Approved: 10.12.2006

Lorraine Robson

Artist, Maker

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Approved: 10.12.2006

Lorraine Robson studied Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. After graduating she worked for a Commercial Sculpture Studio, producing commissioned fibreglass figures. During this period Lorraines own sculpture developed in plaster, fibreglass and cold cast metals. This work was exhibited in galleries including the Collective, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Fruitmarket.
Lorraine makes beautiful,

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  • Location: West Lothian, Scotland
  • Activities: Early years education, Primary education, Secondary education, Adult education, Special needs education, Residencies, Workshops, Arts in health, Disability arts, Community arts, Participatory projects, Private commissions
 

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    Biography

    Lorraine Robson studied Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. After graduating she worked for a Commercial Sculpture Studio, producing commissioned fibreglass figures. During this period Lorraines own sculpture developed in plaster, fibreglass and cold cast metals. This work was exhibited in galleries including the Collective, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Fruitmarket. Lorraine makes beautiful, thought provoking, sophisticated hand-built ceramics that pay homage to ancient skills while embracing contemporary influences. She creates intuitively, a fusion of ideas, drawing on a kaleidoscope of images and observations to make work with a unique identity balanced between manufactured, machine made and organic references. Her ceramics, often dictated by the classic vessel form and containment, are not designed as functional. Coiling is her main method of construction, slab and pinching for more complex forms. The surface is refined using metal scrapers and further worked using abrasive papers when dry. Each vessel is fired a minimum of three times, the surface sanded and polished using silicon carbide, then diamond abrasives, between each firing. “In a world where pressure is on instant results, dominated by commercialism and technology, I enjoy the meditative nature of allowing the form to evolve with handwork, imagination, and human labour using the most primitive and natural materials available - the earth itself”.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 1988 - BA (Hons) degree in Sculpture, Heriot Watt, Edinburgh College of Art, UK Solo exhibitions 2013 - Offerings, The Barony Centre, Craft Town Scotland, West Kilbride 2010 - Opposites Attract, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow 1995 - New Works, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK Group exhibitions 2012 - 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Yingge, Taiwan 2012 - CPA Members, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London 2012 - INTERNATIONAL CERAMIC TRIENNIAL UNICUM 2012, European Cultural and Technological Centre Maribor (EKTC), Manor Betnava, Maribor 2012 - Summer Design Collection 2012, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow 2012 - The IV International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics, KERAMEIKON, Croatian Ceramic Association, Varazdin 2011 - "inside out", Herzer Palace of the City Museum of Varazdin, Varazdin, Croatia 2011 - 3rd International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Cifrapalota, Bacs-kiskun, Cifrapalota 2011 - 7th International Biannual of Ceramics, 'inside Out', Cultural Center of Kapfenberg, Kapfenberg 2011 - Return to the Earth, Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington 2011 - Unite, Craftscotland at the Collins Gallery, Glasgow 2010 - craft showcase, Howden Park Art Centre, Livingston 2009 - Hanna's Gallery, South Tay St, Dundee 2009 - Maker of the month, Timespan Heritage and Arts Centre, Helmsdale 2008 - And Then There Were Three, The Strathearn Gallery, Crieff 2008 - The Smithy Gallery, Blanefield, Strathclyde 2007 - Autunno, Galleria Luti, Callander 2007 - Chistmas Exhibition, The Line Gallery, Linlithgow 2007 - Multiplicity, InHouse festival exhibition, Edinburgh 2007 - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Strathclyde 2006 - AE Art, AE Contemporary Art (formerly Eyestorm Gallery), Warwick 2006 - Art at the Biscuit Factory, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2006 - N/A, The Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan 2005 - N/A, Goddards Gallery, Portsmouth 2004 - N/A, Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh 2003 - N/A, Gold