Approved: 30.08.2016

Martin Harman Art

Artist, Maker

Approved: 30.08.2016

British artist based in Bristol UK, creating one-off surreal ceramic sculpture, drawings and paintings.

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    Artist Statement

    British artist based in Bristol UK, creating one-off surreal ceramic sculpture, drawings and paintings.

    My artistic purpose is to create art that seeks to evoke curiosity. It is up to the viewer to explore their imagination and make decisions about what they are seeing. The ideas behind my artworks has to resonate with me and at times it can be interchangeable with my own experience. I want to communicate a fascination for the unknown as life is full of questions. 

    The Historic English Heritage monument Stonehenge helped me to develop this way of thinking. To this day its purpose and meaning still largely remains unknown. It forces myself to be curious, to learn anew and reflect upon my existence. 

    I do not intend to replicate its presence in any way but use this as a foundation to generate ideas around imagination, possibility and curiosity. These resulting artworks can be described as surreal, unusual and thought provoking.

    I am also a UNESCO? International Academy of Ceramics IAC member.

    For further information about my ideas please see my blog at: or any of my social media channels.

    CV & Education

    Martin Harman

    2010-2012  MA Ceramics, UWIC Cardiff School of Art and
                        Design, UK
    2007-2010  BA, Three Dimensional Design Ceramics, UCA,
                        Farnham, UK  

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

    Group Exhibitions  

    UK & Europe
    2019  Symposium Exhibition at the Kapolna Gallery, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét,  Hungary 
    2019  Bath society of artists 114th Annual Open Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK
    2019  Exhibit Here's Hope Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London, UK
    2018  The London Ultra 2018, Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK
    2018  Group Exhibition at XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild, Glücksburg Castle, Germany
    2018  IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018, National Museum of Slovenia –  Metelkova
    2018  Drawing Through Clay, Bath Spa University Sion Hill Campus, Bath UK
    2018  Sites Unseen, Studio 11, Kingston Upon Hull, UK 
    2018  Ways of Seeing, Hours Gallery, Bristol, UK
    2017  Millfield Summer Show 2017, The Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, UK
    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  Blackwells Art & Poster Shop, Oxford, UK
    2016  Breath of Fresh Air, Byard Art Gallery, Cambridge, UK
    2016  Inner Connections, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
    2015  East Meets West, Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol, UK
    2015  Open Ceramics 2015, Sailsbury Arts Centre, UK
    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

    Asia & Australia 
    2018  IAC Members Exhibition New Orientalia, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
    2018  IAC Members Exhibition-Free Expression, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
    2016  ICMEA 2016 Emerging artists competition, International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, China
    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  The Human Condition, MADL (mixed Art Design Life), Taipei, Taiwan

    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
    2014  Bristol First Collective, who purchased his sculpture Juxtaposed at the 161stAnnual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy,Bristol, UK
    Public Collections

    • The flies eggs, Wax on, Stone effect - International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
    • Escape - The National Museum of Slovenia
    • Circle Cluster and Od-toed Ungulate- Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Sweet Tooth, Honey on the Water and Night as Day - XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild 2018
    • Solitude - New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
    • QQ  - International Ceramic Art Museum, China
    • Hypnagogia - Cluj Art Museum, Romania 
    • Juxtaposed - Bristol First Collective, Bristol
    • Sunrise - The National Museum of Slovenia

    Residencies & Symposiums
    2019  Symposium at the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary. (Invited guest) 
    2018  Cross-cultural Identity Through Clay, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. (Residency)
    2018  XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild 2018, Glücksburg Castle, Römhild, Germany. (Invited guest) 
    2017  Drawing Through Clay Bundanon Trust, Bundanon, New  South Wales, Australia. (Residency?)
    2015  Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark. (Residency)
    2009  Attended: ISCAEE, Ceramic Biennial, Incheon, South Korea, ceramic artwork exhibited.
    2008  Attended: ISCAEE, Ceramic Biennial, Kenya, ceramic artwork exhibited at the National Museum. 


    2019  Presentation: Symposium, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
    2018  Presentation: XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild, Glücksburg Castle, Römhild, Germany 
    2017  Presentation and demonstration: National Taiwan University of Arts
    2016  The Relationship between Research and Practice, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
    2015  The Relationship between Research and Practice, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
    2019  Ceramics Ireland Issue 42 2018 p48, 49 
    2016  International Contemporary Artists Vol Xl, p372
    2016  The World of Interiors, February, Design Report, p148
    2013  Aesthetica-The Art & Culture Magazine, December/January, Issue 50 artists' directory, p141