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Zoe Preece works from Fireworks Clay Studios in Cardiff, UK. She studied Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design (2000), completed a Masters in Ceramics also at Cardiff School of Art and Design (2010), and a PGCE (FE/HE) at Cardiff University (2013). She works as associate lecturer at Cardiff School of Art and Design, and ceramic tutor for UWC Atlantic College. Zoe has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She was recently selected for AWARD, British Ceramic Biennial (2019), was awarded the Gold Medal for Craft and Design, the CASW Purchase Prize and the Josef Herman Award The People’s Choice at Y Lle Celf at the National Eisteddfod of Wales (2018) and was a juror prize winner in the international exhibition Materials: Hard and Soft, Denver, US (2017). Her work is in public collections in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and the Museum of Craft and Design, Denver, US.

 

“My current practise takes the domestic realm as the site of its enquiry. I make intimate but nameless still lives that speak of the ordinary and the human. Through focused attention on everyday domestic objects and ordinary scenes, my work endeavours to engage with the intangible, disquieting and emotive aspects of life through material processes and form.

Ceramic forms are carved from plaster on the lathe or by hand, before being moulded and cast in a fine white porcelain; the heat of the kiln chamber is used to seek out moments of fluidity. I also work in collaboration with Fablab Cardiff making use of their 3D scanning and CNC milling technologies to produce milled walnut tableaux that function as components for furniture pieces.”

 

2011-2013                   Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Cardiff University

2008-2010                   MA Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art and Design, UWIC

1995-2000                   BA Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art and Design, UWIC

2018                            Material Presence: A Domestic Scene, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Wales

2019                            AWARD, British Ceramic Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent

                                    Oita Prefecture Art Museum, Japan

2018                            The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff

2017                            Materials: Hard and Soft, Museum of Craft and Design, Denver, US

2016                            Biennale International de Vallauris, Creation Contemporaine et Ceramique, Vallauris, France

Mono, Boundary Art Gallery, Cardiff

‘An ‘in’ with a Stranger’, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran

2015                            The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Meifod

The Sensorial Object, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff  & Oriel Q, Narberth

2014                            The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llanelli

Fireworks Now, Aberystwyth Arts Centre & Y Galeri, Caerphilly

The Common Object, Cardiff M.A.D.E Gallery

2013                            200 years on: Contemporary Works in Clay, Nantgarw China Museum

                                    Fireworks Now, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

Art Craft, Cardiff Arts Collective, Cardiff


2011                            FRESH, British Ceramic Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent

The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Wrexham and District

Welsh Artist of the Year, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

Merge/Diverge, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

2010                            Intro, Cardiff Design Week, Cardiff

2009                            Gathered World, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

2018                            National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

2016                            Museum of Craft and Design, Denver, US

2019                            Ceramics: Art and Perception #112

2018                            CCQ, A Creative Conversation, August 2018

2018                            Crafts, 273. July/August 2018

2017                            ‘Cast’, Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling, Schiffer Publishing


2016                            Biennale International de Vallauris, Creation Contemporaine et Ceramique

2015                            Co-editor and contributor to The Sensorial Object Catalogue


2015                            Buzz, Feb. 2015


2015                            Crafts, 252, Jan/Feb 2015


2011                            Ceramic Review, 251, Sept./Oct. 2011


2000                            Ceramic Review, 185, Sept./Oct. 2000

2019                            Arts Council of Wales, Production Grant

2018                            Gold Medal Winner, Craft and Design, The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff

2018                            CASW Purchase Prize Winner, The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff

                                    Purchased by the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

2018                            The Josef Herman Peoples Choice Award, The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff

2017                            Juror Prize Winner, Materials: Hard & Soft, Museum of Craft and Design, Denver, US

2016                            Arts Council of Wales, Production Grant


2014                            Arts Council of Wales, Training Grant


2012 – present            Associate Tutor, CSAD, Cardiff Metropolitan University

2015 – present            Ceramic Tutor, UWC Atlantic College, Wales

2015                            Artist in Residence, Makers Using Technology, Design Forum Wales

2015                            Co-Curator with Dr. Natasha Mayo of The Sensorial Object, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff