I am interested in movement in relation to natural change, as seen in changed states of matter - decay, disintegration, relocation and reformation - in particular the role ‘water’ plays in this action. In order to discover more about this in my work I find myself exploring the certainty of change, working through ideas of containment, from the conventional form of the vessel, to consideration of the Earth and also our own bodies as vessels.
In order to extend and capture a sense of change in my work I use materials indigenous to inspirational sites, recycling them and re-subjecting them to physical energies and heat. I call on all of my practised techniques, for instance the building and cutting of clay stacks; the taking of surface impressions to create the 'skin' and memory of a place; and the encapsulation of fired clay.
The intention in my work is always to capture a moment in the process of change; to reflect both the physical and spiritual quality of 'place‘; and to suggest equal importance in both the inside and the outside of all my forms.
I was selected to be part of the Contemporary Craft Fellowship scheme 2008/9. My Fellowship proposal was to focus on chaotic and unpredictable geological phenomena and broaden my working practice. I wanted to increase the scale of my work and also where it was shown - from temporary exhibition to permanent setting. I have been influenced by the China Clay industries for over 10 years, and on this occasion was given access to Par Buell Driers at Par Docks, Cornwall, that are currently in the process of being decommissioned in favour of a proposed eco-town. I wanted to record its demise through photography, drawing and text. Ultimately to approach the developers of the site with ideas which could be incorporated into the new development. There are no images to view at present.
Jenny is Currently (2016) working on a Clay Town Project – Whitegold St. Austell.
Eden Project : Pit to Paradise - Eden project
March 31, 2016 to September 30, 2016
Work generally available from:
- The Mariners, St. Ives Society of Artists, Norway Square, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1NA
- Mid Cornwall Gallery, St Blazey, Cornwall
- Cornwall Crafts, Trelissick Gallery, Trelissick Gardens, Feock, Truro, Cornwall
- Cornwall Crafts, Trelowarren, Mawgan in Meneage, Helston, Cornwall
- "45 Southside", 45 Southside Street, Plymouth Barbican, Devon PL1 2LD
- Alverton Gallery, 5 Alverton St. Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2QW
- Oriel-Y-Felin Gallery, 15 Ffordd-Y-Felin, Trefin, Haverfordwest, Pembrookshire, SA62 5AX, Tel. no. 01348 837500 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oriel-y-felin.com
- Penwith Gallery, Penwith Society of Artists, Back Road West. TR26 1NL
- Circle Contemporary, Hawkesfield, Atlantic Highway A39, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7LR. Info@circlecontemporary.co.uk 01208 816 899
1969 - Foundation Course, Gloucestershire College of Art.
1970-73 - BA in Ceramics, Manchester Polytechnic, Faculty of Art & Design.
1986 - Certificate in Education, Cornwall College.
1977 - Crafts Council Selected Index.
1990 - International Academy of Ceramics.
2000-04 - External examiner BA Hons. Ceramics, University of Westminster.
1974-77 - Barnsley School of Art (part-time).
1977-82 - Swarthmore Education Centre, Leeds (part-time).
1979-82 - Percival Whitley College of Education, Halifax, (part-time).
1982-83 - Huddersfield Technical College, (part-time).
1983-01 - Falmouth School of Art and Design. Lecturer,F/T & P/T.
Visiting Lecturer/Residencies and Workshops
1979/1980 - Bolton College of Art.
1980 - Manchester Polytechnic.
1981 - Cumbria College of Art and Design. (Artist in Residence).
1982 - Westfield School. (Artist in Residence).
1990 - Eggbuckland School, Plymouth. (Artist in Residence).
1992 - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.
1994 - Devonport High School for Boys (Craftsperson in Residence).
1996 - University of Westminster.
1997 - Art Advisers' Conference, St.Ives, Cornwall.
1997 - Weekend workshop for secondary school teachers. Staffordshire County Council, INSET initiative, Uttoxeter.
2002 - Dartmouth Community College, Devon. (Artist in Residence).
2003 - Uffculme School, Devon. (Artist in Residence).
2004 - Penrice Community School, Whitemoor Primary School, St Ives community School - ‘Sense of Place' project work with schools on the River Camel
2004 - Penrice Community School,….……Penair Community School and Biscovey Junior School – Projects: Sense of Place, Feats of Clay, Tidelines, White Pyramid.
2004 - Drumcroon, Wigan Educational Art Centre ‘Summer School for gifted and talented children’.
2005 - ‘Year of the Sea’ a collaborative project for gifted and talented children at Rainhill High school with Wirral, Liverpool and St. Helens LEA in conjunction with Art teachers Conference, Tate Liverpool.
