Craig Underhill

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CRAIG UNDERHILL

I was born in Scotland and studied ceramics at Harrow College and then Fine Art at Portsmouth
University. Until recently, my studio for 20 years had been in my garden at my home in the
Midlands, I have now relocated to Cornwall. Here I have aimed to create an inspiring space to work
in which I can be both relaxed, focused and inspired by my surroundings.
I make slab built vessel forms but these essentially act as 3D canvasses for me to explore the
apparently infinite possibilities for mark making that can be achieved with a clay surface and ceramic
materials. I want my work to evoke a feeling of landscapes and places that are effected by time over
both short periods or eons and I want to appreciate landscape not only as grand open vistas but also
as small scale intimate spaces. Although I am based in the Midlands I spend precious time around
the coastline of Devon and Cornwall, this is particularly influential in the development of my work
yet I can also be inspired by the apparently mundane and often unappreciated landscapes in day to
day existence. The activity of collecting and exploring ideas through sketchbooks is an important
part of my creative process and has remained with me from my student days. In sketchbooks I can
push boundaries, be playful, record and investigate in an unpressured way and this helps in the
continuous development of my work.
Although I work in ceramics, I have a strong appreciation of other art forms and an interest in the
create process of a broad spectrum of other artists. I especially enjoy the work of artists like Cy
Twombley, Antoni Tapies and Ben Nicholson.
I exhibit my work at respected galleries across the UK and Europe and my work is held in many private collections.

1968 Born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1985 Left school and started full time course in General Art and Design at Derbyshire College of HE.

1987 HND Ceramics course at Harrow College

1989 BA hons in Fine Art specialising in ceramics at Portsmouth Polytechnic.

1990 Set up Bartonfields Pottery with partner Emma Spence and started teaching at Burton College.

1992 Joined BET 4 Artists group and over the next 5 years took part in exhibitions locally and in France and Germany.

1997 Moved to Stourbridge. Started lecturing job at Dudley College. Built new studio in the garden.

2000 5 Ways in Clay exhibition at Living Gallery in Stourbridge.

2002 Back to the Beach Exhibition at Rufford Craft Gallery, Nottinghamshire.

2004 Application accepted to exhibit at Earth and Fire Ceramics Fair at Rufford, Nottinghamshire. Awarded Arts Council grant for producing and promoting a new body of work.

2005 Reduced teaching commitment at Dudley College to focus on developing and making new work. Exhibited at Tim Andews Woodbury Gallery, Stour Gallery, Art in Clay at Hatfield House. Became professional member of the Craft Potters Association.

2006 Built new and larger studio in the garden. Received 2nd Arts Council grant for producing and promoting a new body of work. Exhibited at Gallery Top and Roundhouse Gallery.

2007 Exhibited at Lund Gallery and Bevere gallery.

2008 Solo exhibition at Alpha House Gallery. Exhibited at Contemporary Ceramics and New Ashgate Gallery.

2009 Exhibited at Gallery Top and Ceramic Art London at the Royal College of Art.

2010 Exhibited at Porthminster Gallery in St. Ives and Ceramic Art London.

2012 Solo Exhibition of Ceramics and Painting at Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives.

2013 4 week residency as an invited artist at the Landscape and Ceramics symposium, Kecskemet, Hungary.

2015 Paysages exhibition with James Campbell at Galerie le Don du Fel, France.

2016 Exhibited at Ceramic Art London and @Collective, Edinburgh.

2017 Exhibition at Bevere Gallery, Worcestershire and solo exhibition of ceramics at New Ashgate Gallery, Hampshire.

2018 Exhibited at Ceramic Art London, Brook Street Pottery, Hay on Wye and Clay College, Stoke on Trent. Ineffable exhibition at Thrown Contemporary, London.

2019 Solo Ceramics exhibition at Stratford Gallery, WarwicKhshire.

2020 Relocated home and studio to Hayle in Cornwall

Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

March 06 Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset

April 06 Art Mill Gallery, Plymouth

Feb 07 Lund Gallery, North Yorkshire

Jan 08 Alpha House Gallery, Sherbourne, Dorset

Aug 09 SCA Gallery, Shrewsbury

May 11 Porthminster Gallery, St Ives

Jan 17 Craig Underhill- Maker in Focus – New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

June 17 Craig Underhill in Focus – Bevere Gallery, Worcestershire

May 19 Craig Underhill Ceramics – Stratford Gallery, Warwickshire

Collections

Commissions and Awards

Nov 03 3 large pieces made for the Cielo Restaurant, Birmingham

Feb 04 Arts Council Grant for producing promotional material and new work

April 06 Arts Council Grant to produce and promote a new body of work