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.



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

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)