I am a graduate of the Royal College of Art and currently artist in residence at Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff. I run clay and glaze surface embellishment workshops for adults and children focusing on the history of Nantgarw China Works and its connection to boat horses along the Glamorganshire Canal. I am from the Rhondda Valleys in South Wales, my artwork explores human emotions and gender dysphoria issues through the plasticity of clay using the symbolism of the horse and side saddle.
Through the award of an Arts Council of Wales (ACW) grant I have been able to research the history of the horse in ceramics to produce a new body of work and touring exhibition in South Wales. I am preparing a PhD proposal and would like to publish my research as a book, Clay Horses, A Ceramic History. I am working to develop my career as a professional ceramic artist. I have recently been invited to become a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy and exhibited in the summer exhibition 2016. I am working towards developing an international career. Clay Horses was part of the ceramic exhibition 'IMAGO' at Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany. I have also exhibited work in China at Fule International Ceramic Art Museum, Shaanxi and awarded a residency for 2017. This summer I am part of 'Wild Things' exhibition in the Netherlands. 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:
June 2016 Member of Royal Cambrian Academy, RCA, Crown Lane, Conway, North Wales
July 1999 M.A (RCA) Ceramics and Glass – Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London.
July 1996 B.A (Hons) Ceramics – First Class Honours - University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, S. Wales.
Exhibitions past and present:
Peace, Purity, Passion, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Nantgarw, Cardiff, South Wales, October - December, 2017.
Clay Horses - Transition / Ceffylau Clai - Newid, (FLICAM), Fule International Ceramic Art Museum, British Museum, Fuping, China, July - December 2017.
'Wild Things', Keramiekcentrum, Tiendschuur, Tegelen, Netherlands, May - September 2017.
TEN / New Members Exhibition 2017, Royal Cambrian Academy, Crown Lane, Conway, North Wales, May - June 2017.
5th ICMEA Exhibition, Great Hall, FLICAM, Qiaoshan Rd, Fuping Xian, Weinan Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China, October - December 2016.
134th - Summer Exhibition, Royal Cambrian Academy, RCA, Conway, North Wales, July - September 2016.
Clay Horses, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff, South Wales, June / October 2016. Solo exhibition.
'Imago', 'Image' ceramic international 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, Conway, 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, WedgeWood Museum, Group Exhibition - September / November 2011.
Royal Cup and Saucer, Wolverhampton University - Bessant Gallery, Exhibition July, 2011.
Tears and Joy, Group Exhibition, Hammersmith Information Centre, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London, July / August 2001.
MA degree show, 'The Show 1999' 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 International Ceramic Magazine Editors Award, ICMEA, World Emerging Ceramic Artist residency at FLICAM, Fule International Ceramic Art Museum and Art Pottery Village, Fuping, Xannxi province, China, 2017.
Arts Council of Wales, Production Grant, 2015.
Fule International Ceramic Art Museum, Art Pottery Village, Qiaoshan Rd, Fuping Xian, Weinan Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China - 1st - 31st of June, 2017.
Nantgarw China Works Museum, Nantgarw, Cardiff, S. Wales, July 2015 - Present.
Through support of an Arts Council of Wales Production Grand and Rhondda Cynon Taff Council Arts and Development Team.
KLEI magazine, Wild Things, exhibition article, 2017.
Ceramic Review, July / August issue 286, 2017 - Gareth Nash Clay Horses profile research article.
Sceduled: New Ceramics, September / October issue 5, 2017 - Gareth Nash artist / exhibition profile.
Nantgarw China Works Museum, Newsletter 2017, Gareth Nash - international residency and Clay Horses research, FLICAM, Fuping, China. May 2017.
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.
Millers Collectables Price Guide Book, 1999, ISBN 0-75370-147-2.
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:
Ceffyl Gwyn gyda Cyfrwy Ochr / White Horse with Side Saddle, Fule International Ceramic Art Museum, Shannxi Province, China.
Chwaraewr Polo / Polo Players, 2 works, 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.
Rhyddhau Eich Hunan Heno / Set Yourself Free Tonight, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Nantgarw, Cardiff, S. Wales.
Marchoga Cyfrwy Ochr / They Ride Side Saddle, Deborah and David Harington, 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, U.K.
Dead Swallows, Andrew Hurdle, Kent, England, U.K
Chwaraewr Polo 4, Polo Player 4, Becky Lovegrove, Bristol, U.K.
Gareth Nash 2017.
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