Sara Moorhouse

The development of my work into ceramics, colour and spatial perception began with a Masters degree at Cardiff in 2003. The work explores the ways in which spaces within landscape appear altered depending on the ever-changing colours of season, weather, time and farming. The bowls act as a canvas for paintings that distil specific landscape scenes, perceptibly altering the size, depth and shape of the form by the applied colour. The forms can be made to seem wider or narrower, deeper or shallower, heavier or lighter, or they may appear to undulate, bend, move or hover by the juxtaposition of finer lines. The viewing of both inner and outer surfaces together enables me to exploit colour connections and visual play from one side to another, emphasising or flattening the dimensionality of the form.

Notions above were the topic of 18 months studio practice before embarking on a PhD in March 2006. This was undertaken to develop the ideas with more emphasis upon the spatial phenomena in relation to colour theory.

As part of the research-based practice I returned to the basics of colour theory and tested out ideas on the three-dimensional conical form. I found that colours behave differently when viewed across three-dimensional space than on a two-dimensional surface, particularly on the inner bowl form where illusions can appear much stronger. The illusory spatial colour phenomena were then used on forms to suggest specific landscape scenes, such as Table Mountain in South Wales and The Rigi in Switzerland, as colour arrangements allude to spaces and atmospheres found therein. 

The PhD has enabled me to develop a vocabulary of spatial colour knowledge specific to the three-dimensional bowl form, in which I have learnt to manipulate and articulate three-dimensional space to a much greater effect. After a long awaited continuation of my studio practice, I am now integrating the findings from my PhD with colourways and arrangements from my previous practice. Furthermore, I am pleased to reveal that, following my recent period of study, my intuitive response to landscape scenes, colour and form, have not been lost and remain the key objectives for my practice.

Born  1974, Sheffield

 UWIC School of Art and Design, Cardiff: MA Ceramics, Distinction
1997  University of Exeter: Post Graduate Certificate in Art Education
1996  University of Wolverhampton: BA (Hons) Illustration 2:1
1993  West Notts College of F.E.: Foundation studies in Art and Design, Distinction

  First prize in the category ‘Vessel, Form, Décor’ for the Ceramics for Europe Westerwald Prize 2009, Germany: E5000
2006  People’s Choice Award, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Swansea: £500
Welsh Artist of the Year for Applied Arts
Diploma of Honor, Honorable Mention, The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005 Exhibition, Korea
2005  First Time Exhibitor Award, Chelsea Crafts Fair

Recent exhibitions
  Paperficial, Craft2eu, Hamburg
Works from 12th Westerwaldpreis 2009, Grimmerhus Keramikmuseum, Denmark
2009  A Baker’s Dozen, The Roundhouse Gallery, Foston, Derbyshire
Origin Craft Fair, Somerset House, London
Ceramics of Europe 2009, Westerwald Museum, Höhr-Grenshauzen, Germany
Earth and Fire, Rufford Country Park, Nottinghamshire
A Sense of Affinity, Ceramic Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
On the Surface, Blackwell Art Gallery, Bowness-on-Windermere
2007-09  Ten Years on, Fireworks Clay Studios, 5 venues tour Wales & England 
2007  Hue, Line and Form, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2006  Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
National Eisteddfod, Swansea
Welsh Artist of the Year, St. Davids Centre, Cardiff
Prospect – Ten Artists in Clay, National Museum of Wales
2005  Verve, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin
The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005, Korea

 Gallery Top, Rowsley
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton
Bowie and Hulbert Gallery, Hay-on-Wye
2005  Rufford Craft Centre, Newark
Mission Gallery, Swansea
Bluecoats Display Centre, Liverpool

  Ceramic Review, 1200 word Article about the development of my work post PhD
Ceramic Monthly, Upfront exhibition review (1/2 page), Craft Centre Leeds
2009  Advertising Campaign for the Crafts Council’s Origin Craft Fair 2009; numerous locations including poster campaign on London’s underground, front cover of Origin catalogue, a-n magazine (Oct), RA magazine (Sept), Time Out (7 Oct).
Front cover: New Ceramics (Neue Keramik), issue 03/09
2006  ‘Prospect – Ten Artists in Clay’ catalogue, National Museum of Wales





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