Helen Beard

Working with a Limoges porcelain I throw a simple white ceramic form, onto which I put a drawing.  The technique for drawing is my own researched method of relief print and colour wash. The result is an image like watercolour and ink.
Each individual pot has an illustration, a scene from the way we live. I follow themes that are often nostalgic or even slightly old fashioned. The pots tell a story, sometimes quirky, and sometimes with touch of humour about British way of life.

Born 1979 Sheffield

2003 Apprenticeship with studio potter, Edmund De Waal
2001 Edinburgh College Of Art  Ba Design And Applied Arts: ceramics 1st  class honours
1989 Liverpool John Moores University  B-Tec National Diploma Foundation In Art And Design: Distinction

Recent Awards
2006 UK Trade And Investment Award For Export Finalist
2005 Crafts Council Development Award British Crafts Council
2004 Design for Skandinavia Shortlisted Award, Chelsea Crafts Fair, UK Trade and Investment 
2003 Winston Churchill memorial travel fellowship  Awarded a grant for international study of ceramics

Recent Exhibitions
2007 Origin the London Craft Fair at Somerset House, Crafts Council, London
Awarded Artist, Edinburgh themed show Edinburgh City Art Centre 
Dundee Contemporary Arts Showcase Exhibition
Showcase Crafts Council At The V & A Museum, London
Kathy Gittins Oriel Kathy Gittins, Wales
2006 Joanna Bird Pottery Group Exhibition, London
Christmas Exhibition New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
Origin The London Craft Fair At Somerset House, Crafts Council, London
Bilston Craft Gallery, Artist Solo Focus
Earth And Fire Ceramic Show, Rufford Ceramic Centre, Nottinghamshire
Royal Birmingham Society Of Artists, showcase exhibition
The Colours Of The Sea Broughton Gallery, Scotland
Solo Ceramics Salt Gallery, Cornwall
2005 The Human Condition Group Exhibition, The Scottish  Gallery
Make Me Smile Group Exhibition, Craft And Design Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery Apprentices Group Exhibition, the apprentices of Edmund De Waal, Blackwell The Arts And Crafts House, Abbot Hall, Cumbria
Focus exhibition wrexham arts centre, wales
chelsea crafts fair crafts council, london
The Sea Group Exhibition, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe Lancashire
In The Window Blue Coat Display Center, Liverpool
Ceramics Group Exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
A Fine Line Group Exhibition, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Nutfield Surrey
New Domestic Group Exhibition, Gallery Top Derbyshire.

London Southwark Council, Purchased For Their Permanent Collection
Broughton Gallery Biggar, Scotland
Donna Karan  New York
Egg  London
Wigglesworth Architects  London
Betty Davies Scottish Fashion International  Edinburgh





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