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mary- jane evans



The main theme of my work is the transformation of materials which echo the forces, metaphors, substance and history within the Dorset landscape. Pushing materials to extremes is fundamental to my work. I use exciting and unpredictable techniques combining porcelain, slate, corrosive materials and minerals using the kiln as a time machine to scar and erode my pieces.

I was born and raised in Dorset, near Lulworth Cove. The main inspiration for my work is the Jurassic coast, and in particular Kimmeridge. After studying at Poole College of Art and Design where I undertook various City and Guilds Courses in ceramics over a three year period, I then went to The University for the Creative Arts where I obtained a First Class Degree in three dimensional design in 2004. I then moved from Dorset to take up a residency in Bath, where I now have my studio.

Experimenation has always been really important to me and pushing materials to extremes is essential to my work. I use the kiln as a time machine to scar and erode my pieces. I use porcelain/slate and corrosive materials to achieve the effects I desire. I multi-fire my pieces adding layers of glaze and porcelain to create fissures and cracks.
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I exhibit all over the country and have won a number of awards:-

Winner of the Pangolin Prize for Sculpture at The Royal West of England Academy 2016
Winner ofthe 3rd prize in 2014 as well as 2010 at BSA exhibition
Bristol Guild of Craftsmen award for best three dimensional work Victoria Art
Gallery, Bath 2010
Winner of International Takifuji Art Award, Tokyo 2004
Nominated for Setting out Craft Potters Association 2004
Medal of Excellence City & Guilds 1999
Bursary of £10,000 'Futures 100' competition 199
Medal of Excellence City & Guilds 1998




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CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

B.A. (Hons) 1st Class Three Dimensional Design at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham 2001-2004
City & Guilds 7900 Creative Skills Ceramics 2001

City & Guilds 7802 Creative Skills Ceramics 1999

COMPETITIONS
Winner of the Pangolin Prize for Sculpture at RWA Autumn Exhibition 2016
Bristol Guild of Craftsmen Award for best 3D work at Victoria Art Gallery 2014

Short listed Ex-Lab Olympic Installation 2011
Bristol Guild of Craftsmen Award for best 3D work at Victoria Art Gallery 2010

International Takifuji Art Award - Tokyo – 2004
Nominated for Setting Out Craft Potters Association - 2004

Medal of Excellence awarded by City & Guilds 1999

Winner City & Guilds 'Futures 100' competition receiving £10,000 bursary 1999

Medal of Excellence City & Guilds 1999

OTHER EXPERIENCE
Various ceramic workshops at Contemporary Craft Fair, Shute Farm Studios, Junior and Senior Schools, Society of Disabled Artists, Action on Hearing Loss,,Age UK, Sky Arts at Bath Literary Festival and my own studio. 'Raku' workshops at various locations.
Artist in residence at Kingswood School, Bath 2005-2007

MEMBER OF:
Crafts Council,Bath Society of Artists, Bath Artists' Network Association, Axis-Web, Artists' Newsletter, Bristol Creatives, Arts Awards Teacher to Bronze/Silver

EXHIBITIONS 2016
RWA Autumn Exhibition Bristol
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery ‘From Where I’m Standing’
Bath Society of Artists Members Show ‘Technique and Purpose’ BRSLI
Victoria Art Gallery – Bath Society of Artists Annual Open
Cloth Road Arts Trail
Foss Fine Art
Workshop Wales
Bils and Rye
Battersea Affordable Art Fair
Wine Street Gallery

EXHIBITIONS 2015
FLUX – Royal College of Art London

Side by Side Space Lab
Wine Street Gallery
Victoria Art Gallery
Royal West of England Academy ‘Drawn’
The Space Between - Salisbury Arts Centre

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Foss Fine Art

Bils and Rye

Workshop Wales


EXHIBITIONS 2014

Workshop Wales

Bath Society of Artists Members Show BRSLI
Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition

Victoria Art Gallery Bath

Frome Open Studios
Quercus Gallery
Foss Fine Art

Fringe Arts Festival Bath

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea
Bills and Rye

Workshop Wales


EXHIBITIONS 2013

Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition
Foss Fine Art
Quercus Gallery

Victoria Art Gallery Summer Exhibition
Bills and Rye

Russell Cotes Museum and Art Gallery
Russell Cotes Museum and Art Gallery with Malcolm Ashman and Vanessa Gardiner
Russell Cotes Museum and Art Gallery with Peter Davis and Harry Lamb
Royal West of England Academy 'Drawn'

Workshop Wales

Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum - Variations on Abstraction
Battersea Affordable Art Fair

The Art Agency

Jane Fuest Gallery


EXHIBITIONS 2012
Arthouse Gallery

The Art Agency
Jane Fuest Gallery
Foss Fine Art
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition Arthouse Gallery
Jane Fuest Gallery
Black Swan Open Exhibition
L'Artishe Gallery
Arthouse Gallery


EXHIBITIONS 2011

L'Artishe Gallery - solo show
Arthouse Originals

Victoria Art Gallery
Edgar Modern
Arthouse Gallery

Bath Artists' Studios with Louis Hawkins
Workshop Wales

Oriel Ty Coch


EXHIBITIONS 2010

Atrium Gallery at Bournemouth University 'Trail' solo show
Hawthorn Contemporary Art

Oriel Ty Coch Gallery
Bath Society of Artists Victoria Art Gallery
Workshop Wales

Black Swan Gallery 'Smoke'
Oriel Ty Coch

EXHIBITIONS 2009
Somerset Guild of Artists - Invited Artist
Black Swan Arts
Orleans House Gallery 'By Design'
Origin at Somerset House
Bath Artist Network Association - mixed show
Workshop Wales

Open studios - Bath Artists' Studios
Bute Space
Creative Gallery
Workshop Wales
Gallery Le Fort

EXHIBITIONS 2008
Gallery le Fort
The Gallery - Bath Artists' Studios with Louis Hawkins
Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition
Gallery le Fort showing with Clive Jabbed
Gallery le Fort 'Summer Relections'
Bute Space

Victoria Art Gallery Summer Exhibition

Contemporary Craft Fair
Open Studios
Bath and West Show

The Creative Gallery


EXHIBITIONS 2004 to 2007

Out of the Blue
Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition
Church House Designs
Bristol Affordable Art Fair
Foss Fine Art

The Great Art Fair
Creative Gallery

Black Swan Art Open

Bettles Gallery

John Jones Gallery
Overton Contemporary Art

EXHIBITIONS 2004
New Designers at Business Design Centre London Degree show at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
EXHIBITIONS 2003
Poole College of Art and Design - End of year show




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