Karen Marks MSDC

Ceramics

About Karen
Karen is a ceramic artist who works with porcelain to create flowing abstract sculptures. Her inspiration comes from the coast, and her work aims to evoke memories of those times, times when you were relaxed, when the sound of the waves and the wind was all you could hear, when you were able to relax. Karen’s work is wheel thrown and then reshaped while still damp to capture and retain a sense of movement, energy and vitality.
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Karen’s inspiration comes from the coast and the constantly moving lines of colour in the water, which can be calm or full of energy and drama.


Having worked in London, she feels that time at the coast provides an opportunity to breathe and relax. Her work is intended to be tactile and to evoke some of the emotions and memories from time spent at the coast.


Karen loves the process of throwing and loves working with porcelain. She has recently started adding oxides and stains to the clay to produce a range of colours which she combines with the white porcelain.

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Karen studied Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, graduating in 2014.

Previously the Ceramics Artist in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, where she teaches adult classes.

She is a member of West Forest Potters.


Exhibitions

2022

'Colours of the sea' Solo exhibition at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, 15th January - 20th February

Art in Clay, Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire, 19th - 21st August

Autumn Art Fair Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, 14th - 16th October

Craft and Design Fair, South Hill Park Arts Centre, 12th - 13th November

2021

Craft and Design Fair, South Hill Park Arts Centre, 13th - 14th November

Art in Clay, Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire, 20th August - 22nd August

2020

'Wanting the Sea' Mirror Gallery, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

Art in Clay Online Exhibition

Bath Society of the Arts Online Exhibition

2019

The Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley on Thames

Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

2018

‘Unlikely Perceptions’ The Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley on Thames

'Hand of the Maker' Designer Crafts, Chelsea College of Art and Design

Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Landmark Arts Fair, Teddington

'Alchemy' The Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley on Thames

2017

‘Sea Fever’ Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight

Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Rye Creative Centre, East Sussex

2016

Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire

2015

Open Ceramics, Salisbury Arts Centre

South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire

Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Henley Arts Trail, Waltham St Lawrence, Berkshire

Designer Crafts, Mall Galleries, London

2014

'Time and Tide', New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey

'33@Oxo', Oxo Tower Wharf, London

Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Degree Show, James Hockey Gallery, Farnham, Surrey

2013

Launchpad, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

ISCAEE, Altin Portakal Gallery, Antalya, Turkey

Pewter Live, Worshipful Company of Pewterers, London

'Evolution', Craft Study Centre, Farnham, Surrey

'Handmade', Farnham Museum, Surrey

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