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Helen Beard

Biography

Working with a Limoges porcelain, Helen throws a simple white ceramic form, on to which she puts a drawing. The technique for drawing is her own researched method of relief print and colour wash, and the result is an image like watercolour and ink.

Each individual pot has an illustration, and when grouped with many more pots, they form a larger picture. Recent work has documented scenes from nature, focusing on fields of wild flowers. These flowers, along with rural animals, tall trees and the odd person add a storytelling element to the work.

Training:
2002-2003 Apprenticeship with studio potter Edmund de Waal.
1998-2001 BA Design and Applied Arts, Edinburgh College of Art, 1st Class Hons
1997-1998 Foundation studies in Art and Design, Liverpool Art School, Distinction

Awards:
2007 Evening Standard Homes and Property award for best domestic
design
2006 UK Trade and Investment award for export, finalist
2005 Crafts Council Development Award
2004 Design for Skandinavia, shortlisted award, UK Trade and Investment
2003 Winston Churchill Memorial Travel Fellowship, awarded grant
for international study of ceramics
2002 Sidney Myer International Ceramic Awards, Victoria Australia: shortlisted
2001 Andrew Grant bequest, scholarship for post graduate studies, Edinburgh College of Art
2001 Helen A Rose bequest for distinctive work, Edinburgh College of
Art

Membership:
2007 Selected maker, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2007 Member and Resident Artist, Craft Central, London

Collections:
2008 Brighton and Hove Museums Trust
2008 Edinburgh Museums and Galleries, Scotland (51 piece installation)
2006 London Southwark council, permanent collection
2006 Broughton gallery, Biggar, Scotland
2003 Donna Karan, New York
2003 Egg, London
2002 Wigglesworth Architects, London
2001 Betty Davies, Scottish fashion international, Edinburgh

Helen Beard

New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard
Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
United Kingdom

01252 713208
gallery@newashgate.org.uk

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