Jo Davies


"My work is a bringing together of contrasts – wet and dry, wriggling and still, sharp edges and blunt forms. Each design is made up of two parts: the wriggling, moving part and the base. The bases of each design are still and squeeze and constrict their more decorative, sometimes bodily-ambiguous, counterparts.  Each design is the product of an evolution of my visual language, developed over several years. The bringing together of the plain circle or oval with the femininely sensual is a device used to show the qualities of each, and to create a tension between them. I am appropriating architectural, decorative forms and using them to create objects that have a light hearted sensuality, that move away from the formal rigidity of architecture, and into irregularity.  

Many of the designs have female names.  I want to highlight an alignment with certain personality qualities that various names bring to mind – Barbara, Imelda, Vivien……

There is also a humour to this way of titling, an element of the ridiculous, but also an element of sophistication. My work emulates this coupling of humour with sophistication and tries to exist where these two meet, creating an elegant style that sometimes teeters on the edge of vulgarity. The exploration of clay is probably the most important aspect of this work.  As I see it, an object I have made is best when it crystallises the liquidity of clay in the final ceramic.  The glazes I use are chosen because they enhance this sense of water and flow.  This work is not an allegory and does not have a scripted narrative; it is instead the result of an intuitive enquiry into clay, using a visual language that is gradually unfolding with each piece made." 

Education 
2005-07
 Royal College of Art, Ceramics and Glass MA                                         1999-02  Bath School of Art and Design
3D Design: Ceramics BA (HONS)                       

Awards
2009
 Nominated for a Homes and Gardens Classic Design Award
2005-07  The Reid Trust for the Higher Education of Women. Awarded scholarship for two consecutive years whilst at the Royal College of Art
2005  Throckmorton Trotman Educational Fun – Trotman Senior Award 2005 awarded by the Haberdashers’ Company.

Exhibitions
2012  
Contemporary Applied Arts, ‘Gifted’, London
Gallery Top, Matlock, Derbyshire
Creative Clerkenwell Pop-Up Shop, London
Playing:House, Craft Central Showcase
Made London, One Marylebone
Ceramics in the City, The Geffrye Museum
Merchant Archive, London
Terralha, St. Quentin La Poterie, France
Pulse, Earls Court
Clerkenwell Design Week, selected by Creative Clerkenwell
Made in Clerkenwell, Craft Central, selected for Showcase
The Bevere Gallery
2011  Vitra Showroom, ‘Christmas Market’
Somerset House, Designers & Makers Shop
The Devon Guild, ‘Make’
Made In Clerkenwell, Craft Central Corner Shop
Contemporary Applied Arts, from July 2011
Hereford Courtyard, 'Talking in Clay'
Aberystwyth University, 'Out of Bath'
International Ceramics Festival, 1-3 July 2011
Harley Gallery, Curated Shop Project: Revolution by Hannah Obee, May-June, Clerkenwell Design Week , 'Creative Clerkenwell'
Interiors UAE, Abu Dhabi, May 2011
Bath School of Art & Design,  'Out of Bath'
2010  The Devon Guild, 'Made'
‘Crafting Together’ Showcase at Craft Central
William Morris Gallery, 'Inspired by Morris'
Ad Hoc Galleri, Stavanger, Norway
Hackney Wicked Festival
Open Studio, The Chocolate Factory, Stoke Newington
Montagues Gallery, Kings Langley
Pulse 2010, Earls Court
Craft London at Craft Central
Wolf and Badger
Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton
2009  School House Gallery, ‘Vessel’
Black Swan Arts, ’White'
Made in Clerkenwell, Craft Central
Orleans House Gallery  ‘By Design’
Origin 2009 at Somerset House
Lambeth WideOpen
Clay at Handmade Interiors, London Design Festival
Homes and Interiors Scotland, Editor’s Choice Attraction
Hackney Wicked Festival
Kioskiosk, hosted by The Design Museum and Hemingway Design
Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyns School
Portsmouth University, AA2A 10th Anniversary Exhibition
SDC Gallery,Rivington St, ’Melody’
Bouf.com, work featured from January 09
2008  Whirled Arts Open Studios, London.
For Arts Sake: The Printmakers’ Gallery, London.
Handmade Interiors, London.
Tent London, Brick Lane. ‘HandWerk’ (Sep 2008)
Hereford Art Week 08 at Pullastone, Herefordshire
SDC Gallery, Rivington Street, London. ‘Spring Collection 08’, by invitation.
Floren Gallery, Poole, Dorset (from March 2008)
Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire (from February 2008), selected.
Royal Birmingham Society for Artists.‘Whispers’(Mar-May 2008), by invitation.
2007  City Art Gallery, Leicester. ‘Gift Theory’
Handmade in Britain, Chelsea Town Hall
The Great Exhibition 2007, Royal College of Art
Byard Art, Cambridge. ‘Summer Show’
Ceramic Art London  ‘Student Show' at RCA
2006  Royal College of Art, London. ‘In Site'.
Ceramic Art London  ‘Student Show' at RCA
2005  Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth. Solo Show
2004  Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh ‘Pink’
The Lotus Gallery, Bath
Bath Fringe Festival

 

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