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Rosie Venables

In the 80s I studied Art and Design at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, as my main subject on a BEd degree.

I started doing ceramics as a way of coping with our elder son’s death: I found working with clay therapeutic and it enabled me to re-engage with life.

Chicken-Teapots-2Adult Ed classes in ceramics then led to a BTEC in glass, metals and ceramics and then a BA in ceramics at Bath Spa University.  I did my degree part-time, so it took me five years. For my final degree show I created two works – a series of platters interpreting the song ‘Green Grow the Rushes Oh’ and an installation based on my interest in the lost villages of Wessex.

I gained a first and was lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship to do an MA in ceramics at Bath School of Art and Design. For my final work on my MA I concentrated on celebrating the significance and pleasure found in everyday life, creating a series of quirky bowls with dogs on them, aiming to create a watercolour effect.

To begin with, all my work with clay was a tribute to our young son, who was funny and joyful and mischievous, and these are qualities I still aim to incorporate in my work.   I was brought up in Kenya and the bright colours, exotic flowers and animals I encountered during my childhood still influence my work. But each project is different and reflects my interests at that moment – for example I have recently become intrigued by the pebble mosaic floors in Andalucian towns, so am thinking about creating a work in ceramics that develops this.

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Education:

1981 – 1986
Studied Art and Design at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London
as part of a BEd degree. Qualified to teach
1990 – 1991
Studied garden design at Lackham Agricultural College for a Certificate in Horticulture
2004 – 2006
BTEC in ceramics, metals and glass at City of Bath College
2006 – 2011
BA in ceramics, Bath Spa University. First class hons.
2011 – 2014
Offered a scholarship to study part-time for an MA in ceramics,
Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University

Exhibitions:
May 2011
Final year BA show at Bath Spa University
June 2011
‘New Designers’ group show, Islington, London
July 2011
‘Tent’, Brick Lane, London – group show
September 2011
Art in Clay ceramics show, Hatfield House
September 2012
Installation ‘Slaves’ exhibited at the Holburne Museum, Bath
May 2013
Larkhall art festival, Larkhall, Bath – open studio show
May 2014
Final year MA show at Bath School of Art and Design.
June 2014
‘New Designers’ group show, Islington, London

Galleries and Collectors:

‘Made in Bradford-on-Avon’ artists’ co-operative.
Work in private collections in the UK

Studio visits welcome by appointment. Private commissions undertaken.

Tel: +34 658 765 467 (Mobile)
E-mail: roven@btinternet.com
Web: www.rosievenables.com