2008 - 'In Transition' 1 weeks residency at Liskeard Community School, Cornwall
2011 Crafts Council ‘Firing Up’ at Liskeard Community School, Cornwall.
2011 Eden Project for ‘Tiles for Eden Café’ involving the people of St. Austell.
2011-12 ‘Feats of Clay’ Liskeard community School, Cornwall, Crafts Council initiative for the Olympics.
2012 Art Teachers Conference, Heartlands, Redruth, Cornwall.
2013 Marking the Line – Ceramics and Architecture Art in Architecture, Port Eliot, Cornwall
2015 ‘Pit to Paradise’ tile-making workshop, Eden Project.
Ceramics Monthly. Vol 37 No.7. September 1989. pages 30-31. "Unusual and Utilitarian."
FLIGHT, Graham. "Ceramics manual" Collins 1990. Illustrations of a number of pieces
BRAMAH, Edward. "Novelty Teapots" Quiller 1992.
Ceramics Art & Perception International. issue 10, 1992. pages 43-45 "Landmarks".
Artists' Newsletter. Front cover January 1993.
Crafts Magazine. January/February 1993 page 11.
Popular Crafts. June 1993. pages 50-51 Profile "Form and Function".
Ceramic Review. No.143. page 54. "A Potter's Day".
Whyman, Caroline. "Complete potter: Porcelain" Batsford 1994. pages 32,96,97.
Ceramic Review. No.152, March/April 1995, p.47. "International Academy of Ceramics, General Assembly, Prague".
Keramik Magazin Sept/Oct 1996, p18.
Ceramic Review. No.164, March/April 1997, pps 16-17. "International Academy of Ceramics General Assembly September 1997, Japan."
Ceramics Art & Perception International. issue 32, 1998. pages 74-77 "Inside/Outside".
Ceramic Review. No.175, Nov/Dec 1998, page 43. Review by Fenella Mallalieu.
NO, (Nouvel Objet), Magazine, Korea. March 1999. Featured ceramic artist.
Neue Keramik. May/June '99. p.531"Jenny Beavan: Formen aus der Geologie", by Gustav Weiss.
Ceramik Review. No.179, Sept/Oct 1999, pages 24-27. "Digging Deep"
De Waal, Edmund. "Design sourcebook:Ceramics" New Holland 1999. page 64.
(a-n) For Artists. "Plate movement". Page 46.
Ceramics Technical No 13 2001 page 103. Painting with Smoke - David Roberts by Lynne Green, a review by Jenny Beavan
Ceramic Review No. 199 Jan/Feb 2003 pages 3,36,37,38,39 'In Transition'.
Contemporary Studio Ceramics by Peter Lane. A&C Black 2003.
The Ceramic Surface by Matthias Ostermann. A&C Black 2003 page 178.
Porcelain and Bone China by Sasha Wardell, The Crowood Press 2004
Ceramics Monthly Upfront - Elemental Insight Oct 2004 Page 14
Neuve Keramik ‘Bewegung als Metapher’ by Dr H G Maenning, Jan/Feb 2006 pages26-28.
Ceramics Art &Perception ‘Whitegold’ by Penny Smith no. 64 2006 pages 80-86.
Colouring Clay by Jo Connell A&C Black 2007.
Ceramics Art&Perception ‘Explorations in Material and Clay’ by Imogen Racz no. 68 pages 16-19.
'Contemporary Crafts' by Imogen Racz Berg 2009 pps. 51, 60-63, 71, 74, 130, 140.
'Contemporay Ceramics' by Emmanuel Cooper, Thames & Hudson 2009. pages 133, 140.
CHRISTIAN, Andy ‘Granite an Sea’, Ceramic Review, no. 261 May/June 2013 pages 48-51.
STANTON, Kate ‘Additions to Clay’ A&C Black.
URBANO GUTIERREZ, Rosa ‘Iluminating through Ceramics’ Liverpool School of Architectural.
BIRD, Joanna, Marking the Line – Ceramics and Architecture
Bankfield Museum Halifax
Hampshire Museum. Winchester.
Crafts Alliance, St.Louis, U.S.A.
Inax Corporation Collection, Tokoname, Japan.
Devon County Education Resources.
Badisches Landesmuseum, Schloss, Karlsruhe, Germany
Bramah Tea & Coffee Museum, Butlers Wharf, London.
Musee International de la Ceramique d'Art de Vallauris, Chateau- Musee de Vallauris, Vallauris, France.
Porvoo Museum, Finland.
Saga Prefectural Museum, Kyushu, Japan.
Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Waterloo, Ontario.
Arts & Crafts Museum, Berlin.
Takeo City Ceramics Collection, Kyushu, Japan.
Ichon World Ceramic Centre, Kyonggi Province, Korea.
Hertfordshire Education Resources
IMERYS Minerals Ltd. St Austell
Kellinghusen Museum, nr. Hamburg Germany.
The Met Office, Exeter
Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
China Clay Country Park, Carthew, St. Austell, Cornwall.
The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia.
Sevres Museum, Paris.
Fule International Art Museums Fuping, Shaanxi, China.
The Hepworth, Wakefield
Grassi Museum fur Angewandle Kunst, Leipsig, Germany
1977 - "Presentation Pieces" Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
1980 - "Made in Yorkshire". Temple Newsham. Leeds.
1988 - "Espace Ceramique d'Art", Platform. Beirut, Lebanon.
1989 - "The Unique, the Unusual, the Utilitarian" Craft Alliance. St.Louis, USA.
1991 - "Europaisches Kunsthandwerk " Stuttgart, Germany.
1992 - Galerie Charlotte Hennig/Museum im Andreasstift. Worms, Germany.
1992 - The Open Eye Gallery. Edinburgh.
1992 - X111eme Biennale Internationale de Ceramique D'Art. Vallauris, France. Winner of la Prix de L'Association Vallaurienne D'Organisations Culturelles et Artistiques).
1992 - International Ceramics Festival 92. Honourable mention. Mino, Japan.
1992 - International Academy of Ceramics, Istanbul, Turkey.
1993 - Galerie SiO2. Maastricht, Holland.
1993 - "Towards the Future" Galerie fur Englische Keramik, Sandhausen, Germany.
1994 - "Contemporary Ceramics From Great Britain" Galerij Desko. Kortemarke, Belgium.
1994 - 4 IRIS International Seminar Exhibition. Porvoo, Finland.
1994 - International Academy of Ceramics, Prague, Czech Repub.
1995 - Munich International Craft Fair, Special Exhibition - Munich, Germany.
1995 - "Out of This World - The Influence of Nature in Craft and Design 1880 - 1995". Crafts Council Gallery. Touring show . London.
1995 - "Japanese Connections". Cornwall Crafts Association.
1995 - Posio Pot 1995 International Seminar. Posio, Finland.
1995 - Bienal Internacional de Ceramica Artistica Aveiro, Portugal.
1996 - "Highlights of European Decorated Porcelain - 10 Years" Galerie Amphora. Oosterbeek, Holland.
1996 - Galerie Carla Koch, Amsterdam, Holland.
1996 - Galerie Graf Adolf.Koln, Germany.
1996 - International Academy of Ceramics. Kyushu, Japan.
1996 - IAC- Korean CCA, The TOTAL Museum. Seoul, Korea.
1996 - "Bewegung Europaische Keramik '96". "Movement"- 25th Anniversary Exhibition of the Keramion Gallery. Frechen, Germany.
1997 - "Ceramists of Fame & Promise" Beaux Arts Gallery.Bath.
1997 - Seoul Ceramic Art Biennale 1997. Seoul, Korea.
1997 - Galerie Cirkel, 10th Anniversary Exhibition. Brasschaat, Belgium.
1998 - Galerie fur Englische Keramik. Heidelberg, Germany.
1998 - "Contemporary Decorative Arts Exhibition" Sotheby's. London.
1998 - Kunsthuis Ingrith Desmet. Kortrijk Heule, Belgium.
1998 - International Academy of Ceramics, Waterloo, Canada.
1999 - European Ceramics '99 - Westerwald Prize, Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany.
1999 - Galerie L.Hamburg, Germany.
1999 - Japanese Connections. The Gallery, FCA. Falmouth.
2000 - Internationale Keramiek Tentoonstelling, Wijland Galerie.Koksijide, Belgium.
2000 - Japanese Connections,Gallery C Square. Nagoya, Japan.
2000 - International Academy of Ceramics, Keramion. Germany.
2000 - Gallerie Frank Stayeart. Gent, Belgium.
2000 - ‘World Cup'. Seoul, Korea.
2001 - British Studio Ceramics, Works from the New Millenium, The Clay Studio.
2001 - Philadelphia, USA. The 1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001. Ichon, Korea.
2001 - IAC Members Exhibition. Choson Royal Kiln Museum.Kwangiu, Korea.
2001 - "Great Britain", Terra Keramiek. Delft, Holland.
2002 - IAC Members Exhibition, Fine Arts Academy. Athens, Greece.
