Zoe Preece

Zoe Preece

Artist, Maker, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

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

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Location Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Activities Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Curating, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Curatorial project, Ceramics, Installation, Research, Text
Website http://www.zoepreece.com