Jitka Palmer

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Overview

My work is figurative, narrative and expressive, inspired by stories and themes.
I love watching people, their body language and facial expressions and I am on lookout for a special moments and situations accompanying every human activity.
I use my sketchbooks, my books and my CDs as valuable collection of raw material.
Drawing and painting on clay surface is a pivot of my work.
I particularly like capturing the movement and energy of people in various activities like work, sport and music.
I love the challenge of quick intuitive drawing without unnecessary detail.
The effect of the graffiti, which can be exercised so liberally in ceramics, gives me immense, almost physical pleasure.
It serves as a visual storage of energy.
I draw on personal experiences, past and present, with a view to reflect the spontaneity of ordinary human life.
I make clay vessels and sculptures, painted with slips, oxides and stains.
I carve sculptures from Bath and Portland stone.
I draw and paint on paper in watercolour, pastel and ink.
I have exhibited in Britain, Europe and USA. My work is in private and public collections including Musee National de Ceramique, Paris.

1959 Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
1983 Set up first cottage studio in a village in Moravia.
1984 Qualified as a doctor of medicine of Masaryk University, Brno.
1984-1985 Anatomy tutor at the Masaryk University, Brno
1985 Moved to England.
1987 Completed BTEC Ceramic Course, Croydon College of Art & Design
1990 Received Crafts Council Setting-up grant
1990-1995 Worked as a free-lance artist in London.
1995-1998 Tutor at Brno Faculty of Fine Arts, (anatomy and morphology for artists)
1998 Grant for Anatomy and Morphology for Artists, Brno Faculty of fine Arts.
1998 Moved back to England, since then living and working in Bristol.
1999 Received a Marketing Bursary from South West Arts
1999 Received a South West Arts Craft Award 1999/2000
2000 Professional Membership of Craft Potters Association (CPA)
2002 Received a South West Arts Craft Award 2001/2002
2010 City of Bath College Stonemasonry Achievement Award
2011 Stonemasonry Work Experience at Woodchester Mansion, Gloucesterhire
2011 Completed Stone Masonry Course at City of Bath College
2012-15 Drawing Medicine Project, Anatomy Department, Bristol University

 

Exhibitions

Music and Books. My Life’s Pleasures.
1 – 15 October 2016

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