Craig Mitchell


My work is informed by the constant unraveling of events in contemporary culture and universal themes such as love, loss and
our roles in society. Nothing in my life escapes close scrutiny, every chance comment, every potentially insignificant interaction or memory
is collaged along with other collected imagery into my work. Creating slightly surreal cartoon-like ceramic figures is my way of relating to the increasingly bizarre reality which forms the fabric of our daily lives -ideas can be a way of exorcising demons. I express ideas using humour to ‘sugar the pill’, creating unlikely scenarios, ridiculous juxtapositions or exaggerating the familiar. This draws the reader into
a narrative with a smile before titles or symbols suggest alternative, sometimes darker interpretations.

Born 1967   Irvine, Scotland

Education 
1994-95
  PGCE, Bolton Institute of Higher Education
1990-92  MA Ceramics, The Royal College of Art
1986-89  BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics (1st class), University of Sunderland

Awards
2004
 First time exhibitor – Chelsea Crafts Fair, Scottish Arts Council.
2003  Award for Creative Development, Scottish Arts Council

Recent Exhibitions
2008
 Collect, V&A, London, represented by Contemporary Applied Arts.
2007  Origin, Crafts Council, Somerset House, London
2007  Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
2006  “Tales of Ordinary People”, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2006  Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, Solo
2006  Collect, V&A, London
2005  The Gallery Ruthin Craft Centre, (Solo touring, catalogue)
2005  SOFA, New York, represented by CLAY Gallery, Los Angeles
2004  Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
2004  S.O.F.A. exhibition, Chicago, USA, represented by CLAY Gallery

Commissions
2007
 Window display of 8 figures, Hamilton and Inches jewelers, Edinburgh
2006  McManus Galleries, Dundee, Scotland
2006  Gary Hart, London

Public Collections
2006
  McManus Galleries, Dundee, Scotland
2001  World Ceramic Centre, Ichon, Korea
2000  Yingko Ceramics Museum, Taipei County, Taiwan
1997  The Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

Publications
2006
 The Ceramic Narrative by Matthias Ostermann, AC Black
2005  Craig Mitchell - Cast of characters, catalogue to accompany solo show at Ruthin Crafts Centre 
2004  Ceramic Review No. 206, Exhibition review
2003  Ceramics Art and Perception ‘Craig Mitchell’s Clay Tales’, feature article

Public Collection
The Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Exhibitions

Archive

2010

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