Sue Goldschmidt


I make ceramic installations.  My work is autobiographical, intensely human and intensely private because I believe that only through the truly personal can I hope to strike a universal chord.  The work is a narrative piecing together of fragments of memory filtered through time and experience.

I use unconventional combinations of materials in my work. Layers of tulle, flowers and feathers, nickel chrome wire and liquid porcelain are sculpted together   before firing in a kiln.  Ceramic processes are highly resonant here Ė the transformation of materials in the kiln is used to explore the transformative qualities of experience and emotion.  Fabric and flowers disintegrate during the firing process leaving their trace in porcelain, providing a material metaphor for the absent presence.  The work also moves and distorts, creating a geological wardrobe with fault lines as seams.  Exploring the point at which something falls apart yet just holds together, gives me a working metaphor for the human condition.

I also occasionally make one-off decorative pieces for private clients and teach a course in Sculptural Ceramics at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute.

Education
1978-83
 Beth Rivkah Ladies College, Melbourne Australia
1985-88  University of Manchester, BA (Hons) Language and Literary Studies
2000-01  Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute, pre-foundation course
2001-05  University of Westminster (Harrow) BA (Hons) Ceramics

Awards
2007
  Shortlisted for the Ben Uri International Jewish Artist of The Year Awards

Solo Exhibitions
2010
 Ludlow Assembly Rooms front window installation as part of the "Art In Ludlow" initiative
2008  The Things That Constrain Me Also Set Me Free, 20/21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011
  Artsdepot Open, Apthorp Gallery, London
Brent Salon des Arts, The Gallery at Willesden Green, London
2010  Metropolis Ceramics, artist run group show
Ludlow Summer Exhibition
2009  The London Group Open at The Menier Gallery, London
Ludlow Summer Exhibition: "Ballet Shoes" 
Metropolis Ceramics : artist run group show
2008  At Home With Art 3, artist run group show
Schmatte Couture, Rivington Gallery in conjunction with the Ben Uri Jewish Museum of Art
2007  At Home With Art 2, artist run group show
International Jewish Artist of the Year Awards, Christieís, London
2006  At Home With Art, artist run group show
How Things Fly, Bridewell Gallery, Liverpool
Cupola Contemporary Art 15, Sheffield
Ben Uri Picture Fair, Ben Uri Gallery/Museum, London
2005  New Artists and Innovators, DKNY, London
New Designers, Business Design Centre, London
Degree Show, University of Westminster
Step Closer, ceramics interim show, London Gallery West
2003  Only Connect, North Cloisters, University of London
Function and Colour, University of Westminster

Collections
Ben Uri Jewish Museum of Art
Private Collections

Commissions
2007
 Flower installation for private client at the Park Lane Hotel, London

Press
2011
  Ben Uri Art Diary 2011
2010  Review Gallery, Ceramic Review issue 245
2009  Ben Uri Art Diary
Review Gallery, Ceramic Review issue 236
2007  Review Gallery, Ceramic Review issue 225
International Jewish Artist of The Year Awards

 

Exhibitions

Archive

2012

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