingeloo, Holland

Awards
2006 - Arts Council England
2003 - Arts Council England, International Travel Award; Arts Council England, Cultural Business Venture Award
2002 - One North East, Development Award, WVDC Marketing Award

Exhibitions and International Festivals

Exhibitions and International Festivals

Selected exhibitions
2012 - Contemporary Ceramics Centre London “Eddie Curtis, Margaret Curtis: New Textures, New Forms”
2010 - Metzger Galerie, Johannesberg, near Asschaffenburg, Germany; ‘curtis red’
2010 - Rufford Park, Notttinghamshire; ‘curtis red’
2008 - Beaux Arts, Bath
2008 - Lund Gallery, Easingwold
2008 - Inspires, Oxford
2008 - Brooke Street Gallery, Hay on Wye
2006 - Broughton Gallery, Biggar, Scotland
2005 - Lund Gallery, Easingwold, North Yorks
2005 - Galerie Mebius, Noordhorn, Netherlands
2004 - Beaux Arts, Bath

Selected group exhibitions
2012 - Bevere Gallery, Worcester.
2011 - Chawan Exhibition, Gallery St Ives, Tokyo
2007 - Totally Teabowls; Oakwood Gallery, Thoresby 
2005 - International Chawan exhibition, Het laatste Huis Belgium
2005 - International Ceramics Exhibition, Seeschloss Gmunden, Austria 
2004 - Gallery Enju, Tottori City, Japan
2003 - In the Window, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
2003 - Isouan Gallery, Okazaki City, Aichi, Japan
2003 - Kawarabanya Gallery; Seto, Japan

Selected International Festivals
2012 - Ceramic Art London
2011 - Ceramic Art London
2009 - Diessener Töpfermarkt; Diessen am Ammersee, Germany
2009 - Collect at the V&A; London
2009 - Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxford
2006 - Origin-The London Craft Fair
2006 - Internationale Keramiekmarkt; Swalmen Netherlands
2005 - Keramisto, Milsbeek, Netherlands
2005 - Topfermarkt Gmunden, Austria
2005 - 15eme Marche de Potiers, de Giroussens, France
2004 - 9th Biennale de la Ceramique, Andenne, Belgium 

2003 - Ceramic Festival, Banko Potters, Yokkaichi, Japan

Work Styles

Work Styles

Vessel
Vases & Bowls
Stoneware
Thrown
Sang de boeuf
Teabowls
Celadon