Kyra Cane

The guises of clay are varied and extraordinary however my continuous interest in vessels means that pots are my great love. They link one to a history of making objects, from the china painted bowl I found and treasured as a child and the early Persian bowls with simple patterns that I admire, to the battered metal containers that hang on my studio wall. They are part of a consistent thread of influences which include paintings, and an appreciation of that which is made
by hand.

I use a wheel because the immediacy of ones response to actions demands undivided attention, the speed at which decisions are made remains a constant challenge and the soft fluid process of turning a solid lump of clay into a voluminous fine walled structure never fails to excite me.

At every stage of making I try to capture something of the freedom I find in throwing. I choose Limoges Porcelain for its colour when both raw and fired, and its strength in the heat of the kiln. Making for me is also about working with risk, surfaces react to the slightest touch, traces of hand and tool remain, bowls move and twist, materials melt and fuse.

I wrap bold, ostensibly black marks, around the porcelain forms, animating and defining spaces; brushmarks fade and blur, inky opaque bands change to pale fresh air blues with occasional flashes of yellow. There are remnants in these vessels of the vast landscapes which have always been my inspiration.

Born  1962

BA (Hons) 1st Class Ceramics, Camberwell School of Art
Art Teachers’ Certificate, Goldsmiths College London University
Grants and Awards
2010  Major Arts Council Award
2005  Arts Council – Small Grant Award, Ceramic Art London
2000  Residency at Rufford Ceramic Centre
1997  East Midland Arts Award
1989  East Midland Arts Grant for Publicity and assistance in   attending Chelsea Crafts Fair for the first time
1987  Crafts Council Setting up Grant

Solo Exhibitions
  Harley Gallery – Nottinghamshire
2002  White Gallery, Brighton 
2001  Hart Gallery, London
1999  Bettles Gallery, Hampshire
1995  Galerie ‘L’ Hamburg, Germany
Hart Gallery, London
1994  ‘Pour When Inclined’, Canvas Galler, London
1993  ‘Pots and Paintings’, Traquair, Scotland
1990  Montpellier Gallery, Cheltenham
1989  ‘New Work’, Sue Williams Gallery, Portobello Road, London
1987  ‘Pots and Paintings’, Field Gallery, Nottingham
1985  Paintings and Pots, Midland Group, Nottingham

Selected Group Exhibitions
  Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2010  ‘Lustre’, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham
2007  Firing Thoughts, Manchester 
Collect, V&A
2006  Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London 
Ceramic Art London
2005  Carlin Gallery, Paris
Art London, Sarah Myerscough
Ceramic Art London
2004  ‘Graft’ Harley Foundation Studio Show
Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
MACBA Barcelona (Museum of Contemporary Art) Arts Council Show
Totally Teabowls, Oakwood Gallery, Nottinghamshire
‘Bloomers’ Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London
Firbob and Peacock, Knutsford, Cheshire
Affordable Art Fair, London (John Noott Gallery)
2003  John Noott Galleries, Broadway Modern, Gloucestershire
Wessex Fine Arts and Ceramics, Dorset
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2002  Christmas Show, Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
SOFA Chicago (White Gallery) 
Grange Barn Galleries, Group Show
2001  SOFA Chicago (White Gallery) 
‘Painterly Pots’ Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester
2000  Chelsea Crafts Fair, London

Selected Publications
2008  Essay by Emmanuel Cooper ‘Parallel Lines’
2005  Short text by Edmund de Waal for Catalogue
Essay by Edmund de Waal ‘The pleasurable activity of the journey’ The ceramics of Kyra Cane 
1995  Short Essay by Emmanuel Cooper for the Hart Gallery Show
1994  Essay by John Houston ‘Pour when Inclined’ 
2009  Contemporary Ceramics - Emmanuel Cooper 
2008  The Ceramics Design Course - Anthony Quinn 
2004  Sources of Inspiration: For Ceramics and the Applied Arts - Carolyn Genders
2001  Article - Ceramic Review Jan/ Feb 





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