I am a graduate of the Royal College of Art and currently artist in residence at Base Art Studio and Workshop, Taff's Well, Cardiff. I am researching the history of the figurative horse in ceramics. I also research the local ceramic history of Thomas Pardoe's enamel painting and ceramic production at Nantgarw China Works. This heritage is unique to South Wales and I work towards inspiring future ceramic artists in the surrounding valleys who are interested in a creative career by developing ceramic surface embellishment workshops and sculpting courses.
Through the award of an Arts Council of Wales production grant in 2015, I produced a solo exhibition that celebrates the figurative Horse in ceramics using production techniques of the Tang Dynasty combined with surface decoration inspired by William Billingsley. This allowed me to unite historical references with sensitive issues relating to the human condition to explore themes of gender and sexuality. I use the symbolism of the horse's side saddle to discuss gender dysphoria to engage minority and underrepresented groups within ceramics using the plasticity of clay and push the boundaries of its qualities as an expressive medium. It is important for me to show that clay can communicate human emotions to move and open up discussion with viewers.
I am working to develop my career as a professional ceramicist and build upon the work produced by my Arts Council of Wales grant to become an emerging artist working towards an international reputation. Since this grant I have been able to exhibit in Germany, Netherlands and China. I am a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, RCA, Conwy. 'Clay Horses' has also inspired me to research deeper into the unique history of the horse in ceramics and I would like to produce a book and develop a PhD proposal. Through this research I have also been able to write and publish articles in international ceramic magazines. I am passionate about promoting ceramic education and have taken part in BBC radio Wales interviews and programs broadcast on S4C.
Education and Professional Qualifications:
July 2016 RCA (Royal Cambrian Academy) Member
Royal Cambrian Academy, Crown Lane, Conwy
M.A (RCA) Ceramics and Glass - Commendation for research paper - Animal Symbolism and the Horse
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London
B.A (Hons) Ceramics - First Class Honours
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
A1, V1 Assessors Awards, F.A.E.T.C - City & Guilds, NVQ Level 4
University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, South Wales
Change / Newid , group exhibition, Base Art Gallery and Workshop, Taff's Well, Cardiff, May - June, 2018.
'Wild Things', Keramiekcentrum, Tiendschuur, Tegelen, Netherlands, May -September, 2017.
TEN, New RCA Members, Royal Cambrian Academy, RCA, Conwy, North Wales, May - June, 2017.
5th, ICMEA, FLICAM, FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, Qiaoshan Road, Fuping, Shaanxi Provience, China, Exhibition in the Great Dome, July - August 2016.
134th - Summer Exhibition, Royal Cambrian Academy, RCA, Conwy, North Wales, July - September 2016.
Clay Horses, (selected pieces) Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff, South Wales, June - October 2016. Solo exhibition.
'Imago', 'Image' International ceramic group exposition at Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany, March - July 2016.
Ceffylau Clai, Marchoga Cyfrwy Ochr - Chwarae â Thân - Clay Horses, He Rides Side Saddle - Playing with Fire, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff, South Wales. October - November 2015. Solo exhibition.
Ceffylau Clai, Marchoga Cyfrwy Ochr - Chwarae â Thân - Clay Horses, He Rides Side Saddle - Playing with Fire, The Factory, Jenkin Street, Porth, Rhondda, S. Wales. December 2015. Solo exhibition.
Trwy Wahoddiad - By Invitation , Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, North Wales. Group exhibition curated by Shani Rhys James, September - November 2015.
The Figure - Sculpture in Ceramics, Nassauische Sparkasse Ceramic Talent Award, NASPA. Keramic Museum, Westerwald, Germany, October 2013 - January 2014.
Curiadau Calon - Heartbeats, MOMA Cymru, Y Tabernacl Machynlleth, Powys, MOMA Wales, The Tabernacle, Machynlleth, Powys, July - August 2012. Solo exhibition.
Royal Reflections, Wedgwood Museum, Group Exhibition - September - November 2011.
Wolverhampton University - Bessant Gallery "Royal Cup and Saucer" Exhibition July, 2011.
Tears and Joy - Group Exhibition, Hammersmith Information Centre, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London, July - August 2001.
MA degree show - The Royal College of Art, Kensington Mews, London, July 1999.
Arson, group exhibition - The Royal College of Art, Henry Moore Gallery, London, July 1998.
New Art, group exhibition, Wrexham Library, Wales, September 1997.
BA graduate exhibition, St. Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, August 1996.
BA degree show - University of Wales Institute, Howard Gardens, Cardiff, July 1996.
