Claudia Clare

1998 QEST Scholar - Ceramics

Claudia makes large, painted pots that record the effect of social change and historic events on ordinary lives. ‘Pots,’ she says, ‘are our museum pieces and our archaeological evidence: mine are the contemporary version.’ In 2013 she was selected for the Award Show 2013 for the British Ceramics Biennial and, in the same year, took part in ‘In the Name of Honour,’ a major show of international artists in support of a domestic and honour-based violence charity. Writing in the Financial Times, (2012), the critic Jackie Wullschlager wrote: ‘This is history painting from a democratic viewpoint, in a domestic medium, which celebrates the handmade material object as well as art’s political subversion.’

Since receiving her QEST Scholarship, Claudia has moved from grant-maintained artist to artist-scholar – she completed her PhD at the University of Westminster in 2007 – to represented artist and published writer. She is the author of Subversive Ceramics (Bloomsbury 2015), she contributes regularly to Ceramic Review and she was co-author, with Edmund de Waal of The Pot Book (2011).