Frances Priest

My work is a continually evolving exploration of the relationship between two and three dimensions, playing with perceptions of space and the boundary point between one state and another. Clay is the primary vehicle for this exploration but a particular interest in drawing as an activity in its own right has an increasingly important role to play
The ceramic forms may reference the recognizable but exist in their own right as significant physical statements. A developing theme of interest is the gathering together and documenting of the sources for these marks and patterns, the intended and incidental decorative elements that surround and inform our everyday lives. The accumulation of this visual information can develop a layered understanding of a country or place, mapping similarities and differences in cultural identity through traditional fabrics, farmed landscapes, commercial cityscapes or architectural details.

Born 1976 United Kingdom

June 1999 PG Dip. Ceramics Edinburgh College of Art
June 1998 BA Hons. Ceramics Edinburgh College of Art

Work Experience
2007 Workshop Leader & Assistant Artist National Galleries of Scotland, Drop in and Draw, Saturday Art Studio
2006 Workshop Leader North Edinburgh Arts, Including ArtZone 3, Young Roots, Macbeth, Kidnapped & Midsummer Night Dream performance projects
Workshop Leader National Museums of Scotland. Including Drop in & Draw 2006, 2007, Picasso Weekend Ceramic Workshop
2005 Artist in Residence Regents International School, Thailand
Part Time Lecturer ECA, Ceramics, First Year Studies, Centre for Continuing Studies

2008 Covepark Scottish Crafts Residency
2005-2006 Professional Development Award SAC
2004 Benno Schotz Award for promising young Scottish sculptor RSA 
2002 Major Award for Individual Development SAC
2001 Award for Individual Development SAC

Recent Exhibitions
2008 Making Spaces MAC Mobile Museum, Fife
Focus Show Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Collect with The Scottish Gallery at The V&A, London
2007 Vessels for Spring The Scottish Gallery
2007-2004 Collect with The Scottish Gallery at The V&A, London
2006 European Ceramic Context 2006, GrØnbechs Gård, Denmark
Different Ways of Expression The Yard, The Netherlands
2005 Surface & Shape solo exhibition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Public Collections
2006 The Victoria & Albert Museum London, UK
2005 The McManus Galleries Dundee, UK
2004 The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, UK
2003 The National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
2002 The Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead, UK






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