Approved: 11.10.2010

Zoe Preece

Artist, Maker, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 11.10.2010

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 and the BA/MA Ceramics programmes at Cardiff School of Art and Design, and is Ceramic Tutor for UWC Atlantic College.  Zoe has exhibited both nationally and internationally.  She has recently been selected for the Biennale International de Vallauris, Creation Contemporaine et Ceramique (2016), and was selected as artist in residence for ‘Makers Using Technology’, Design Forum (2015). Recent group exhibitions include selection for The National Eisteddfod of Wales (2015, 2014, 2011), and the British Ceramic Biennial (2011).

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  • Location: Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Curating, Studio practice
  • Categories: Curatorial, Ceramics, Installation, Research, Text
 

Biography

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 and the BA/MA Ceramics programmes at Cardiff School of Art and Design, and is Ceramic Tutor for UWC Atlantic College.  Zoe has exhibited both nationally and internationally.  She has recently been selected for the Biennale International de Vallauris, Creation Contemporaine et Ceramique (2016), and was selected as artist in residence for ‘Makers Using Technology’, Design Forum (2015). 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, a slice of time – extending it just long enough to read.

The meniscus on a spoon filled to the point of tipping: this visual detail has been her point of return for more recent works. The bulging liquid at the very limits of its container and beyond, describes a moment of extended pressure, of pent up potential. The ubiquitous image of spoon a reference point towards connected narratives in the mind of the viewer. A thought, an idea is offered to the viewer through the repeated image of spoon.

‘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

CV & Education

education

2011-2013              Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Cardiff University

2008-2010              MA Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art and Design, UWIC

1995-2000              BA Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art and Design, UWIC

 

professional

2015                        Artist in Residence, Exploration of Materiality, Design Forum Wales, Cardiff

2015                        Co-Curator of The Sensorial Object, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

2015                        Ceramic Tutor, UWC Atlantic College, St.Donats, Wales

2012-Present          Associate Tutor, BA/MA Ceramics, BA Artist: Designer, Maker, CSAD, Cardiff

2012-2013              Associate Tutor, BA Ceramics and Jewellery, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen

 

recent exhibitions

2016                        Bienniale International de Vallauris, Creation Contemporaine et Ceramique

2016                        Mono, Boundary Art Gallery, Cardiff

2016                        ‘An ‘in’ with a Stranger’, Llantarnum Grange Arts Centre

2015                        The National Eisteddfod of Wales 2015, Meifod

2015                        The Sensorial Object, Oriel Q, Narberth

2015                        The Sensorial Object, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff     

2014                        The National Eisteddfod of Wales 2014, Llanelli

2014                        Fireworks Now, Ceramic Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

2014                        The Common Object, Cardiff M.A.D.E Gallery, Cardiff

2014                        Fireworks Now, Y Galeri, Caerphilly

2013                        200 years on: Contemporary Works in Clay, Nantgarw China Museum

2013                        Fireworks Now, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

2013                        Art Craft, Cardiff Arts Collective, Cardiff

2012                        Fireworks Clay Studios, Open Studios, Cardiff

2011                        The British Ceramic Biennial 2011, Stoke-on-Trent

2011                        The National Eisteddfod of Wales 2011, Wrexham and District

2011                        Welsh Artist of the Year 2011, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

2011                        Merge/Diverge, group exhibition, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

2011                        Intro, group exhibition, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

2010                        Group exhibition, Llandaff Hospitality Department, UWIC, Cardiff          

2010                        Intro, group exhibition as part of Cardiff Design Week, Cardiff

2009                        Gathered World, group exhibition, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

 

publications

2015                        Co-editor and contributor to The Sensorial Object Catalogue

2015                        Buzz, Feb. 2015

2015                        Craft, issue no. 252, Jan/Feb 2015

2011                        Ceramic Review, issue no. 251, Sept. /Oct. 2011

2000                        Ceramic Review, issue no. 185, Sept. /Oct. 2000