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Contact Details

Studio: The Studio, Shirley Road, Histon, Cambridgeshire, England, CB24 9JR. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 563172
Mobile: 07788538916
Email:
Web-site: www.clarecrouchman.com
Availability: Visitors welcome; please phone for appointment


Last Updated: 2014-03-15

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

In my work I draw upon the intricate shapes and textures in the landscape for inspiration. I also reference cities, labyrinths, mathematical patterns and trees.

My appreciation of nature is in the intricate detail and this close study has led me to look at different ways of interpreting the world around me. I have been researching how the worlds of art, science and spirituality converge.

Contemporary physics has redefined how we understand the world. The ‘implicate order’ as proposed by the physicist David Bohm states that all things have an underlying ‘interconnectedness’. This theory resonates with the way that I instinctively see and feel the world around me to exist. I have always been intrigued by rhythmical and repetitive patterns that repeat themselves naturally on both a large and small scale. This fascination connects with Bohm’s view and is in line with other quantum theories that each small piece may contain a microcosm of the whole. This further suggests that nature is an orderly process in the 'chaos' of the world.

Working intuitively, I sense the underlying connections and systems that reflect notions in quantum physics and the idea of unity. The resulting patterns or rhythms of lines are interrelating but there is not necessarily a sequence of events, more an underlying network of integration.

My choice of materials and working methods are crucial to the desired outcomes. Ceramic materials go through a series of transformational processes, paralleling those of the natural world, which bring a strong physical dimension to my work.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Cambridge Open Studios : Cambridge Open Studios
July 05, 2014 to July 27, 2014

Geffrye Museum, The : Ceramics in the City 2014
September 18, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Current Work

Current Work

Work generally available from:
- Studio showroom
- Gallery at Bevere, Bevere Lane, Worcester - Work available online
- Walford Mill Crafts – Dorset www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk
- Gallery Top, Matlock, Derbyshire - www.gallerytop.co.uk
- The Cider Press Centre, The Craft Gallery, Dartington, Devon www.dartington.org
- Corman Arts, 24 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5DA http://www.cormanarts.com 
- Jam Eton – Windsor www.jam-eton.co.uk/
- Junction Art Gallery - Oxon www.junctionartgallery.co.uk

Other Information:
I am happy to undertake commissions for both private and corporate clients.

 

Technical Information

Technical Information

My work is made with different stoneware clays and porcelain. Prepared clay bodies are inlayed into one another, with lines and marks etched into the surface. Oxides and glazes are applied sparingly to preserve the stone-like quality of the clay. The work is once fired to 1265°C in an electric kiln.

History

History

2005-8 MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge with Nick Devison
1996 MA Ceramics at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff with Geoff Swindell
1992-4 Lived in Japan and studied traditional Japanese ceramics with Japanese potter Masanobu Izumihara
1985 BA (Hons) History and Art, Reading University

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2013
'New Ashgate Gallery', Farnham
‘Ceramic Art London’, Royal College of Art, London
‘The Contemporary Craft Fair’, Bovey Tracey, Devon
'Earth and Fire', Rufford Country Park, Nottingham
'Brighton Art Fair', Brighton
'Junction Gallery', Woodstock
'Jam Eton', Windsor
'Gallery Top', Derbyshire
2012
‘Ceramic Art London’, Royal College of Art, London
‘The Contemporary Craft Fair’, Bovey Tracey, Devon
'The First Santorini Biennale Of Arts', Santorini, Greece
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
2011
‘Contemporary Craft’, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
‘The Contemporary Craft Fair’, Bovey Tracey, Devon
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
2010
‘Origin’, Spitalfields Market, London
‘New Work’, Kaetsu Centre, Cambridge
‘Hampton Court Flower Show’, Show Garden, London
‘Brighton Art Fair’, Brighton
2009
‘Between the Lines’, Kaetsu Centre, Cambridge
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
‘Brighton Art Fair’, Brighton
2008
‘UK-Japan 2008’, Touring Exhibition, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Tokyo, Japan
‘Showcase Exhibition’,Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
‘Brighton Art Fair’, Brighton
2007
‘Difference and Diversity in Clay’, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
‘Winter Exhibition’, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
2006 
‘Ceramic Art London’, Royal College of Art, London
‘Brighton Art Fair’, Brighton
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
2005 
‘British Ceramics’, Seoul Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
‘Clay 12’, Woodbury Studio Gallery, Devon
‘The New Domestic’, Gallery Top, Derbyshire
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
2004 
‘Rhythm and Disorder’, Solo Show, St David’s Hall, Cardiff
‘Configuration’, Galley 96, Solo Show, Cambridge
‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
‘Sculpture +’, Gallery Kaleidoscope, London
2003 
‘Contemporary Sculpture’, The Sheridan Russell Gallery, London
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
2001 
‘Warehouse Artists Show’, The Assembly Rooms, Norwich
1999 
‘Mixed Show’, Lynne Stover Gallery, Cambridge
‘Summer Show’, Elm Hill Contemporary Art, Norwich
1997 
‘Group Exhibition’, Hachi Maru Nana Gallery, Hakodate, Japan
1993-7 
Eight ceramics festivals in Japan including Kasama, Aizu and Mashiko

Collections

Collections

Work included in Hertfordshire County Council Fine Art Collection and private collections worldwide

Commissions

Commissions

2012 'Doorway Series' - Eight large panels for an Interior Design Company in Surrey
2010 'Hampton Court Flower Show' - An installation in a show garden later relocated to Emaus, Cambridge
2009 'Relativity Project' - Sixteen large ceramic panels installed in the Elevation Halls of the Tower Condominium in Chiba, Japan
2009 'In the Woods With Music' - Six ceramic panels for an industrial machine company in Kanazawa, Japan
2008 'Field Series' - Twenty ceramic panels for a Chalet in Switzerland

Many private commissions large and small

Publications

Publications

2011 ‘Resurgence Magazine’ – Sept-Oct Issue
2011 'A Passion for Pattern', Ceramic Review (Jan/Feb)

Work Styles

Work Styles

Wall Panels, Plaques
Sculptural