Heidi Parsons


I am a ceramic print artist making decorative objects that celebrate everyday encounters and commemorate moments in time. I aim to capture the ephemeral and fleeting and I use print and photography as a vehicle to create these narratives in my ceramic objects. The print and glaze are manipulated and overlaid in the making process to create rich surfaces that are integrated into the forms. I am isolating and embedding views, elevating the everyday, creating stories and spaces in my objects.

As my current practice is a response to place I start with visits to an area, documenting detail and landscape to build up a library of material to use to describe my own experience. I then incorporate this unique visual language into a ceramic screen print which becomes ‘framed’ in an object. The references to form come from both the source material which I have collected and a continued interest in architectural details and enframements, such as ornamental cartouches.

My method of screen printing directly onto wet clay gives a unique life to the print, as the image continues to change and stretch as the object is formed. The screen printed surface stretches and cracks to reveal the clay body beneath it, fragmenting the image and creating a highly intricate printed surface. I also print into clay with textiles which can be seen in the piece Stretch. Once the pieces are fired I then enhance areas of the images with layers of glazes applied and the rubbed back to sit into the clay surfaces.

Born  1974, London

Education
2007
  MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art
2001  BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Bath Spa
University College
2004  Certificate in Education, Croydon College
1996  Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Richmond
Upon Thames College

Awards
2007
  Setting Out Travel Bursary

Residencies
2001/2
 Ceramicist in Residence, Cranleigh Arts Centre,
Surrey, England
2007  Network 2007 Symposium, Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark
2009  British Ceramics Biennial, Artists Into Industry
Residency, Stoke-On-Trent

Selected Exhibitions
2011
  Alumni Show, Bath Spa University College
Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
“Portrait in the Making”, Pitzhanger Manor, London
Talking in Clay, Hereford Courtyard
2010  Inspired by Morris, William Morris Gallery, London
Hothouse, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
Green Christmas, Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds
2009  BCB Showcase, Wedgwood Museum, Stoke on Trent
‘Cameos: Reminders’ Roslyn Works, Stoke-On Trent
‘CLAY’ Handmade Interiors, Cheshire Street, London
Open Ceramics, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham             
Amsterdam Network Show, Meneer de Witt Gallery, Amsterdam          
2008  Whirled Art Open Studios, 259-260 Hardess Street, London
Falalalalaaa’ Heard Design Gallery, London, SW4 
Handwerk’, Tent London, Truman Brewery, London
‘Through the Lens’ Royal West of England Academy Open Photography Exhibition
Network Europe 2007/2008, Danmarks Keramikmuseum, Middlefart, Denmark,
‘Setting Out 2008’ Contemporary Ceramics, 2008, London, touring to Brewery Arts, Cirencester,
‘Inspire’ Crafts Council Showcase at the Cookbook Café, Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London
2007  ‘Network Europe 2007’, International Ceramic Research Centre, Guldagergaard, Denmark,
RCA Recent Graduates Show, The Atrium, Bank of America, Canada Square, London
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea with Edgar Modern International Gallery
‘Surfacing 2007’, Group show focusing on the manipulation of surface and imagery.
‘FreeHand’, London Design Festival, Mint, London
‘Organic’ Summer Group Exhibition, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
‘In Site, One London Wall, Moorgate, London
‘Ceramic Art London’, Royal College of Art, London
‘New Designers’, Business Design Centre

Press & Publications
2011
  Ceramics Handbook, by Louisa Taylor
2009  Ceramic Review, British Ceramics Biennial review by Alun Graves
2009  Ceramic Review, ‘Endless Possibilities’ review Artists Into Industry Forum, Wedgwood  Museum    
2008  500 Plates and Chargers, Innovative Expressions of Function & Style, Lark Books, 2008
2007  ‘We are amused’ Evening Standard, Homes and Property
‘Designs on Your Future’ Metro Newspaper, Metro Home
Time Out, Graduate Feature Elle Decoration, Italian Edition, Grazia Casa, Italian Edition

 

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