Rupert Spira

'I think of my studio more as a laboratory than a workplace. It is a place or, more accurately, an event, a series of events, in which the elements of nature – space, mind, earth, water, line, fire, movement, form, time – are gathered, exploring and expressing that which holds them together as a cohesive whole.'

Born 1960  London

1978-80  BA Hons. Degree at West Surrey College of Art and
Design under Henry Hammond
1980-82  Trained with Michael Cardew at Wenford Bridge Pottery
1983  Final year at West Surrey College of Art and Design

3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005 Korea (CEBIKO)-Bronze Prize
2005  Faenza – International Competition of Contemporary
Ceramic Art–Silver plaque of the President of the Italian Republic
2005  International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan- Honourable Mention

Recent Exhibitions
 CAA, Domestic Contemporaries
2009  London Art Fair, Adrian Sassoon
TEFAF, Adrian Sassoon, Maastricht
SOFA NY, Adrian Sassoon
COLLECT, Adrian Sassoon, Saatchi Gallery, London
Pavillion of Art and Design, Adrain Sassoon, London
Hands with Heart, Joanna Bird Pottery, Chiswick
2008  Contemporary Applied Arts, London
TEFAF. Adrian Sassoon
Collect. Gallerie Marianne Heller, Adrian Sassoon
Monochrome. Lund Gallery
2007  Hue, Line & Form. Contemporary Applied Arts. London
Applied Art. The Scottish Gallery
COLLECT, Marianne Heller, V & A Museum, London
2006  Alpha House, Sherborne, Dorset
Showcase with the Crafts Council at the V & A
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Marianne Heller, Heidleberg
2005  COLLECT, Individual stand, V & A Museum, London
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
2004  Ishikawa Ongakudo Koryu Hall, Kanazawa
ACROS Fukuoka Cultural Gallery, Fukuoka
Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
Ruthin Craft Centre, ‘Hands Across the Border’
Clay, Los Angeles

 ‘Rupert Spira Ceramics’ Exhibition Catalogue, Japan Touring Exhibition,
2004  ‘Rupert Spira Bowl’ Published by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts,

Public Collections
V & A Museum, London
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
Paramita Museum, Mie Prefecture, Japan
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
21st Century Museum, Kanazawa
Crafts Council, London
International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Arkansas Arts Centre
Middlesborough Institute of Art





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