Approved: 16.08.2006

Molly Attrill

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
I have always made domestic pottery although over time the decoration has become the most distinctive aspect of my work. This decoration is predominantly representational - farmyard poultry and fish are favourite themes. I am now seeking to simplify the decoration and at the same time bring more pattern to the figurative designs. I am currently working around the theme of 'The Shipping

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  • Location: Isle of Wight, South East
  • Artforms: Ceramics
  • Tags: mosaic
 

Biography

Concepts I have always made domestic pottery although over time the decoration has become the most distinctive aspect of my work. This decoration is predominantly representational - farmyard poultry and fish are favourite themes. I am now seeking to simplify the decoration and at the same time bring more pattern to the figurative designs. I am currently working around the theme of 'The Shipping Forecast' and am making some Perspex boxed wall pieces on this theme. Influences European earthenware; particularly Majolica, tin glaze traditions. Also modernism and the legacy of Bernard Leach. Key words; blue, narrative, figurative, representational. Career path I worked as an apprentice to Michael Leach (1973) before a full-time studio pottery course at Farnham under Henry Hammond (1974/77). I then worked as a throwing assistant to Ewart Uncles in South West France making wood fired stoneware. I also worked with Marsha Cox at Forks Road Pottery, Ontario, Canada. I taught in prison and adult education classes before setting up my own pottery at Mersley Farm, Newchurch in 1982 as a full-time living. In 1991/93 I did a part-time Postgraduate Diploma Course in Art History at Winchester School of Art and in 1997 I was awarded a Southern Arts Mid Career Bursary to develop Majolica decoration. In 2002/03 I worked with Brother Alexander Tingay, monk of Quarr Abbey, in a mentoring initiative which was funded by Southern Arts. In 2007 I had to move my pottery from an old barn into a bright, modern new studio space nearby on the same farm. My work has been featured in several publications including Seasons a Dutch lifestyle magazine (April 2007) and 20th Century British Decorative Tiles a survey by Chris Blanchet, published in the USA (2006).

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 1999 - Distilled Simplicity, Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight Group exhibitions 2007 - Cross Currents Ceramics for the Centenary of Quarr Abbey, Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight 2002 - Feast, contemporary tableware, Southern Arts Visual Index with Winchester Gallery 2002 - Painting Pots with Victoria Mullins, Rope Store Gallery, Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight 2000 - A Celebration of Fish in Contemporary Art and Craft, The Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, Hertfordshire 1999 - Colourful Christmas, Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire 1998 - Pastoral Artefact, Malvern, Worcestershire 1997 - Everything Stops for Tea, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool 1995 - A Table, Alpha House, Sherborne, Dorset