About

I live near to Carmarthen Bay, a fascinating conjunction of three rivers where the boundaries of land, sky and sea meet and move in constantly changing patterns. Walking on the beach as often as I can I am drawn to random objects washed up  on the shore.

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I find these fascinating visually, they have been sculpted and painted by the elements but also intriguing is the story of how they got there.

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When walking the shore you cannot help become aware of the amount of waste littering the area. Objects and possessions are consumed and almost immediately are thrown out. Items are now made with built in obsolescence, skills and crafts start to disappear.

My work aims to question this. It is always handbuilt and does not hide the marks which show how it was made. The material is not disguised either, I like to let the clay have a say in its form and texture and choose firings in which the actions of the flames make their own marks.

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Very often I will include muds and crushed rocks from the area to add to the clay or for surface decoration. I aim to make work that reflects the landscape, revels in its own materiality and intrigues the viewer with the possibilities of a narrative.

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I graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramics from the Carmarthen School of Art, Coleg Sir Gar. I am a registered artist with Gofal Celf (Arts Care), a charity promoting community projects with artists

Forthcoming Shows and Exhibitions

May 2017 – Oriel Mimosa @ Hay Festival

30th June-2nd July 2017 – with Carmarthen School of Art at ICF Aberystwyth

August 2017 – Art in Clay @ Hatfield

February / March 2018 – Solo Show, Oriel Bevan Jones, Carmarthen

Shows and Exhibitions

November/ December 2016 – Art at the Hall, Llangathen Hall

November 2016 – Art in Clay, Farnham

October 2016 – Oxford Ceramics Fair

August 2016 – Art in Clay, Hatfield

May – August 2016 – “Fairy Tales”, Theatr Clwyd, Mold

May – July 2016 – Oriel Bevan Jones, Carmarthen

October 2015 – Handmade at Kew, Kew Gardens, London

August 2015 – Powerhouse Summer Exhibition, Llandysul

July 2015 – Tywi Valley Open Studios

June 2015 – Mud, Glorious Mud, Oriel Bevan Jones, Solo Exhibition

May 2015 – Black and White, The Ceramic House, Brighton

January 2015 – Society of Designer Craftsmen, the Mall Galleries, London

December 2014 – King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, Coleg Sir Gar Selected Graduates

November 2014 – Unfolding, Nant Garw China Works, Graduate show

September 2014 – Wales Millennium Centre – Graduate 2014

July 2014 – ‘Dan y Wyneb’, National Eisteddfod, Llanelli

July 2014 – Summer Show, Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven

June 2014 – New Designers, London

May 2014 – Degree show, Coleg Sir Gar

April 2014 – West Wales Applied Arts show, Oriel y Parc

January 2014 – Oriel Bevan-Jones, members show

Decenber 2013 – Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival

August 2013 – Waunifor Summer Show, on the Ceredigion Arts Trail

July 2013 – Oriel Bach, Swansea

May 2013 – Clay in May, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen

Awards

Oriel Bevan Jones prize, “Highlighting mental health”

Outlets

Oriel Bevan Jones, King Street, Carmarthen.   http://www.acgc.co.uk/home_eng.htm

Galeri Betws, Betws-y-coed

Artmill galleries, Plymouth and Dartmouth. http://www.artmillgalleries.co.uk/

Oriel Mimosa, 6, Market Street, Llandeilo.   01558 822215

Dot Clothing,   22 Royal Arcade, Cardiff, Glamorgan CF10 1AE, GB | 07445551377

Staacks Gallery, 83 Banks Road , West Kirby , Wirral , CH480RA

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