Claire graduated fromCentral Saint Martins in 1995 with a 1st in Fine Art Sculpture. She went on to work within some of the museums and galleries that had initially fired her enthusiasm for Art and Craft (most notably the V&A) and continued her post graduate education in Museum Studies.
In 2003 Claire resumed making, this time concentrating on ceramics, she attended Kensington and Chelsea College evening classes from 2003-2008 and started to produce work drawing on influences gained from a non-craft education and a wealth of vocational experience working with National Collections. Her work is in private collections worldwide including the Reydan Weiss Collection and 21C Museum.
Claire lives and works in London.
“Narrative and the retelling and misinterpretation of stories is at the centre of my work. Initially, I concentrated on reimagining and retelling Folk and fairy stories with particularly strong imagery and adding a contemporary slant. Most recently, I have concentrated on imagined back stories for iconic images of historical figures and their social constraints, both historical and contemporary.
The aesthetic inspiration is drawn largely from European Applied Art and Design styles from the 1600’s onwards. Underpinning this is the long European tradition of appropriation and reinterpretation or misinterpretation of “exotic” styles that can be seen in National Collections across Europe. I like the idea of getting it slightly wrong and the bluffing and “cobbling together” of styles that has resulted in some fantastic historical objects.
I started making sprigged vessels inspired by the salt glazed “bartmann” figurative bottles, but with the look of tin glazed earthenware from the 1600’s. This evolved into the fully figurative vessels I’m making at present, starting with the bottle shaped wide court mantua dresses of the 1700’s. The figures have head “stoppers” to reflect the origin from the figurative bottle and sometimes an additional head stopper to illustrate the metamorphosis of a character.
My work has a very familiar feel to it due to the historical and literary references, even though it has it’s own very definite aesthetic. The pieces are all meticulously hand built, using traditional ceramic techniques. They are coil built, then the shape is refined before adding surface decorations of sprigged (press molded) ephemera and modern computer generated enamel decoration over the glaze.”
2018 doing identity: Die Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany 2017-18 London Art Fair 2017 A Cautionary Tale (solo, catalogue), James Freeman Gallery, London 2017 Collect 17, Crafts Council, Saatchi Gallery, London 2016 I Prefer Life, Reydan Weiss Collection, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany 2016 Masterpiece, London, UK 2016 Volta 12, Basel, Switzerland 2016 Divine Decadence, Kasteel van Gaasbeek, Belgium 2016 My Blue China, Musee Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland 2016 Cabinet Da End 06, Galerie Da End, Paris, France 2015 New London Figurative, Charlie Smith Gallery, London, UK 2015 Artefacts, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK 2015 My Blue China, curated by Laurent de Verneuil, Bernardaud Foundation, Limoges, France 2015 HEY! Act III, curated by Hey! Magazine, Halle Saint Pierre Museum, Paris, France 2016 Volta 11, Basel, Switzerland 2015 SWEET 18, Kasteel D’Ursel, Antwerp, Belgium 2015 The Masque, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK 2014 The Future Can Wait, London, UK 2013 Young Masters Art Prize 2014: Lloyds Club & Sphinx Fine Art, London, UK 2014 Pipe Dreams, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK 2013 Microtopia, Kingsgate Gallery, London, UK 2013 In Dialogue with the Baroque, curated by Dr. Michaela Braesel, Schloß Schleißheim, Munich, Germany 2013 The Islands Across the Sea, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK 2012 Young Masters Art Prize, London, UK 2011/2012 Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK 2011 Voyages Extraordinaires, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK 2010 Dynamic Array, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK 2010 Young Masters, curated by Matthew Reeve, Truman Brewery, London, UK 2009/2010 Wunderkammer, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK 2009/2010 AAF London, UK 2008 Five years, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK 2007 Inspired By, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
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