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8A6AC0DE-69B2-49BF-A222-7F77A7182C80@ Carol Feehan @ Gareth Nash @ Victoria Gretchen Carter @ Susan Zeppellini

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Carol Feehan

BA Honours Degree, South Wales University

Carol Feehan obtained her degree at the University of South Wales as a mature student. Her love of ceramics resulted in her being awarded a year scholarship in Fireworks Clay Studios, Cardiff. After this she was a resident Ceramicist for four years at Nantgarw China Works where she has run numerous classes and workshops for both adults and children. 

I Was Innocent Once….

This is a body of work that is still in progress and involves around the childhood games that I played growing up in the 70’s. My love of animals plays a key part to all my work and along with colour, humour and anthropomorphic features ‘I Was Innocent Once…’ Plays with the viewers emotions and interpretation through using games as metaphors for the sometimes sinister and negative issues that affect society, especially children, today.

Carol Feehan

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Gareth Nash

Gareth interest in horses started at an early age when his grandmother encouraged him to model them in plasticine.  Interested in developing a creative career he graduated from the University of Wales Cardiff with a first class degree in Ceramics.

After a short time teaching he took up a scholarship at the Royal Collage of Art completing an M.A.  Gareth’s research involves the history of the horse in ceramics, it’s religious connections and how different cultures have built and embellished them.

Gareth has exhibited extensively across the UK and internationally in Germany, The Netherlands, Ghana, West Africa and China.  Supported by the Arts Council of Wales he has produced two successful solo exhibitions that have toured across Wales.  His current research project involves developing new ways of building clay horses and tomb figures from the Wei and Tang dynasties.

His work is in public collections including The Royal College of Art, London, Fule International Ceramic Art Museum, Fuping, China, Keramik Museum, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany, Keramiek Centrum, Netherlands.

Gareth is passionate about ceramic education and has written articles and appeared in programs produced by S4C and BBC News.  “ Using the plasticity of clay to express human emotions is instinctive, exploring the artistic quality of this medium is exciting and challenging”.

Gareth Nash

Dip Ed, B.A (hons) M.A, RC

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Victoria Gretchen Carter

Victoria Gretchen Carter is a potter, knitter, wire manipulator, stitcher and all-round renaissance woman. Originally from a tiny place in England you’ve probably never heard of, now living and working in South Wales, for reasons of love.

“I’ve struggled with being me for as long as I could think. My otherness has been both a battle and a joy. The only time I really know who I am is when I’m making. I found it in a roundabout way, half-way through a brain-numbing degree course. Feeling a bit lost, I found a raku evening class at a nearby college. Immediately the clouds lifted, angels sang and I finally knew what was meant to happen; I was supposed to make stuff. Ever since then I’ve been teaching myself all manner of things. Whether it be clay, wool, wire or a needle and thread, I’m always working at something, usually several projects at the same time, in the pursuit of the elevation of craft.
Craft is not a dirty word and I’m not afraid to use it.”

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Susan Zeppellini

BA Honours, First Class, University of South Wales

Susan Zeppellini, was born in São Paulo, Brazil and now lives and works in South Wales, where she is BaseArt director and founder. As an artist she specialises in ceramic sculpture but also exhibits drawings and paintings throughout the UK, Europe and South America.

My ceramic sculptures and paintings are a visual journey through mythology, referencing narratives rooted in beliefs descended from many ancient civilisations throughout the world.

‘My art reflects the complexity of my own identity through the exploration of the multifaceted cultures that I have experienced where folklore, structured religion, societal structures of class and race or even black magic co-exist.

I consider myself a story-teller creating worlds where the fantastical exists alongside the real world but sometimes these two worlds collide. In this regard the visual narratives I create represent ‘otherworldly scenery’ that seeks to truly reflect the complex world that I have experienced, or more succinctly my own reality.

Susan Zeppellini

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