Sarah VilleneauImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: The Print Room Exchange Place Studios Exchange Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, S2 5SZ. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44(0)7734958310
Email:
Web-site: www.villeneau.co.uk
Availability: Please phone or email for appointment.
Joined on: 2008-10-01
Last Updated: 2015-11-18

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

Sarah has been a ceramic artist for over 20 years, exhibiting across Britain and in Europe. Current work explores the expressive qualities of clay through loosely vessel based and/or abstract form to create ambiguous and sensuous organic sculpture. Whilst inviting to the touch the pieces can also be somewhat unsettling in their visceral resonances.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Millennium Gallery : Shaped from the Earth – Sheffield Ceramics
June 18, 2016 to October 09, 2016

Water Street Gallery : Landmarks 2016
July 08, 2016 to September 25, 2016

HillsFest : Hillsfest - Art and Music Festival
July 09, 2016 to July 10, 2016

Art in the Pen (Skipton) : Art in the Pen 2016 - Skipton
August 13, 2016 to August 14, 2016

North Wales School Of Art & Design (Glyndwr Uni.) : Ceramic Wales
September 02, 2016 to September 04, 2016

Geffrye Museum, The : Ceramics in the City 2016
September 23, 2016 to September 25, 2016

York Racecourse : Art Market - York
September 30, 2016 to October 02, 2016

Current Work

Current Work

Current work is handbuilt using a variety of techniques - slab-building, press-moulding, pinching and modelling. The work is glazed using a variety of stoneware glazes and engobes including textured, volcanic and crawling effects, and is increasingly combined with mixed media.

Sarah supplements her practice with community commissions and collaborations and has recently completed a large-scale Creative People and Places project in Doncaster - Unpacking a Potted History - www.rightupourstreet.org.uk.

Other Information - courses
Sarah offers one-off courses: Please contact me to find out about what is available.

Technical Information

Technical Information

Sarah fires to stoneware using a variety of Earthstone Scarva clays, and also incorporates the occasional porcelain, bone china and parian slip. Pieces often undergo multiple firings, and are both electric and gas-fired.

Sarah is increasingly using mixed media in her work - combining nuts, bolts, nails, element wire, pre-fired ceramics and bones. Glazes are reactive, textured, crawling, reticulated and volcanic.

Background History

Background History

Sarah has been involved in Community Arts, Arts in Education and currently works with Creative Partnerships in an advisory/mentoring role. She is a trained Action Learning Facilitator and uses clay as a consultation tool as well as a medium to develop creative approaches. She has recently been a consultant to the Arts Council, and is a trained mentor with coaching skills.

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

Presents/Presence, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, Christmas 2015
Innovations in Ceramic Art, The Guildhall, Cambridge, October 2015
Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London, September 2015
Unseen, Unsung, The View, Church View, Doncaster. Joint exhibition with Jayne Cooper, painter, celebrating our work around Doncaster Market, July 2015
Unpacking a Potted History, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Summer 2015
Earth and Fire, Rufford, June 2015
3 @ 11, Studio Eleven, Hull, Spring 2015

Ceramics in the City, selected, September 2014
Earth and Fire (student stand/NPA) selected, June 2012/13/14
The Discerning Eye, The Mall Gallery, London, selected exhibition, November 2013
Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, selected exhibition, Christmas 2013
Studio Eleven, Northern Potters Association selected Exhibition, October 2012
Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield, PW10, selected exhibition, November 2011

Sadirac Ceramics Festival, Bergerac, France, June 2010
Northern Potters, Thoresby Gallery, Thoresby, July 2010
Earth and Fire, NPA, Rufford, selected, June 2010
Studio Pottery Exhibition, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, Autumn 2009
Sculpture Exhibition, Harlequin Gallery, Greenwich, London, selected, June 2008
“Eight”, Collaborative Exhibition, The Workstation, Sheffield, 2006