Kyra Cane


The pots that I make explore simple formats, working in series to gradually extend the boundaries of the ceramic structures that are my current obsession; making subtle changes until the pieces develop a voice which has a resonance that interests and excites me.

Pieces are thrown on a wheel, an intense, physical process that demands immediate responses to material and form; surfaces react to the slightest touch, traces of hand and tools remain, the indents and hollows created by fingers and fists interrupt and contradict symmetry.

Bold, ostensibly black marks, wrap themselves around the porcelain forms, describing and defining spaces; brush marks fade and blur, inky opaque bands change to pale fresh air blues. There are remnants in these vessels of the vast landscapes which have always been my inspiration.

Born  1962 Nottinghamshire

Education
1985–86
  Goldsmiths College, Art Teachers Certificate
1982-85  Camberwell School of Art, B.A. (Hons.) 1st Class, Ceramics.
1981-82  West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education.

Awards
2010
  Major Arts Council award
2005  Arts Council award
2000  Residency at Rufford Ceramic Centre
1997  Major Development award, East Midland Arts
1993  East Midland Arts equipment grant
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
2008
  Harley Gallery – Landscape, Drawings and Ceramics
2002  White Gallery , Brighton 
2001  Hart Gallery, London
1999  Bettles Gallery, Hampshire
1995  Galerie L’ Hamburg, Germany
1995  Hart Gallery, London
1994  ‘Pour When Inclined’ Canvas Gallery, Tower Bridge, London
The Road  Mender, Northampton
1993  ‘Pots and Paintings’, Kirkbride Gallery, Traquair, Scotland
1990  Montpellier Gallery, Cheltenham
1989  ‘New Work’ Sue Williams Gallery, Portobello Road, London
1987  ‘Pots and Paintings’, Field Gallery, Nottingham
1985  ‘Pots and Paintings’, Midland Group, Nottingham

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011
  Ruthin Gallery - Elemental
2009  Ceramic Art London
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, Notts.
MACBA Barcelona (Museum of Contemporary Art)
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 Gallery, Broadway Modern,     Gloucestershire        
Wessex Fine Arts and Ceramics, Dorset - joint show
with Chris Keenan
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

Commissions
2005
  Large vessels for P&O cruise liner (ARCADIA)
1995  Presentation piece for Queen Elizabeth II on the
opening of the Queens Building at University of Westminster 

Exhibitions

Archive

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