The Ceramic House is my home, in Brighton. I have converted it into a showcase of my architectural ceramics practice by cladding many – (most!)- surfaces, inside and out, with tiled installations. It is also a pop-up gallery. Every May, during the Brighton Festival, I open the house to the public and curate exhibitions of international contemporary ceramics within this unique domestic context.

Each year the ambition of the exhibitions has grown. In 2013 The Ceramic House was voted best Artists Open House, and since 2014 I have been curating themed exhibitions, selecting artists from around the world, usually building the exhibition into a bigger project. In 2014 it was part of a Danish exchange project, whereby I made new work in residency in Denmark, invited 14 artists to exhibit at The Ceramic House in Fantastic Tales, and then I took my work back to Denmark to exhibit in the Biennial, European Ceramic Context. See blog link below. In 2015, I curated Dark Light, black and white ceramics from five continents.

This year (2016) it was part of a 14 month long project called Landscape Islands, a collaboration with sound artist Joseph Young exploring the intersection between sound art and ceramic practice. It involved multiple exhibitions and events and the first international residency programme for sound and ceramic artists hosted by The Ceramic House. See blog/film links below.

Made in Korea has been in the planning since 2014, when I met Kyung Won Baek, a young Korean ceramist, on a residency at Guldagergaard International Research Centre in Denmark. Based in South Korea, she has been an invaluable contact, introducing me to artists, curators, academics and ceramic residency centres and helping me to plan everything. Myung Nam An, a Korean artist based in London, exhibited at The Ceramic House in 2012 and introduced me to Sladmore Contemporary in London, who is hosting Made in Korea in July 2017.

The success of the Landscape : Islands residency programme has led us to continue offering residencies at The Ceramic House and, moreover, to continue the investigation between ceramics and sound.

Sixteen Korean ceramic artists have been selected to participate in the exhibition, who are based in South Korea, Switzerland, Germany, USA and UK. Two or three artists will be invited to participate in a residency hosted by The Ceramic House during June. They will be paired up with sound artists, to create new work for an exhibition in the autumn (venue to be confirmed). I have received an AIDF grant from the Arts Council to travel to Korea to research the project and a new body of my own work that will provide the context for Made in Korea.

I have just arrived in Korea! The story continues from here…

Links: http://www.theceramichouse.co.uk

a-n blog Danish-UK ceramic exchange project

a-n blog In A Shetland Landscape, my collaboration with Joseph Young that provided the context for Landscape : Islands

Youtube documentary about Landscape : Islands project, starting in Shetland and tracing journey through exhibitions and residencies

 

 


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Last day today of Made in Korea at Sladmore Contemporary!

Following a hugely successful month at The Ceramic House, our seventh and most ambitious exhibition to date has received record visitors and has been highly acclaimed during the last three weeks at Sladmore Contemporary. If you are in London today, don’t miss the last chance to see an exceptional selection of Korean contemporary ceramics. 32 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1J 6NW.

Photos from the opening night:


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Today the Made in Korea show opens at Sladmore Contemporary in Mayfair! This is the first time a Ceramic House show has transferred to another venue, and something I vowed to do after the Fantastic Tales Danish exhibition in 2014. To bring a collection of work like this together and then only display it in one place seems ludicrous, especially when the work has travelled half way round the world.

Back at the beginning of 2016, I had been wondering where I would be able to take the exhibition, and my first attempt had been the Korean Cultural Centre. They were already doing a ceramics show around the same time, then out of the blue, Myung Nam An, a Korean ceramist based in London, who showed here in 2012, suggested Gerry Farrell. He has been a gem! He has two galleries – Sladmore Gallery, which shows fine art bronzes mainly, and Sladmore Contemporary, which is where he is prepared to be a bit more adventurous. Recently he has been cultivating an interest in ceramics, which is a new venture, so it was perfect timing to be introduced to him, with a ready-made show of exquisite Korean ceramics to offer!

It has been a lovely experience working with Gerry and everything has just fallen into place so easily. I am so thrilled that the exhibition has transferred there, and it has been wonderful for the Korean artists too, to be able to offer them a Mayfair exhibition. Hopefully they will all sell more work!

The exhibition continues until the 28th July so if you get the chance and you are in London, pop in! Sladmore Contemporary, 32 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NW. Opening tonight 6-8pm


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