5th, ICMEA, International Ceramic Magazine Editors Award, China, 2016.
NASPA, Nassauische Sparkasse Ceramic Talent Award, Germany, 2013.
Base Art Studio & Workshops, Unit B1 - 1, Garth Works Estate, Taff's Well, October 2017 - present.
ICMEA, FLICAM, FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum and Art Pottery Village, Qiaoshan Road, Fuping, Shaanxi Provience China, June - July 2017.
Nantgarw China Works Museum, Nantgarw, Cardiff, S. Wales, July 2015 - September 2017.
Through support of an Arts Council of Wales Production Grand and Rhondda Cynon Taff Council Arts and Development Team.
Ceramic Review, Riding on Clay Horses, Article, July / August, 2017.
New Ceramics, Germany, Finding My Way Home, Article, Issue 6, 2017.
De Kleine K, Netherlands, Interview, June / July, 2017.
Nantgarw China Works Museum, Newsletter 2017, Gareth Nash - Nantgarw Chinaworks, Past Present and Future.
Nantgarw China Works Museum, Newsletter 2016, Gareth Nash - international exhibition in Germany, 'IMAGO'. June 2016.
Y Cymro Papur Cenedlaethol Cymru, Dychwelyd i Gymru gyda'i geffylau clai, full page feature - National Welsh language newspaper, Returning to Wales with clay horses, November 2015.
Golwg, (Magazine) feature: Ceffylau Clai, Chwarae Gyda Than, Clay Horses Playing with Fire, No 11, November 2015.
Radyr Chain Magazine, Horses, Clay and Coal, article, Issue 219, August 2015.
Schooled in Equine Excellence, exhibition review by Gwyn Griffiths: Morning Star November, 2015.
Exhibition catalogue: Ceffylau Clai - Clay Horses, Arts Council of Wales, July 2015.
Nantgarw China Works Museum, Newsletter 2015, Gareth Nash - Artist in Residence, June 2015.
Exhibition Catalogue: The Figure - Sculpture in Ceramics, Nassauische Sparkasse Ceramic Talent Award, NASPA. 2014.
Ceramic Review, Jan, Feb 2013, Issue 259.
Cambria Magazine online review, Curiadau Calon / Heartbeats at Y Tabernacl - MOMA Cymru, November 2012.
Millers Collectables Price Guide Book, 1999, ISBN 0-75370-147-2.
Moulding The World - Figures of International Ceramists, Ting Ju Shao, 2018.
BBC Radio Wales interview, Bore Cothi: Ceffylau Clai - Clay Horses: broadcast, 25th November, 2015.
BBC Wales, Newyddion 9, exhibition news segment: Ceffylau Clai - Clay Horses, broadcast, 14th October, 2015.
S4C Heno, exhibition feature and interview: Ceffylau Clai - Clay Horses, broadcast, 17th December, 2015.
S4C Pethe, exhibition feature and interview: Curiadau Calon - Heartbeats, broadcast, 9th October, 2012.
Collections - Public:
Chwaraewr Polo 1, 2 and 3, Polo Player 1, 2 and 3, Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany.
Marchoga gyda Cyfrwy Ochr 1, He Rides Side Saddle 1, Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany.
Eeney, Meeney, Miney, Mo, MOMA Cymru, Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth, Powys, MOMA Wales, The Tabernacle, Machynlleth, Powys, Mid - Wales.
Ceffyl Cryf gyda Thri Baban - The Strong Horse with Three Babies, Royal College of Art, RCA, Kensington Gore, London.
Trosglwyddo / Transmission, Keramiekcentrum, Ceramic Museum, Tegelen, Netherlands.
Collections - Private:
Marchoga Cyfrwy Ochr - They Ride Side Saddle, Deborah and David Harrington, Whitbourne, Worcestershire, U.K.
Marchoga Cyfrwy Ochr - Side Saddle, Shani Rhys James, Powys, Mid Wales, U.K.
Trapped and Deceived, Heather Eastes, Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K.
Dancing Hermaphrodites, Gwen Heeney, Welshpool, Powys, Mid-Wales, UK.
Andrew Hurdle, Dead Swallows, Bristol, UK.
Becky Loveridge, Polo Player 4, Bristol, UK.
John Mullen, Geffyl Gwyn gyda Cyfrwng Ochr Melyn, White Horse with Yellow Side Saddle, London, UK.
Dr. David Jones Senior Tutor
City Campus Molineux North
Arts & Creative Industries Manager
Arts Services, Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC
Park & Dare Theatre
Gareth Nash 2018.
Gareth Nash Ceramics