A predominant influence in this work is the landscape, but not a static landscape, instead a landscape in time; where things grow, the land moves, geological deposits are built up and most importantly where humankind has intervened and our repetitive, methodic actions have left lasting visual effects on the environment.
Conversely I am also influenced by man-made environments and constructions that have been eroded or transformed through time by the natural forces of sea, wind, rain, frost or sun.
This work is about places and landscapes I has visited or travelled through, but I want to avoid extraneous descriptive detail in my work, instead things are pared down to express the spirit and essence of place and time.
Work generally available from:
New Ashgate Gallery : Craig Underhill: Maker in Focus
January 14, 2017 to February 25, 2017
All my work is slab built using a lightly grogged body. With larger
pieces initial marks, textures and colours are added before the piece
is assembled. When the clay is soft, textures can be made directly onto
the clay surface with my hands and fingers. I aim to create depth on
the surface of the pieces and do this by applying layers of engobes,
slips and underglaze colours when the clay is leatherhard and then
build up more layers as the clay dries. I combine this with different
methods of mark making directly into the clay surface using a variety
of simple tools, some of these being bits of broken stick, ends of
paintbrushes and my own fingers.
The work is fired to 1140°C and more layers of engobe are applied before oxides and glossy glaze is used to highlight detail.
I make simple forms that normally have a defined back and front; this allows the surface that is my main fascination to be shown off. I tend to work with a series of similar forms and explore ideas through drawing and painting before committing myself to the ceramic pieces.
September 1985 - June 1987
Derbyshire College of H.E. Btec O.N.D in General Art and Design.
September 1987 - July 1989
Harrow College of H.E. Btec H.N.D in Design (Ceramics).
September 1989 - June 1990
Portsmouth Polytechnic. BA Hons in Fine Art (Ceramics) 2:1.
August 1990 - December 1990
University of Eastern Illinois. Graduate Assistantship.
Current Employment (April 1997 - Present)
Dudley College. Lecturer in Ceramics and Curriculum. Area leader for ceramics and sculpture.
June 1997 - May 1998 - Tri National Exhibition. BET 4 Artists, Spirale and Axe Artists Groups. Touring Custard Factory, Birmingham. Lingen, Germany and Vitrey, Paris, France.
March 1999, March 2001 and April 2002 - Mid Art. Himley Hall, Dudley.
July 1999 - Horizons 99. Crystal Glass Centre, Stourbridge, West Midlands.
September 1999 - Joint Exhibition. Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, Shropshire.
November 2000 - 5 Ways in Clay. The Living Gallery, Stourbridge, West Midlands.
November 2000 - Christmas Exhibition. Torquil Gallery, Henley in Arden.
August 2001, August 2003 - Summer Ceramics. Number 9 Gallery, Birmingham.
June 2002 - 'Back to the Beach'. Rufford Craft Gallery, Nottinghamshire.
October 2003 - 'Snared'. Harbourne Gallery, Birmingham
April 2004 - 'Threads'. The Living Galery, Stourbridge.
June 2004, 2006 - 'Earth and Fire'. Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire.
September 2004 - Compliments and Contrasts. Withers Gallery, Norfolk.
September 2004 - Clay 11. Woodbury Gallery, Devon.
May 2005 - Spring Exhibition. Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire.
May 2005, 2006 - Clay Art Wales, North Wales.
August 2005, 2006 - Art in Clay. Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.
April 2006 - One man show, Artmill Gallery, Plymouth.
June 2005 - The Yard Gallery, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
August 2006 - Lines of Enquiry. Gallery Top, Derbyshire.
November 2006 - Bakers Dozen. Roundhouse Gallery, Derbyshire
Feb 07 – Landscapes in time, Lund Gallery, Yorkshire
June 07 – CPA 50 exhibition. Bevere Gallery, Worcestershire.
November 2007 - Individual Voices, Bevere Gallery, Worcester
January 2008 - One man show, Alpha House Gallery, Sherbourne, Dorset
March 2008 - Grafische Keramiek, St. Joseph Gallerie, Nederlands
July 2008 - Painted, Contemporary Ceramics, London
October 2008 - New Ceramics, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
January 2009 - Select, Gallery Top, Derbyshire
February 2009 - Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
August 2009 - New work, SCA Gallery, Shrewsbury
October 2009 - Ceramics in the window, Eton Applied Arts, Windsor
December 2009 - Gifted 09, Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland
April 2010 - Contemporary Ceramics, Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives.
May 2011 - Atlantic Edge, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives.
July 2011 - Summer Exhibition, Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour.
March 2012 - New Collection, Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives
Sept 2012 - In Situ, The Civic Barnsley, and then touring
March 2006 - Arts Council grant to produce and promote a new body of work.
February 2004 - Arts Council Grant for producing promotional material and new work.
November 2003 - 3 large pieces made for the Cielo Restaurant, Birmingham.