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I am now a professional member of the Craft Potters Association

New Work

New Work shows work in progress for exhibition in Autumn 2016. Nightwalker and Travelling West, both migration stories from an Iranian refugee, are the first pots in the collection. In progress: Postcard from the Caliphate - follow updates for this at The C Word (supplement).

Remembering Atefeh (2013) is now on show at The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, as part of the Craft’s Council’s touring show, ‘Hidden Agenda,’ and the Wilson’s own, ‘Crafting Change.’ Both shows run for three months: 5th March – 5th June 2016.

Writing

Subversive Ceramics, Bloomsbury, is now on sale on line and in all good book shops. Bloomsbury website, or from Amazon.

This book has been needed for a very long time. It examines the intriguing histories of how clay has been used as a medium for dissent, as a commentary on political life and to critique ideas of domesticity. It argues that ceramics’ access to the everyday, and its use of a material that is little-regarded, allows it to rewrite narratives around power. Claudia Clare’s book is a corrective: passionate, lucid, funny, beautifully illustrated and frequently surprising.
Edmund de Waal

I am immensely grateful to The Society of Authors for their support for the writing of this book.

Featured Pages

As 2015/16 continues to be marked by mass migrations and conflict, I stay with my choice to feature Travelling West, 2013 depicting the journey of one refugee from Iran to Britain, and WW1, 1915, Ararat to Albania, October 2015-March 2016 marks the centenary of the start of the Great Serbian Retreat, 1915-16.

This is history painting form a democratic viewpoint, in a domestic medium, which celebrates the hand-made material object as well as art’s subversion.
Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times, 2012.

Recent Work is a new page showing pots from 2014.
WW1, 1915, Ararat to Albania, (detail right), is a memorial to the work of three extraordinary women in the Balkans during WW1. It features The Great Serbian Retreat of 1915-16 and, close to Mt. Ararat, the smoking villages remember the Armenian Genocide, 1915.
Floods at Dawn and Three Generations are intimate portraits of the house, garden, family and the landscape in which I grew up.
Remembering Nelson Mandela, traces some of the momentous events in the Mandela’s long and remarkable life.

Press Coverage
An Extraordinary Turn of Events, (2012)
Jackie Wullschlager for the Financial Times
Tanya Harrod for Ceramic Review

Molly’s Odyssey, (2013)
James Martin for the Irish Post
John Walsh for the Independent

On The Record: writing my own art history

The C Word for writing on completed work
The C Word (supplement) for work in progress

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