Approved: 30.08.2016

Martin Harman

Artist, Maker

Approved: 30.08.2016

Statement

I create unique handmade ceramic sculpture and I am based in Bristol, UK.

The concept behind my ceramic sculpture is born from my observations with the Historic English Heritage monument Stonehenge as this provokes and inspires a deep fascination for me. This is because to this day its purpose and meaning still largely remains unknown. It forces myself to learn anew

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Contexts: Built environment, Design, Studio practice
  • Artforms: Ceramics, Sculpture
  • Tags: ceramic sculpture, organic sculpture, architectural sculpture, black sculpture, sculpture, abstract sculpture, architectural, geometric sculpture, black and blue sculpture, black and white sculpture, pink sculpture, architecture sculpture, wall sculpture
 
 

Biography

Statement

I create unique handmade ceramic sculpture and I am based in Bristol, UK.

The concept behind my ceramic sculpture is born from my observations with the Historic English Heritage monument Stonehenge as this provokes and inspires a deep fascination for me. This is because to this day its purpose and meaning still largely remains unknown. It forces myself to learn anew and ask questions. Therefore I do not intend to replicate its presence in any way but use this as a foundation to generate ideas around construction, imagination, possibility and curiosity, all of which are a response to my research with this monument.
 
I would like my sculpture to invite new ways of seeing and experiencing and to also allow each viewer to interpret the work differently. Additionally I would like the work to give the viewer the opportunity to discover their own curiosity of what these artworks might mean. It is hoped my work can inspire the perceptions people have about seeing the world around them.

It is these ideas that I embody within the ceramic sculptures I create.

My sculpture develops from a construction. Depending on the type of sculpture being made the making process can consist of a combination of  singular components thrown on the potter’s wheel using traditional throwing skills combined with hand-building techniques or individual parts. I commonly apply coloured slips and glaze to the forms to create depth and contrast. 

For further information about my current ideas please see my blog at…www.martinharman.blogspot.co.uk? or the Research page on my website.

CV & Education

CV
Martin Harman
E-mail: martindharman@gmail.com

Website: www.martinharmanceramics.com


Education
2010-2012  MA Ceramics, (Merit), UWIC Cardiff School of Art and
                   Design, UK
2007-2010  BA, Three Dimensional Design Ceramics, (2:1), UCA,
                   Farnham, UK  

Solo Exhibitions
2017  Reimagining Stonehenge, Workers Gallery, Porth Wales UK 

Group Exhibitions

2017  Summer Open Exhibition Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK                2017  Creekside Open, A.P.T Gallery, London, UK                                                                        2016  WAC Wells Art Contemporary, The Bishop's Palace, Wells, UK
2016  30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Gallery,
          Australia
2016  Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics  
           Museum, Taiwan
2016  Chun Tao (Spring Ceramics), Mad L Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2016  Blackwells Art & Poster Shop, Oxford, UK
2016  Breath of Fresh Air, Byard Art Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2016  The Human Condition, MADL (mixed Art Design Life), Taipei, Taiwan
2016  Inner Connections, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2015  East Meets West, Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol
2015  Open Ceramics 2015, Sailsbury Arts Centre.
2015  CLUJ International Ceramics Biennale, Cluj-Napoca Museum of Art, Romania.
2015  International Triennial of Ceramics UNICUM 2015, National
          Museum of Slovenia - Metelkova
2015  Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery Farnham, UK
2015  Transformation, 44AD Artspace, Bath, UK
2014  30th Annual Open Exhibition??, CGP London, UK
2014  Wells Art Contemporary, Wells and Mendip Museum, UK
2014  Materiality, 44AD Artspace, Bath, UK
2014  Fringe Art Bath Open Prize, UK
2013  161st Annual Open Exhibition, RWA, Bristol, UK
2013  The Competitive Exhibition of the 8th International Biennial of
          Ceramics presented by the City of Kapfenberg, Cultural Center, Austria
2012  53 Degrees North, The New School House Gallery, York, UK 
2012  Great Summer Exhibition, Butetown History & Arts Centre,
          Cardiff, Wales, UK

Fair
2016. Made by Hand, City Hall Cardiff, UK
2016  Top Drawer Craft, Olympia, London, UK
2015  Ceramic Art York, Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery,
          UK
2015  The Other Art Fair Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2014  Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Candid Arts Trust,
          London, UK
 
Awards 
2014  Bristol First Collective, who purchased his sculpture Juxtaposed at the 161st Annual Open            Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Collection

Solitude - New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
QQ  - Fuping Pottery Art Village, China
Hypnagogia - Cluj Art Museum, Romania 
Juxtaposed - Bristol First Collective, Bristol
Sunrise - The National Museum of Slovenia

Residency
2015  Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark

Presentations
2016  The Relationship between Research and Practice, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramicc Museum, Taiwan
2015  The Relationship between Research and Practice, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK

Symposia
2009  Attended: ISCAEE, Ceramic Biennial, Incheon, South Korea,
          ceramic artwork exhibited    
2008  Attended: ISCAEE, Ceramic Biennial, Kenya, ceramic artwork
          exhibited at the National Museum 

Publications
2016  International Contemporary Artists Vol Xl, p372
2016  The World of Interiors, February, Design Report, p148
2013  Aesthetica-The Art & Culture Magazine, December/January
          2013, Issue 50 artists' dire