Contemporary hand thrown and carved porcelain vessels made in England

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About


Andrew Wicks graduated from the Royal College of Art Ceramics & Glass MA course in 1997 and was awarded a Setting Up Grant by the Crafts Council in 1999.
Having worked in slip-cast porcelain for over ten years Andrew decided to take on a new challenge and taught himself to throw in porcelain clay in 2006. Throwing gives a versatility and freedom to create unique forms and differing scales. Once the vessels are thrown and turned the design is carefully marked up onto the smooth pot ready for the intensive process of hand carving. Andrew uses a large number of hand tools to create his faceted, textured forms. Once carving is completed each piece is slowly dried out over many days. They are initially biscuit fired and then glaze fired to 1250 -1260 degrees Celsius.
Andrew usually works in groups of vessels as he enjoys the visual relationship between the forms. The textured surfaces evident in Andrew's work are often inspired by patterns found in the natural world such as fossils, coral reefs and magnified plant forms.
Andrew’s work has been featured in many galleries and ceramic exhibitions in the UK, Europe and USA.

Education
1995-1997   
Ceramics and Glass MA (RCA)  
The Royal College of Art, London
1992-1995   
WMCP, 3D Design BA (Hons)
University of Brighton, Brighton
1991-1992   
Foundation Studies in Art & Design
Leicester Polytechnic, Leicester

Awards
1999   Crafts Council Setting Up Grant
2001   Member, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2001   Adrian Sassoon Arts of the Kiln Award
2001   Winner of Design for Scandinavia Award­­­
2001   Shortlisted for Elle Decoration Magazine Awards

Public Collections
British Council
Abingdon Museum, Oxford
Crafts Council, London

 
I have always been drawn to working with porcelain for its purity in colour, refinement in material qualities and the continuous yet enjoyable challenge of working with such a physically difficult material which shrinks, cracks, warps, twists and generally can misbehave unexpectedly.
 
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Year Marks


My first maker's mark was carved in plaster but after a year and a half this wore down and was remade by my jeweller friend Gerlinde Huth who made a beautiful brass one which is still going strong and getting better after 17 years. It has quite often been nearly lost and rescued within clay scraps from turning. Long may this useful (and treasured) tool last!

Each year I carve a plaster date mark. These have proved very useful over the years  as I can see how qualities in my work have changed and improved over the years.

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 My brass makers mark

My brass makers mark

 

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