Rachel Wood British, b. 1962
“The impulsive desire we all have to want to touch, and the inherent emotional need to be touched, underpins the technical, creative and emotional foundations of my work.”
My ceramics are noted for their expressive, visceral, yet calm and considered qualities. Animated and complex surfaces, swathed with layer upon layer of slip and glaze, are carefully nurtured to life and so compel the viewer to their mysterious and hidden depths. Vessels are pinched and coiled, or thrown and altered, using stoneware clay, and fired in an electric kiln.
The irresistible touch of human spirit and physicality merged with the clay are the foundations of my practical and intellectual ethos. Each fingerprint, toolmark, rip and join, traces the playful trail of making with clay, just as every footstep and stride in the landscape infuses the images and feelings in my head and heart. But it is not just about depicting a tactile physical reality through this free and spontaneous process; we are enticed towards a metaphysical world, where the tangible transforms to the calm and acceptance of the intangible.
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark.
Diessen Kulturgemeinschaftsammlung, Diessen Ammersee, Germany.
Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, Australia.
Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, Australia.
Die Neue Sammlung, Bavarian State Design Museum, Munich, Germany.
2017 Diessen Ceramic prizewinner, Diessen Ammersee, Germany.
2016 Die Neue Keramik prizewinner, Oldenburg, Germany.
2017 Harley Foundation
2017 Craft Potters Association Charitable Trust
2013 Arts Council Grants For the Arts
2013 Craft Potters Association Charitable Trust
2009 Craft Potters Association Charitable Trust
2007 Arts Council Grants For the Arts
2004 Arts Council Grants For the Arts
2003 East Midlands Arts Board Mentoring Scheme
2019 Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, Australia.
2017 Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark.
2013 Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, Australia.
2007 Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire.
2007 Assistant to Robin Welch, Suffolk.
2005 Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire.
Regular participation since 2007 in UK at Earth & Fire, Art In Action, Art In Clay, Potfest in the Park, Oxford Ceramic Fair; and internationally at Keramisto (NL), Swalmen (NL), Diessen Ammersee (Germany), Oldenburg (Germany)
‘Glaze Tests’ exhibition, Galerie Handwerk, Handwerkskammer München, Germany
Celebrating Ceramics. Waterperry Gardens, Oxon.
Ceramics In Southwell, Nottinghamshire
Pots and Food, Wardlow Mires, Derbyshire
Oxford Ceramics Fair, Oxford
2020Fired Up, NPA group exhibition, Gallery 6, Newark, Nottinghamshire
The Free Vessel, group exhibition, Galerie Metzger, Johannesberg, Germany.
Bowls, joint exhibition with Ann van Hoey, Terra Delft, Delft, NL.
Vases en Fleurs, group exhibition, Le Lavoir Céramique, Clamart, France.
Ceramic Art London, London.
Exhibition with Turi Heisellberg Pedersen, Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels, Belgium.
Artist showcase, Red Barn Gallery, Cumbria.
Relic exhibition, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
Twenty Twenty Gallery, Shropshire.
Bircham Gallery, Norfolk.
Tangibles exhibition, Contemporary Ceramics, London.
Hidden Depths solo show, Landesmuseum für Kunst & Kulturgeschichte, Oldenburg, Germany.
Les Journées de la Céramique, St Sulpice, Paris.
Out of the Earth exhibition , Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln.
Ceramic Art London, Central St Martins, London.
The Bakers Dozen, Roundhouse Gallery, Derbyshire.
Innovations in Ceramic Art, Cambridge.
Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, Shropshire.
Art In Action demonstrator, Waterperry, Oxon.
Les Journées de la Céramique, Paris, France.
Landscape exhibition, Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford.
Contemporary Ceramics exhibition, St Michael's, Discoed, Powys, Wales.
Galerie Kempro group exhibition, Sterksel, NL.
Young Clay, group exhibition, Keramiekcentrum Tiendschuur Tegelen, NL.
2019 Residential tutor at Sturt Craft Centre, Australia.
2019 Residential tutor at Lehmhuus AG, Switzerland.
2019 Residential tutor at Kunst-Handwerk-Wein School of Ceramics, Austria.
2018 Residential tutor at Kunst-Handwerk-Wein School of Ceramics, Austria.
2018 Residential tutor at La Meridiana, Tuscany, Italy.
2017 Residential tutor at La Meridiana, Tuscany, Italy.
2017 Residential tutor at Keramikgruppe, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany.
2007-10 Secretary for Harley Studio Group, Harley Foundation Studios, Welbeck.
2007-15 Ceramic tutor at Rufford Craft Centre.
2007-10 Sessional ceramic tutor at West Notts College, Mansfield.
2009-10 Ceramic technician p/t, West Notts College.
2007 Visiting lecturer, Nottingham Trent University.
2007 Visiting lecturer at Avondale College, Cooranbong, & University of Canberra, Australia.
2004-07 Arts Strategy & Development Officer, Gedling Borough Council, Nottingham.
2000-04 Project & Community Development Officer (P/T), Rufford Craft Centre.
2004 PGCE Adult & FE Teacher's Certificate.
1996-99 BA Hons in 3D Design (Ceramics), Loughborough College of Art & Design.
1980-84 BA Hons in Modern Languages, Coventry Polytechnic.
Craft Potters Association professional member
Crafts Council Directory member
Northern Potters Association member
FIRST BLUSH: Spring Collection11 Feb - 11 Jun 2022This group exhibition brings together new paintings, prints, ceramics and sculptures by selected artists, whose practice celebrates their reawakening from winter's lockdown: Sam Boughton, Melvyn Evans, Trevor Price, Erin Ward, and Rachel Wood All of these artists are creating works that reflect their personal inner spaces in response to the...