Gilda Westermann

Gilda Westermann works in porcelain and has done so for ten years. It is a beautiful material with a long and celebrated history. Gilda is known for the fine craftsmanship of her work and is recognized as one of the UKs leading potters working with porcelain. The pots have a quality of throwing which is fluent, soft and creative.

Gilda is inspired by nature. She compares the forms of the pots with looking at a landscape with a wide angle, seeing simple clear lines and then looking at her shell imprints or surface decoration with a zoom lens. Looking at the crisp detail.

The process of making is one of craftsmanship, the result of 20 years of experience, which offers an ease and a competency which enables a different level of expressing and telling.

Gilda says: What I would wish for my collectors is to offer them pots which they can enjoy, treasure and celebrate. Pots which are always present as good friends, incarnations of beauty and harmony or simply something which makes you feel good.

Born  1963 Germany

  Harrow School of Design and Media, University of Westminster, BA ( Hons) Workshop Ceramics

Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Scholarship, 1991
Crafts Council Setting Up Grant, 1996
Awards for Artists, South West Arts, 2003
Grants for the Arts, Arts Council of England Craft, 2004

Recent Exhibitions
 Atmospheric Perspectives, Broughton Gallery, Broughton, Scotland
Launch Exhibition, Fire, Form and Function, Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
Table Manners, Craft Council Gallery, London
2005  Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
New Work, The Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire
2004  Art in Essence, School of Economic Science, London
The Contemporary Craft Fair, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
Bloomers, Contemporary Ceramics, London
In the Window, Ceramics in Society, The Pottery Shop, Exeter
mixed exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
2002  Art in Action, Waterperry Gardens, near Wheatley, Oxford
2003  Finely Fired, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
Einfach Keramik, Wohnen und Kunst, Hamburg, Germany
2002  Galerie Workshop, Berlin, Germany
Totally Teabowls, The Oakwood Gallery, Edwingstowe, Nottingham and London
Christmas Showcase
Nottingham Castle Museum Shop
2001  Chelsea Crafts Fair, Chelsea Town Hall,
Simple & Pure', Contemporary Ceramics,
'Surfacing', Crafts Council Gallery Shop,
2000  Fired with Imagination, Touring Exhibition curated by The British Council
Centro Brasileiro Britanico, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Espacao Cultural dos Correis, Rio, Brazil
Centro de Exposicao do Correio, Salvador
Art in Action, Waterperry House, near Oxford
Capital Makers, On Line Gallery, Southampton
Minimalist Objects, Derek Topp Gallery
Ceramics Contemporaries 3, Royal College of Art
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
The Ormeau Gallery, Belfast
The City Gallery, Edinburgh

Public Collections
British Council Collection





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