When I was young my grandmother used to buy me brightly coloured plasticine. I would spend hours modelling horses and expressing my inner emotions out into the physical world through manipulating the plasticity of clay with my fingers. My love of horses and clay have become key elements in allowing me to express myself as an emerging artist. Its ability to take the form of your thoughts and feelings has fascinated me since childhood. Wanting to develop a creative career I gained a first class degree from the University of Wales, Cardiff leading to a scholarship at the Royal College of Art. Since then I have set up studio through an Arts Council of Wales Grant as resident ceramicist at Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff, South Wales. I run clay and glaze workshops focusing on the history and connection boat horses had with Nantgarw China Works and the Glamorgan canal.
I have exhibited across the UK at MOMA Cymru, RCA Conway, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff, The Factory, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Internationally in Europe at The Keramik Museum Westerwald, Keramiekcentrum, Netherlands and FLICAM, Fuping, China. My ceramics are part of public collections at MOMA Cymru, Wales, The Royal College of Art, London, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff and the Fule, International Ceramic Art Museum, Fuping, China. Recent work explores the history of the horse in ceramics developing a PhD proposal and research for a book, Clay Horses, A Ceramic History.
I have completed a residency in Fuping, China, where I have been able to further my research into clay horses studying the Wei and Tang dynasties during June, 2017. I am passionate in developing opportunities for ceramics in education and promoting the developing clay art scene in the Rhondda and South Wales Valleys. My ceramics has two strands, my research and passion for the history of the horse in ceramics and my artistic voice that wants to communicate emotions to the viewer, around sensitive issues concerning the human condition. I am currently exploring Gender Dysphoria within my ceramic artwork. Expressing feelings from the heart into the clay.
Gareth Nash, 2017.
Exploring Sancai glaze on Newid / Transition, FLICAM
Fule International Ceramic Art Museum and Ceramic Centre, Fuping, China, 2017.
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