2002 - International Exhibition of Ceramics, Kunsthuis Ingrith Desmet. Kortrijk, Belgium.
2003 "Land and Sea: Impressions of the Environment" Rufford Craft Centre, Ollerton, Notts.
2004 "Elemental Insight" Meteorological Office, Exeter.
2004 - "Structured Elements" Drumcroon Arts Centre Wigan
2005 - ‘Whitegold’ China Clay Country Park, St. Austell, Cornwall.
2007 - ‘Ar-T-Gillae, International Keraiek Toonstelling, Koksjide, Belgium
2007 - ‘Out of the Ordinary’, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Wales.
2008 - 'Of the Earth' Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, Kent.
2009 - 'Re-Route' Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon
2012 - ‘Ice and Sand’ Coombe Farm Gallery. Didisham, Devon. Catalogue
2013 - Mass Line and Space’, Crypt Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall.
2013 - Iluminating through Ceramics, Liverpool University, Architectural dept. Liverpool. catalogue
2013 - The Hepworth, Wakefield
2013 - 2014 Grassi Museum fur Angewandle Kunst, Leipsig, Germany
2014-15 - ‘Terrain’ Royal Truro Museum. Cornwall.
2015-16 - Centre of Ceramic Art Museum, York Art Gallery.
2015 - ‘Anthropocene’ Circle Contemporary, Wadebridge, Cornwall.
2016 - ‘Elemental’ Circle Contemporary, Wadebridge, Cornwall
1976 - "Cheese Dishes" York Festival. York.
1983 - Drumcroon, Wigan Education Art Centre.
1983 - "Landforms" Model House. Llantrisant.
1983 - Montpellier Gallery. Cheltenham.
1990 - Gallery at Wyeside. Builth Wells.
1993 - Galerie de Reiger. Utrecht, Holland.
1997 - "Effects of Time" - 10 year retrospective.Trewithen, Cornwall.
1997 - Galerie de Reiger. Duurstede, Holland.
1998 - Hart Gallery. London.
2001 - Bishop Phillpotts Gallery. Truro, Cornwall.
2002 - "Water and Clay in Transition", Wheal Martyn, China Clay Museum. St. Austell, Cornwall.
2003 - "Connections with Clay", Wheal Martyn, China Clay Museum. St. Austell, Cornwall.
2003 - "Movement in Metaphor", Kellinghusen museum.nr. Hamburg, Germany.
2004 - "Clayworks" Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, St.Austell, Cornwall 2005
2005 - V&A ‘Collect' Wednesday - Monday January 12th - 17th
2005 - Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, Friday - Sunday May 6th - 8th
2005 - ‘Waterlines’ China Clay Country Park, St. Austell, Cornwall.
2006 - ‘Landlines’ China Clay Country Park, St. Austell, Cornwall.
2008 - ‘The Summer Exhibition’ China Clay Country Park, Carthew, St. Austell.
2009 - ‘Made by Man’ China Clay Country Park, Carthew, St. Austell.
2010 - ‘Insight/Insite’, China Clay Museum, Wheal Martyn, Carthew, St. Austell
2010 - ‘Water at Work’ 45 Southside Street, the Barbican, Plymouth.
2010 - ‘Diamond in the Rough’, Trelowarren Gallery, Cornwall Craft Association, Nr. Helston Cornwall
1978 Yorkshire Arts Award
1989 1st Inax Design Award. Inax Corporation, Japan, 3 month work and study visit to Japan.
1991 - South West Arts Award.
1992 - X111eme Biennale Internationale de Ceramique d’Art, Vallauris, France. (Winner of Le Prix de l’Association Vallaurienne D’Organisations Culturelles et Artistiques).
1992 - Honourable Mention, Mino, Japan, International Ceramic Competition.
1996 - South West Arts. Crafts Project Award.
1999 - Takeo Region Int.Art & Culture Exchange Programme, Kyushu, Japan. 4 month work experience.
2000 - International Gouda Pottenbakkers Festival. Gouda, Netherlands. 3rd Prize.
2000 - International Ceramic Art Festival. Brasschaat, Belgium. 3rd Prize.
2001 - 1st World Ceramic Biennale, Ichon World Ceramic Center, Korea.Diploma.
2001 - 2002 South West Arts Commission Fund to work in the china clay pits, Imerys Minerals, Cornwall.
2009 - Cornwall Crafts Association Craftsmanship Award
2008/9 Contemporary Craft Fellowship Scheme – Arts Council/Crafts Council/Esmee Fairburn/Arts Matrix/Devon Guild funded
2015 - 1 month winter residency at the Arctic Ceramic Centre, Posio, Finland.