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.”

EXHIBITIONS:

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