Stephen Dixon

Stephen Dixon combines his studio ceramic output with public and community projects; in 2000 he received an Arts Council ‘Year of the Artist’ award for a collaborative project with Amnesty International and Kosovan refugees. More recently, he created ‘Monopoly’, a four-metre long battleship sculpture made of 30,000 hand-made bone china flowers for the 2009 British Ceramic Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent.


  • 1957


  • 1983-86 MA Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London
  • 1976-80 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne


  • 2018 British Council Crafting Futures programme award, Thailand, Prae Wa Silk project, 1 year
  • 2017-18 British Council Crafting Futures programme award, Thailand, Tai Lue Weavers project, 2 years
  • 2017 ‘Refuge: Ropner’s Ghost Ship’, Arts and Heritage public art commission, Arts Council England
  • 2017 Passchendaele exhibition commission, National Memorial Arboretum
  • 2016 AHRC Community Engagement award for ‘Refugee Tales'
  • 2016 Re-Imagine India award for ‘HeartBeat’, Arts Council England
  • 2015 AHRC Community Engagement award for ‘The Lost Boys’
  • 2014 AHRC Collaborative Doctorate award
  • 2014 Grants for the Arts for ‘Resonance’, Arts Council England
  • 2013 Explore Residency award, British Ceramics Biennial
  • 2009 Ceramics Studio Research Residency award, V&A Museum
  • 2009 Guerrilla Ceramics award, British Ceramics Biennial
  • 2008 Overseas Travel award, Arts Council North West
  • 2008 Overseas Exhibition grant, British Council
  • 2005 AHRC Research grant, Beyond the Seas project
  • 2004 Exhibition award, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • 2004 Project Development grant, Arts Council North West
  • 2003 Business Development grant, Japan, Crafts Council
  • 2000 Year of the Artist residency, Arts Council England

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018 Heart:Beat, Touchstones, Rochdale
  • 2017 Passchendaele: Mud and Memory, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, and touring
  • 2017 Refuge: Ropner’s Ghost Ship, Preston Park Museum, Teesside
  • 2017 Refugee Tales, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2017 Heart:Beat, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2017 Variations on a Theme: Teapots from RAM’s Collection, Racine Art Museum, USA
  • 2016 The Lost Boys: Remembering the Boy Soldiers of the First World War, MMU Special Collections Gallery, Manchester
  • 2016 EXPOSED: Heads, Busts and Nudes, Ferrin Contemporary, Cummington, USA
  • 2015 Resonance, Staffordshire Museums, and touring
  • 2015 Resonate installation, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2015 RE - reanimate, repair, meld and mend, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
  • 2014 Fragments and Narratives, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield
  • 2014 Sculptural Forms: A Century of Experiment, Manchester Art Gallery
  • 2014 Hidden Agenda: Socially Conscious Craft, Crafts Council touring exhibition
  • 2014 Magic Mud: Masterworks in Clay, Racine Arts Museum, USA
  • 2014 Re-Collection, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
  • 2013 Restoration Series, V&A, London
  • 2013 Friendship Forged in Fire: British Ceramics in America, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, USA
  • 2013 Cotton Exchange, Rajnagar Textile Mill, Ahmedabad, India
  • 2013 Print and Clay, ANCA Gallery, Canberra, Australia
  • 2013 Top 10 at 10: Favourites from RAM’s Collection, Racine Arts Museum, USA
  • 2013 Subversive Design, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • 2012 Ceramics and Print in International Contemporary Ceramics, Ann Linnemann Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2012 Allowed Voices, New Schoolhouse Gallery, York
  • 2011 BCB Award exhibition, Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2011 Memoranda, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
  • 2011 R & R, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2011 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2010 Fired Up: Ceramics and Meaning, Gallery Oldham, Manchester
  • 2010 Fall Out: War and Conflict in the British Council Collection, Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • 2010 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2009 Travellers’ Tales, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2009 Ahmedabad International Arts Festival, India
  • 2009 BCB Award exhibition, Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2009 Allegory, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
  • 2008 Embedded Narratives, The Loft, Mumbai, India
  • 2008 Permanently MAD, The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
  • 2008 Brit by Brit, Robert Morris University Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA

Selected Publications

  • 2018 Heart:Beat, S. Dixon
  • 2014 Fragments and Narratives: reflections on a residency at the V&A, S. Dixon, Ceramics in the Expanded Field online publication
  • 2013 Ceramics and Print, P. Scott, A&C Black
  • 2011 Memoranda, T. Peters and J. West, Luminous Books
  • 2010 Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection, A. Carlano, Yale University Press
  • 2010 Masters: Earthenware, R. Hemachandra & M. Ostermann, Lark Books
  • 2008 Confrontational Ceramics: the Artist as Social Critic’ Schwartz, J.S., A&C Black
  • 2007 Studio Pottery in Britain, 1900-2005, J. Jones, A&C Black
  • 2006 The Ceramic Narrative, M. Ostermann, A&C Black
  • 2006 Ceramique Contemporaine: Biennale Internationale Vallauris 2006, Y. Peltier, Somogy editions d’art
  • 2005 Stephen Dixon, The Sleep of Reason, L. Mitchell, Manchester Art Gallery
  • 2004 500 Figures in Clay, V.A. Gunter, Lark Books
  • 2002 Ceramic Figures, M. Flynn, A&C Black
  • 2002 British Studio Ceramics, P. Rice, The Crowood Press
  • 2002 Ceramics and Print, P. Scott, A&C Black


  • Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
  • International Museum of Slavery, Liverpool
  • Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
  • Crafts Council, UK
  • American Museum of Ceramic Arts, Pomona, California, USA
  • Aberystwyth Ceramic Collection and Archive
  • V&A Museum, London
  • San Francisco Museums of Fine Arts, USA
  • Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
  • Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • British Council, London

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