Approved: 30.08.2016

Martin Harman

Artist, Maker

Approved: 30.08.2016

Statement

I am a British artist who creates unique handmade ceramic sculpture, based in Bristol, UK.
 
The concept behind my ceramic sculpture is born from my observations with the Historic English Heritage monument Stonehenge. This inspires a deep fascination for me. 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 imagination, possibility and
curiosity. These ideas are translated through a constructive process that I use to create each individual sculpture. These results can be categorised into themes such as clouds, organic architecture and personal experience.
 
The making process consists of a combination of singular components that are cut up and joined together to create a whole form. Components are thrown on the potter’s wheel using traditional throwing skills and combined with slab-built individual parts. I commonly apply coloured slips and glaze to the forms to create depth and contrast. Most of my sculptures are made from stoneware and fired between 1230-1280c.
 
My sculpture is intended to invite new ways of seeing and experiencing. It allows viewers the opportunity to evoke their own curiosity through questioning the meaning behind the work.
e ideas are translated through a constructive process that I use to create each individual sculpture. These results can be categorised into themes such as clouds, organic architecture and personal experience.
 
The making process consists of a combination of singular components that are cut up and joined together to create a whole form. Components are thrown on the potter’s wheel using traditional throwing skills and combined with slab-built individual parts. I commonly apply coloured slips and glaze to the forms to create depth and contrast.
 
My sculpture is intended to invite new ways of seeing and experiencing. It allows viewers the opportunity to evoke their own curiosity through questioning the meaning behind the work.

For further information about my ideas please see my video at http://www.martinharmanceramics.com/statement.html.

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    Biography

    Statement

    I am a British artist who creates unique handmade ceramic sculpture, based in Bristol, UK.
     
    The concept behind my ceramic sculpture is born from my observations with the Historic English Heritage monument Stonehenge. This inspires a deep fascination for me. 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 imagination, possibility and
    curiosity. These ideas are translated through a constructive process that I use to create each individual sculpture. These results can be categorised into themes such as clouds, organic architecture and personal experience.
     
    The making process consists of a combination of singular components that are cut up and joined together to create a whole form. Components are thrown on the potter’s wheel using traditional throwing skills and combined with slab-built individual parts. I commonly apply coloured slips and glaze to the forms to create depth and contrast. Most of my sculptures are made from stoneware and fired between 1230-1280c.
     
    My sculpture is intended to invite new ways of seeing and experiencing. It allows viewers the opportunity to evoke their own curiosity through questioning the meaning behind the work.
    e ideas are translated through a constructive process that I use to create each individual sculpture. These results can be categorised into themes such as clouds, organic architecture and personal experience.
     
    The making process consists of a combination of singular components that are cut up and joined together to create a whole form. Components are thrown on the potter’s wheel using traditional throwing skills and combined with slab-built individual parts. I commonly apply coloured slips and glaze to the forms to create depth and contrast.
     
    My sculpture is intended to invite new ways of seeing and experiencing. It allows viewers the opportunity to evoke their own curiosity through questioning the meaning behind the work.

    For further information about my ideas please see my video at http://www.martinharmanceramics.com/statement.html.

     

    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