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Chris Carter

Chris Carter's personal involvement with farming and the landscape give him a special empathy with his native Britain. He's a genuine "son of the soil" who has worked the land for a living and who still works with some of the substance of that "land" to make his vessels. Within the many layers of his unique glazes, that are first built up and then partially taken back with abrasion and multiple firings, there is contained a search for the essence of an ancient landscape and for the shadows of its creators. These gleanings, so passionately sought, reveal themselves only gradually, like flint artefacts occasionally turned up by the plough.
Chris’s work is thrown and turned with a grooved foot ring. After biscuit firing to 980°C the pieces are washed over with oxides and then glazed with anything up to seven layers of glaze before being gloss fired to 1250°C/1280°C in an electric kiln.

"Chris Carter is taking big steps to make pots with a new kind of strength and texture, matched by an intimate projection beyond the initial impression." Max Mayer.

Biographical Notes
1965 - 68 - Diploma in Art and Design-Ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent College of Art.
Taught by Derek Emms and Geoffrey Whiting.
1968 - Began working full time at Manor House Farm, Grendon.
1971 - Set up present pottery at Highfields Farm, Grendon.
1989 - Warwick Museum. Potter in residence, St. John's House Museum, Warwick.
Major Grant from West Midland Arts for the development of new forms and glaze combinations.
2001 - Gave a lecture at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, where the pots were shown in the Spring Exhibition to mark the publication of the new book about the Lisa Sainsbury Collection written by Cyril Frankel; 'Modern Pots'.
Major creative ambitions award from West Midlands Arts for taking work to America and Cyprus.
Given a grant from the Crafts Council for attending/lecturing at S.O.F.A. in Chicago.
2002 a disastrous fire destroyed most of my workshop. I was back in full production with a bigger kiln by Christmas.
Collaborated with and influenced by farmer/archaeologist - Martin Green, painter - Brian Graham, poet, Paul Hyland and writer/publisher Vivienne Light at Down Farm, Cranborne Chase.


Work in public collections:
The Sainsbury Collection.
P & O Cruise Liner 'Oriana'.
Mansfield College, Oxford
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Publications:
Article commissioned by American magazine 'Ceramics Monthly'
Ceramic Review, London
Feature by Kitty Corrigan - Country Living magazine.
'Inspirations' magazine.
Featured on BBC Radio 4's programme, "The Firing" produced by Rosie Bolton

Commissions:
Office complex, Bristol.
Povl Ahm, Ove Arup Partnership, London.
By designer Hildegard Bechtler on her widely acclaimed set staged at the Almeida Theatre, Islington, and later at the Apollo theatre in the 'West End'.
Collection of work for Solihull Council.
Font for St. Martins-in-the-Delph, Stoneydelph, Staffordshire.

Exhibitions:
1991 Peter Dingley Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon
1992-93-00-02- 04 Ombersley Gallery, Worcester
1994-96 The Hart Gallery, London
1995-99-03-04 Bettles Gallery, Ringwood
1997-04 The Round House Gallery, Derbyshire
1998-00-02-03-05 The Hart Gallery, Islington
2000-02-03-04-05 The Hart Gallery, Nottingham
2000-03-04 The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden
2000-01-02-03 British Art Fair, London
The Second Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park
The Hart Gallery, Cornwall
2000-01-02 S.O.F.A. Chicago
Art 2000, Business Design Centre, London
2001-05 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne
Morphi Gallery, Limissol, Cyprus
Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow, Ireland.
2001-02-03-04 Art London, Chelsea
Salon de Mars, Geneva
2003-05 The Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour
Europ'Art, Geneva
British Art Fair, London
ART form, Palm Beach
Galerie Place Neuve, Avignon
Presence, Ilkley
2004 Maltby Art, Winchester
The Oakwood Gallery, Edwinstone
Riverhouse Gallery, Walton on Thames
2005 "Collect" Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Islington Art Fair
2008 The Hart Gallery
 

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