Gallery, Edinburgh 2003 - N/A, The Stenton Gallery, Stenton, East Lothian 2000 - British Contemporary Ceramics, James Graham and Sons, New York 2000 - mixed show, The Bellevue Gallery, Edinburgh 1999 - N/A, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews 1998 - British Ceramics, James Graham and Sons, New York, USA 1997 - N/A, Coram Gallery, London 1995 - N/A, Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven 1995 - N/A, The Strathearn Gallery, Crieff 1995 - Recent Works, Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow 1995 - Women Artists, Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington 1994 - The Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsmen 5th Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 1991 - Collective Gallery Festival Exhibition, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh 1991 - The Society of Scottish Artists Centenary Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Commissioned work, Edinburgh 1989 - Fruitmarket Open, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh Artist talks 2011 - Keynote speaker, Makers day: Unite, inspire, champion Scottish craft, Collins Gallery, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XU, Glasgow Workshops 2011 - Winter Warming Relief casting, Callendar Park House, Falkirk 2009 - Adult Ceramic Classes, Cowane Centre, Stirling 2009 - Childrens ceramic workshops, Cowane Centre, Stirling 2008 - Room with a Veiw, Callendar House, Falkirk 2007 - Adult Ceramic Classes, Stirling Council, Stirling 2007 - Childrens ceramic workshops, Stirling Council, Stirling 2007 - Identities, Falkirk Council, Callendar House, Falkirk 2007 - In-service workshop, Bo'ness Academy, Bo'ness 2007 - Sculptural Ceramics, South Lanarkshire Council, Hamilton Town House Residencies 2012 - Strathnaver Museum Residency, Strathnaver Museum, Bettyhill, Sutherland KW14 7SS 2008 - Carrick Knowe PS Artist in Residence, Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh 2007 - Craft Residency, New Lanark Primary School , New Lanark 2005 - Craft Residency, Bo'ness Academy - Falkirk Council, Falkirk, UK Public commissions 1998 - Art in the Forest, Royal Highland Show/ Forestry Commission, Aberfoyle Visitor Centre, UK Projects 2012 - River Crossings, Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington, EH41 3EY 2009 - Edinburgh University Architecture project, Castleview Primary School, Edinburgh 2009 - Sensation, National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, St Andrews and St Brides High School 2008 - Growing Confidence project, Towerbank Primary School, Portobello, Edinburgh 2007 - Children as Artists - A Spot of Imagination, Edinburgh Council - St Catherines PS, Edinburgh Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - Vasefinder Awarded 1st prize 2012 , Seventh Annual Vasefinder International, USA 2011 - Vasefinder, awarded 3rd prize , Vasefinder 6th International 2011, USA 2009 - Creative Development Award, Scottish Arts Council, Awarded funding towards the development of a new body of work for Exhibition. 2009 - Professional Development, Craft Maker Award, Forth Valley 1998 - Selina Goodenough Memorial Prize, Scottish Society of Women Artists 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK 1991 - Awarded Arts Council Grant for commissioned installation, The Society of Scottish Artists Centenary Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK Educational experience - early years 2011 - Texture and Pattern workshop, Broomloan Nursery, Glasgow 2008 - Developing artworks with pupils for nursery grounds, Greengables Nursery , Edinburgh Educational experience - primary 2012 - Ceramics with P2,P3, Grange Primary School, Boness 2011 - Ceramic practice, Sir John Maxwell Primary School, Glasgow 2009 - African studies - Ceramics, Corstorphine Primary School, Edinburgh 2009 - Housing comparisons - ceramics, Sighthill Primary School, Edinburgh Educational experience - secondary 2006 - Creative Futures, Larbert, Falkirk Educational experience - special needs 2009 - Ceramic techniques, Sanderson School - Special Education Needs, East Kilbride 2009 - Relief casting, Greenburn Primary School - Special Needs Education, East Kilbride 2008 - Bringing ceramic techniques to Special Needs Children, Braidburn School, Edinburgh 2008 - Teaching Ceramic techniques to Special Needs Children, Sanderson School, East Kilbride Other 2010 - Professional Membership, Craft Potters Association, London 2003 - Contemporary Ceramics Art, Homes and Interiors Scotland, UK Publication 2002 - Cool, Calm and Collected, Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathrooms feature, UK Publication