Approved: 16.08.2006

Hanne Westergaard

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Clay has been my medium for over 40 years. I am influenced by Modernism, and while at art school in Copenhagen during the 1960s I was taught that there are strict rules about what should and should not be made. I have mellowed over the years and can now allow myself to experiment with works I previously would not have considered making, but I feel the responsibility to be careful about what I make.

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  • Location: Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Workshops, Built environment, Community arts, Public art, Private commissions
 

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    Biography

    Clay has been my medium for over 40 years. I am influenced by Modernism, and while at art school in Copenhagen during the 1960s I was taught that there are strict rules about what should and should not be made. I have mellowed over the years and can now allow myself to experiment with works I previously would not have considered making, but I feel the responsibility to be careful about what I make. The world is full of objects, and I do not want to add to that multiplicity unless I feel that I have something worthwhile to say in doing so. I do not make as many pots as I used to, but perhaps I put more thinking into them.

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    HANNE WESTERGAARD 

    Email: hannewestergaard@googlemail.com

    Website: www.hannewestergaard.co.uk

    Clay has been my medium for over 40 years. I have been potting since I first discovered ceramics, and have gone through different viewpoints about my work. I am influenced by Modernism.

    While at art school in Copenhagen I was taught that there are strict rules about what should and should not be made. I have mellowed over the years and can now allow myself to experiment with works I previously would not have considered making. But I feel a responsibility to be careful about what I make. The world is full of objects, and I do not want to add to that multiplicity unless I feel I have something worthwhile to say in doing so. I do not make as many pots as I used to, but perhaps I put more thinking into them. A vital part of my life is my ceramics, and I get much of my inspiration from nature: walking on the moors and by the sea, looking at the ever-changing light and the rhythms in the patterns of nature. I enjoy the making process and the firing; the excitement after a firing and the wait before the kiln opening, where it is revealed which ideas have worked and which have not. There are many disappointments, but in-between I may get something out that ‘shines’, and that is what makes me want to carry on being a maker.

     

     

    SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

    2011 Nature Observed, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 

    2009 Nature Observed, Persistence Works, Sheffield

    2009 Winter Show, Working Woodland Gallery, Sheffield

    2008 Sand Prints, NWT Cley Marches Visitors Centre, North Norfolk

    2007 Sand Prints, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield 

    2004 Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

    2000 Showcases, Rotherham Arts Centre

    1998 Showcase, Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield

    1996 Exhibition, Royal Danish Embassy, London

    1996 Exhibition, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

    1994 One Person Show, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

    1989 The Vase, One Person, Goldsborough Gallery, Knaresborough

    1987 Plates, One Person Sideshow, Rufford Craft Centre

     

     

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2016 The Old Railway Station Gallery Rowsley

    2016 The Millennium Gallery Sheffield

    2014 Oriel Davies Open Art Exhibition

    2014 Cooper Gallery  Barnsley

    2014 The Hepworth Wakefield, Winter Fair 

    2014 Garden Up, Sheffield Botanical Gardens

    2014 Oriel Davies Open Art exhibition 2014

    2013 Makers, Cube Gallery, Manchester

    2013 Open Art Exhibition, Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull 

    2012 Opening Exhibition, Gallery 41, Watchet, Somerset

    2011 Drawn by the East Coast, Studio 11 Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull

    2011 Open exhibition, Ferrens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull

    2010 Oriel Wrecsam – Applied Arts Showcase, Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham 

    2010 Art in the Garden 2010, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, Hampshire

    2010 Re-Coefficients Dining Club, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

    2008 Derby City Open Art Exhibition, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand,Derby

    2008 Northern Light, The Craft Centre And Design Gallery, City Art Gallery Leeds

    2008 The Face Of The Earth, Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucester

    2007 Fundamentals, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield

    2007 Here and now, Persistence Works, Sheffield

    2007 New year showcase, Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston

    2006 15 anniversary Exhibition, Cupola Contemporary Arts, Sheffield

    2003 The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne

    2003 The Bessemer Open, Sheffield Winter Garden, Sheffield

    2002 Potfest-in-the-Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, Cumbria

    2001 Porcelain, Cupola Gallery, Contemporary Art, Sheffield

    2001 Ceramics Showcase, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery

    2000 Christmas Crafts, Piece Hall Art Gallery, Piece Hall, Halifax

    2000 Artspace 2000, Barn Galleries, Aston, Henley on Thames

    2000 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

    2000 Danish Applied Arts, Hawker Gallery, The Maltings, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

    1992 Trailblaze, Midland Station, Sheffield

    1992 Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax

    1992 Two Person Show, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

    1991 Cultural Festival for XVI Universiade, Globe Works, Sheffield

    1988 Two Person Show, Kirsten Kjaers Museum, Denmark

     

     

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • 1964 Diploma in Ceramics, four-year full-time course (equivalent to BA Hons), Kunsthandvaerker Skolen, School of Art, Craft and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark

    • 1987 Mouldmaker’s Certificates I and II, North Staffordshire Polytechnic

     

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    • 1964/72 Part-time ceramics teaching at various further education institutions, Copenhagen

    • 1989/94 Part-time lecturer, ceramics, Rotherham College of Art and Technology

     

    RESIDENCES

    2004 Artist in Residence, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark

     

    COLLECTIONS

    • Pinchen Collection, City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

    • Munksgards Kunstforening, Art Association, Copenhagen, Denmark

    • Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark

     

    PRIZES & AWARDS

    • Individual Crafts Award, Yorkshire Arts, 1986

    • Individual Award, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts, 1996

    • Individual Award, Yorkshire Arts, 1999

    • Craft Pottery Charitable Trust Award, 2004

    • Equipment Grant, Arts Council England, 2004

     

    AREAS OF WORK 

    Exhibiting / installations / public art / private commissions / workshops / residencies