Approved: 20.05.2016

Sarah Hitchens

Artist, Maker

Approved: 20.05.2016

I work almost exclusively with a coarse black stoneware clay and porcelain slips. The work is slab-rolled then torn spontaneously into shape. There is a large element of unpredictability in this method but it yields unexpected forms that have a dynamism and fluidity that I find impossible to replicate.

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    Artist Statement

    I work almost exclusively with a coarse black stoneware clay and porcelain slips. The work is slab-rolled then torn spontaneously into shape. There is a large element of unpredictability in this method but it yields unexpected forms that have a dynamism and fluidity that I find impossible to replicate.

    The work is textured, rough-edged, raw and purposely imperfect. Rips and lacerations are actively encouraged and become an essential part of the making process. This has developed into my chosen language.

    Whilst surfaces are often matt and unadorned, I sometimes choose to impress natural objects into the clay and brush slip into the indentations or use a bronze Hans Coper manganese glaze to highlight areas and more recently a wonderfully effervescent volcanic glaze.

    I’m intrigued by what lies unseen in the chasm between who we present to the world and who we actually are with all our conflicting feelings, beliefs and dreams. The texture and shape of a life lived, reflecting both the physical wear and the inner growth are what interest and inspire me.

     

    CV & Education

    Ceramic artist based in Somerset, UK

    T: 07757 805297
    [email protected]
    www.sarahhitchens.com

    EDUCATION

    1986  BA History of Art, Warwick University

    EXHIBITIONS:

    2018               
    Current & Forthcoming Exhibitions
    Journeys in Mind, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool: Jan - Mar
    National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford: Mar - Apr

    2017

    Somerset Art Works' Creative Pathways Exhibition, Taunton
    Hothouse 2017: Spot the Talent, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
    Evolver Prize 2017, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
    Get Fresh at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey - Jan - March
    The Stour Gallery Winter Exhibition, Shipston on Stour 

    2016 
    Quartz Festival, Taunton
    Trowbridge Christmas Exhibition, Trowbridge
    Somerset Open Studios 'Creative Pathways Bursary' at Black Swan Arts, Frome
    Society Of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London
    Evolver Prize 2016 Exhibition, Black Swan Arts, Frome
    Thelma Hulbert Open 2016, Honiton
    Atkinson Gallery Summer Show, Millfield School
    Broadway Arts Festival, Broadway, Worcs
    Portmanteau Gallery, Bridport - Solo exhibition 'An Imperfect Beauty'

    2015
    Wells Art Contemporary Award – Wells, Somerset
    Salisbury Ceramics Open, Salisbury
    Marshwood Arts Award, Bridport – Winner of Ceramics Award
    Brewhouse Art Gallery, Taunton – Somerset Arts Weeks' group exhibition, 

    2013      
    Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios: Group exhibition with Blackdown Hills Artists & Makers, Cotley Barn, Somerset

    Commissions & Awards

    2017
    Crafts Council's Hothouse programme: Jan - Sept

    2016
    Creative Pathways Bursary (Arts Council funded)
    Broadway Open Arts Competition - 'Highly commended'

    2015
    Winner of the Marshwood Arts' Ceramic Award, Bridpot

    2013
    Skills Unearthed Project: commissioned by Blackdown Hills Artists & Makers, Somerset

    Publications:

    2016                  
    Arts Feature in the Marshwood Vale Magazine, May 2016 Issue (See Press page on website)

    Website / Listings:

    www.sarahhitchens.com
    www.craftscouncil.org.uk/directory/maker/sarah-hitchens/
    http://www.crafts.org.uk/Makers-Directory/Hitchens,-Sarah.aspx
    https://www.artsthread.com/profile/sarahhitchens/