Hilary Coole MSDC


About Hilary
Hilary’s inspiration takes its roots from the wonderful family photographs of her mum wearing colourful, highly patterned dresses during the 1950s and also her memories of that influential era for fashion and design. Hilary was born in the late 1950s and recollects her first family home and lots of the colours and patterns from that early part of her life. Chatting to her mum and asking her to write down her thoughts and feelings from that time gave Hilary a real sense of her place in the world enabling her to emphasis those feelings and emotions in her colourful, fun, contemporary pieces.
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Hilary Coole is a contemporary ceramic artist producing vessels and functional ware using the process of hand built, slip decorated stoneware slabs. She studied for a degree in ceramics at Carmarthen School of Art and was awarded a 1st and the accolade of student of the year in 2015. After a lifelong career as a graphic designer, coupled with an interest in surface pattern design Hilary embraced the process of hand built, slip decorated stoneware slabs which complimented her graphic and drawing skills.

The thematic focus of Hilary’s work is specifically inspired by her mother’s clothing that featured vibrant 1950s patterns which are captured in her work from both her memories of her mother and old family photographs.

Hilary’s starting point was investigating ideas about belonging, home and a sense of place. This reflective thinking flowed into investigating the form and pattern of her mother’s garments translated into clay. She uses slips, paper resist and sgraffito onto the clay then constructs vessels from these highly decorated slabs.

Hilary exhibits her work in galleries throughout Wales and England, at Art Fairs like Art In Clay and is involved in her local Open Studios event. Her intention is to evoke the fun, emotion and utopian aims of the 1950s in contrast to post war austerity. The work she produces is a colourful, sculptural and contemporary interpretation of an influential era in her life.

A slight aesthetic departure has seen Hilary introduce figures from her extensive lifedrawing archive to her highly patterned pieces. This is an area she hopes to expand on over the coming months as she is always looking to evolve and change, trying new ideas to keep her work vibrant and interesting.

She works from her home studio in the heart of rural Carmarthenshire.

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Galleries Exhibiting Work

You can find my work being exhibited at the following galleries:

Erwood Station Gallery, Llandeilo Graban, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SJ. Tel: 01982 560674. Email: erwoodstationgallery@gmail.com Website: http://www.erwoodstation.com Street Gallery,

King Street Gallery, 33 King Street, Carmarthen SA31 6AH. Tel: 01267 220121. Email: gallery@kingstreetgallery.co.uk Website: http://kingstreetgallery.co.uk

Y Galeri Caerffili, The Visit Caerphilly Centre, The Twyn, Caerphilly CF83 1JL. Tel: 02921. 321870. www.ygalericaerfili.co.uk

Ropewalk Gallery, Maltkiln Road, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5JT. Tel: 01652 660380. Email: craft@the-ropewalk.co.uk Website: http://www.the-ropewalk.co.uk<...

Art Cafe Contemporary Gallery, 42a Flowergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3BB. Tel: 01947 603008. Website: http://www.theartcafe.org.

Oriel MimosaGallery, 70 Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6EN. Tel: 01558 328074, 01558 822215. Email sales feels barrier.co.UK. www.orielmimosa.com

Fitch and Fellows, 18 Butter market, Thame OX9 3EP. Tel: 01844 215099. www.fitchandfellows.com

Hilary Coole has exhibited at the following:

2020 Art In Clay Hatfield, Grounds of Hatfield House

2020 Tywi Valley Open Studios Arts Trail, Home Studio, Llandeilo Area

2020 A Sense of Place, Box Gallery at The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton upon Humber

2019 Spotlight, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen

2019 Art In Clay Hatfield, Grounds of Hatfield House

2019 Tywi Valley Open Studios Arts Trail, Home Studio, Llandeilo Area

2019 North & South Wales Potters, International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth

2018 John Noott Galleries, Broadway, Cotswolds

2018 Art In Clay Hatfield, Grounds of Hatfield House

2018 Fountain Fine Art Gallery, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

2018 Tywi Valley Open Studios Arts Trail, Home Studio, Llandeilo Area

2018 Ceramic Celebration, The Gate Gallery, St clears, Carmarthenshire

2017 Mountains & Moorland, Craft Renaissance, Kemeys Commander, Usk

2017 North & South Wales Potters, Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog

2017 Art In Clay Hatfield, Grounds of Hatfield House

2017 Tywi Vallery Open Studios Arts Trail, Home Studio, Llandeilo Area

2017 Carmarthen School of Art, International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth

2017 North & South Wales Potters, International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth

2016 Christmas Expo Under the Tree II, Square Pegs, Cardigan Guildhall

2016 Mererid Hopwood “Nes Draw”, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen

2016 Art In The Hall, Temperance Hall, Llangathen

2016 Designer Crafts on the Mall, Summer Exhibition with Society of Designer Craftsmen

2016 Fired Up, Ferrers Gallery, Ashby de la Zouch

2016 Tywi Valley Open Studios Arts Trail, Home Studio, Llandeilo Area

2016 Artery 2: Shape-shifters & Spirit lifters, Square Pegs, Cardigan Guildhall

2016 Living Crafts, Emerging Designer-Makers, Grounds of Hatfield House

2016 Jugs & Candlesticks Exhibition, Cecilia Colman Gallery, London

2015 New Blood, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff

2015 Summer Graduates, Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven

2015 Tywi Valley Open Studios Arts Trail, Home Studio, Llandeilo Area

2015 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

2015 Degree Show Carmarthen School of Art, Carmarthen

2014 Aberglasney Winter Fair, Llangathen

2014 Tywi Valley Open Studios Arts Trail, Home Studio, Llandeilo Area

2013 Clay in May at Oriel King Street Gallery Carmarthen

2013 Pot Sale at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen

2013 Aberglasney Winter Fair, Llangathen

2012 Carmarthen Leisure Centre, Carmarthen

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