Zoe Preece works as an artist from Fireworks Clay Studios in Cardiff. 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 currently lectures on the BA Artist: Designer, Maker programme at Cardiff School of Art and Design, and is Ceramic Tutor for UWC Atlantic College. Zoe has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She was recently a juror prize winner in the international exhibition Materials: Hard and Soft, Denver, US (2017); she was selected for the Biennale International de Vallauris, Creation Contemporaine et Ceramique (2016), and for the artist in residence programme ‘Makers Using Technology’, Design Forum (2015). In 2015, she co-curated an exhibition titled The Sensorial Object, with Dr. Natasha Mayo. Other recent group exhibitions include selection for The National Eisteddfod of Wales (2015, 2014, 2011), and the British Ceramic Biennial (2011).
The condition of being in-between states is central to Zoe’s current working practice. Uncertain and transient, it is a condition existing at the heart of human being that invites us to question established categories and divisions, and to hunt out new possibilities in the gaps between divisions. Paradoxically, perhaps, Zoe’s means of exploring this condition is through meticulous empirical enquiry. The works are intended to reflect this working process. Through the testing out of porcelain and flux under the influence of heat within the kiln chamber, she is able to arrest a process mid-point. In doing so she hopes to capture the intangible – an uncertain moment – extending it just long enough to read.
Current works continue to develop this enquiry, forming around themes of longing, the still life and the landscape of the domestic. Bringing together porcelain with hard woods, these works integrate digital technologies – specifically 3D scanning and printing, and CNC milling technologies – with slip casting and fluxing processes.
‘With her quiet, unassuming work, Preece reminds us that it is often in the mundanity of life that we find some of the most poignant and poetic moments.’ David Trigg, 2010