Felicity Aylieff

Given the opportunity to work on a large scale in Jingdezhen, the renowned ‘city of porcelain’ in China, Felicity Aylieff adopted two ways of working, drawing being the most important aspect of each method. The first centred on hand-drawn, detailed patterns which covered the surface of her huge fencai vessels. The second was a freer, more expressive and intuitive use of brushed-cobalt painting on blue and white pots. These approaches link her to ceramic traditions in both China and Europe.


  • 1954


  • 1993-93 MPhil Postgraduate Research: Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London
  • 1978-79 Postgraduate Art Teacher's Certificate, Goldsmiths College, London
  • 1972-78 BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Bath Academy of Art


  • 2008 Major award for ‘Felicity Aylieff, Out of China’ exhibition and book publication, Arts Council England
  • 2007 Research award, development work for China exhibition, Royal College of Art
  • 2006 Feasibility study for touring exhibition of works produced in China, Arts Council England
  • 2005-06 Project funding for 'White Gold' symposium, Diawa Foundation
  • 2005 Learning & Teaching award for 'White Gold' symposium, Royal College of Art
  • 2003 Research award, development work for exhibition, Royal College of Art
  • 2002 Exhibition award, Sense & Perception, Arts Council of England, Manchester City Council, Manchester Metropolitan University, RCA Research Fund
  • 2001 Exploring 3D Modelling Software in the Production of Ceramic Artworks, AHRB Award

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2013 The New Blue and White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
  • 2013 Modern Makers, Sotheby’s for Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
  • 2012 China’s White Gold, Contemporary Porcelain from Jingdezhen, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • 2012 An Affair with Scale: monumental ceramics by Felicity Aylieff, Holburne Museum, Bath
  • 2011 Ningbo Museum, China
  • 2011 Contemporary Craft comes to No.10, Prime Minister’s residence, London
  • 2011 Porcelain City, Chinese rooms, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • 2011 Out of Delft (solo), Galerie Terra Delft, part of festival Brandpunt Terra, Netherlands
  • 2010 Drawing through Objects, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2009 Malerei auf Keramik, Handwerkskammer fur München und Oberbayern, Germany
  • 2008 Cup, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2008 Solo exhibition, Quest Gallery, Bath
  • 2008-09 Out of China, Monumental Porcelain by Felicity Aylieff, touring: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; The Barn Gallery, West Dean; Lightbox Gallery, Woking
  • 2007 & 08 Collect, with Adrian Sassoon, V&A Museum, London
  • 2007 The Pot, the Vessel, the Object, touring
  • 2007 Hue, Line and Form, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2007 Solo exhibition, Carlin Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2002-03 Sense & Perception (solo), Manchester City Art Gallery, touring: Blackwell House, Cumbria; Bath City Art Gallery
  • 2002 Felicity Aylieff (solo), Canary Wharf, London


  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts, USA
  • Museum of Wales, Cardiff
  • Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany
  • Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth House
  • Lotte Reimers-Stiftung, Deidesheim, Germany
  • Collection Petra Verberne, Venray, Netherlands
  • Museum für angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Germany
  • Contemporary Art Society, London
  • Crafts Council, London
  • Icheon World Ceramic Centre, South Korea

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