Sasha Wardell


Bone china is a very seductive material to work with, possessing qualities of intense whiteness, translucency and strength. It is a very ‘single-minded’ clay, which forces the maker to work with clarity and precision. Its technical inflexibility and idiosyncratic making and firing characteristics might easily be a deterrent to investigation, however
I consider these restrictions and limitations a challenge to creativity
and working methods.

My particular interests lie in the translucent properties of this material and the differing degrees of luminosity possible.

And so, I have adapted the industrial techniques, normally associated with the traditional bone china production of mould making and slip casting, to create a range of individually decorated bowls, vases and lighting.

Born 1956 in Negombo, Sri Lanka

Education
1998-00
 Research Fellowship at Bath Spa University College
1980  Industrial Training at Royal Doulton, Stoke on Trent
1979-81  M.A. in Ceramic Design at North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke on Trent
1978  Industrial Ceramics, Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs, Limoges, France 
1976-79  B.A. Hons in 3D Design (Ceramics) at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham

Recent Awards
2012
 Participating on “Crafted’ mentoring scheme with Walpole Luxury Brands
2010  Selected for the European Applied Arts Prize, Mons, Belgium
2008  Shortlisted for Sydney Myer International Ceramic Award, Shepparton, Australia
2002  The Craft Potters’ Charitable Trust bursary for book research
1998  Bursary from Southern Arts Association for Research Fellowship at Bath Spa University College

Selected Recent Exhibitions
2012
  ‘Cast in Form – Slipcasting’ Galerie Handwerk,Munich
‘It’s on the Outside that Matters’ Newport Art Gallery, Wales
2011  ‘Select 2’, Gallery Top, Derbyshire
‘1001 Bowls’ Exhibition, Galerie Marianne Brand, Geneva
International Ceramic Festival, Sasama, Japan
2010  Beaux Arts, Bath
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Porcelain Show, Turnhout Art Academy, Belgium
2009  Select’, Gallery Top, Derbyshire  
2008  ‘Whiteware’, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
‘Celebrate’, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
‘Happy Christmas Clay’ Galerie Puls, Brussels
‘Crafted’ Winchester
2007 Porcelain Exhibition ‘Craft Focus’ Devon Guild, Bovey     Tracey
Avantcraft project - exhibitions in Kilkenny, Ireland, Paris, France, Coimbra, Portugal, Lugo, Spain,
CPA 50th Anniversary show, Bevere Gallery, Worcestershire
Midland Potters show, RBSA, Birmingham
Porcelain Bowl exhibition, St. Joseph’s Gallery, Leeuwarden

Public Collections
Los Angeles Art and Craft Museum,
Yale Centre for British Art Museum, New Haven, CT
Chateau de Vascoeuil, Centre Regional d’Art, Normandy
City Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley, Stoke on Trent
Norwich Castle Museum Teapot Collection
Newport Art Gallery and Museum, Wales
Zagreb City Museum,Croatia
Kellinghusen Museum, Germany
National Ceramic Collection at the Adrien Dubouche Museum, Limoges
National Museum of Scotland ,Edinburgh
Ministere d’Arts Plastiques, Brussels
Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Germany (Adolf Egner’s Collection)
Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Amrti, Valencia, Spain
(Adolf Egner’s Collection)
Diane and Marc Grainer Collection, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam
 
Selected Recent Publications
2012
 Elle Decoration Magazine, April issue
2011  Period Living Magazine, January issue
2010  Slip Decorating Techniques, John Matheson, AC Black
2009  Clay, Light. Water, Margaret O’Rorke, A&C Black

Publications by Sasha Wardell 
Slipcasting, A&C Black – 1997 / 2007 (2nd edition)
Porcelain and Bone China, Crowood Press – 2004

Exhibitions

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