Linda Caswell
 
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grey marbled porcelain agateware dish
 
 
 

Personal information

I live and work in Wales, surrounded by majestic scenery overlooking the Rhinog Mountains. No-one could ask for a more inspirational setting.

Born and brought up in the south of England, I returned there to work after training as a librarian in Aberystwyth. My first experience of clay was at an evening class, and I was so captivated that in 1986 I gave up my career and moved to Harrogate to study ceramics full time. I set up my first studio in Harrogate and continued to live and work there until 1996, when I moved from Yorkshire to my current home and studio in Wales.

My work is available direct from my studio (but please telephone first for an appointment), from a number of galleries and outlets throughout Britain, or at events I attend in person. I can also supply by post.

 

1986-88 Studio ceramics course - Harrogate College of Arts and Technology leading to BTEC in Design (Ceramics)
1988 Licentiateship of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen
1988 Established first studio in Harrogate
1996 Moved to Wales
1997 Established new studio at Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd, North Wales where I contine working
   
Teaching  
1988-96 Part-time lecturer in ceramics. Harrogate College of Arts & Technology - at Harrogate & District Society for the Blind
Current Workshops offered in agateware techniques
   

Exhibition highlights

1988 Royal Baths, Harrogate.
1989 Shipley Arts Gallery, Gateshead.
1990 Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
1991 "Sunrise in the West" - a series of exhibitions celebrating the Japan Festival and held at Shrewsbury, Milton Keynes & Oxford
1992 Yokyo Art Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1993 Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire.
1994  Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde.
1995 Dunham Massey, Altincham.
1996 Harley Gallery, Welbeck.
1998 York City Art Gallery, York.
1999 Cliffe Castle, Keighley
2000 Throstle Nest Gallery, Halifax
2001 North Light Gallery, Huddersfield
2002 Platform Gallery, Clitheroe.
2003 National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth - solo exhibition
2004 Oriel Cambria Gallery, Tregaron
2005 Casa Foa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006 Oriel Ynys Môn, Angelsey
2006 St David's Hall, Cardiff
2006 Theatr Clywd Cymru, Mold, Flintshire
2007 Nant y Coy Arts, Treffgarne Gorge, Pembrokeshire
2008 Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery
2008-9 Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig, Germany
2010 Waterfornt Gallery, Milford Haven
2011 Denbigh Library, Museum & Art Gallery
2012 Booth House Gallery, Holmfirth
2013

Royal Cambrian Academy

2013 Galeri, Caernarfon - solo exhibition
2013-4 MOMA Wales, Powys
2014 Rhyl Library and Arts Centre, Flintshire
2015 Erwood Station Gallery, Llandeilo, Powys
2015 Made & Found Collective, Overton, Wrexham
   
Selected exhibitor at :
  Art in Clay, Hatfield

Clay Art, Denbigh, North Wales
  In House Design for Living, Landmark Arts, Teddington, Middlesex
  Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria.
  Potters' Market, Gladstone Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
  Tredegar House Contemporary Ceramics Fair, Tredegar House, Newport.
   
Publications including my work:
  Samurai undressed by Jacqui Carey. Carey Company, 1995
  Colour in clay by Jane Waller. Crowood Press, 1998
  The complete potter by Steve Mattison. Apple Press, 2003
  Potfest in the pens x 10. Geoff & Chris Cox, 2003
  The potter's dictionary of materials and techniques by Frank & Janet Hamer. A & C Black, 2004
  The potter's dictionary of materials and techniques by Frank & Janet Hamer. A & C Black, 2013 edition about to be published
  Cartref. Casa Foa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2005
  Pottery, the complete guide by Dan Rhode. Quarto Publishing, 2011
  The workshop guide to ceramics by Duncan Hooson & Anthony Quin. Quarto Publishing, 2012
 
Work held in international collections:
  Casa Foa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  Grassi Musem of Applied Art, Leipzig, Germany
  Stoke on Trent Museum
 

Member of:

  The Potters' Gallery - founder member and officer 1983 - current
  North Wales Potters
 
Working Methods - Porcelain agateware:

I work in porcelain, introducing colour into the clay itself to produce a range of decorative agateware: a traditional technique used in a new way. I enjoy exploring the nature of the porcelain I am currently using, which is translucent and very white. This means that I can create very crisp colours and enables me to work with thin sheets of clay.

Basically, I colour some of the porcelain using stains and oxides, and then incorporate this coloured clay into the white body to produce the patterns that I want. I cut a slice from the block of patterned clay and roll it carefully before moulding it to form my vessel.

I glaze only the rims, using a bronze-gold glaze applied to the dry pot before firing. I once-fire in an electric kiln, and wet-sand the resultant work to achieve a satin smooth finish, which has a pleasing tactile quality.

Because my work is very thin the pots have to be supported in the kiln - using a bed of silica sand for each one. Even so, the stresses of the firing can introduce another element of surprise on opening the kiln.

I enjoy the mixture of part control and part serendipity of this making method: I control what colours I use, what proportions, the patterning - and then the random element comes in and every pot will be individual.

My working methods, quite different from those used by most other potters, have evolved over several years and produce highly individual ceramic pieces. I am rarely content to stay where I am from a creative point of view and look forward to developing my work in the future.

Other work:
In order to provide lower priced items of a high quality I make other types of work using similar techniques. These include:
•  earrings and cufflinks combined with commercially available findings
•  earrings made with my own surgical steel fittings, plus matching pendants.
•  ceramic wind chime mobiles

Philosophies:
Do I have any? I'm not really sure that I do. What I do have is a need to create. I like the challenge of mastering a technique and making it my own, and the challenge of designing within the limitations of that technique; particularly within my chosen limitations of a sheet of patterned clay. And I have a desire to give others the opportunity to enjoy the work that I have enjoyed making. I am always glad to pass on any knowledge that I have, so that others can build on my techniques and develop them in their own way.

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