Maria Wojdat

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Overview

My work as a graphic designer is a major influence – the precision I learned when creating artwork on a drawing board combined with the organic nature of clay is the basis of my work in clay. Line has always been important, from a small child watching my father, a structural engineer, draw perfect black lines on his technical drawings to my own as a graphic designer in producing artwork for print. Now I attempt to create equally perfect lines in 3 dimensions around a form – it’s an exploration into finding the balance between spontaneity and control and the relationship between the geometric and the organic. Intuitive, almost unconsidered movements allow and encourage organic forms to emerge. Precise and controlled movements create clean lines. Each piece is a making journey which encompasses elements of chance and explores the balance between line, form and colour.

Artist Statement

My early creative training and work was in graphic design, it was a time when the industry was changing from drawing boards to computers. As my work became more computer based I realised I missed using my hands and making things, that realisation led me to ceramics and an MA in ceramic design at Bath Spa University. Since graduating I have exhibited nationally and internationally and now work from my studio in Bath.

Education:

2007 MA in Ceramic Design, Bath Spa University College, (Distinction)
1986 BA(hons) Graphic Design, University West England (2:1)

Awards:

2008-09 Crafts Council Development Award
2008 Emerging Makers Scheme – Artsmatrix and Crafts Council

Exhibitions

Exhibitions and Events

2018 Oxford Ceramics Fair
2017 Colour Connections (Maria Wojdat & Sara Moorhouse)- Contemporary Ceramics Centre
2017 Cornucopia – Jaggedart, London
2017 Hepworth Wakefield – work in conjunction with Howard Hodgkin exhibition
2017 Ceramics in the City – Geffrye Museum
2017 Christmas Shows – Gallery Nine, Bath. Arundel Contemporary, Arundel.

2016  London Art Fair (represented by Jaggedart),
2016 Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Showcase,
2016 Bevere Gallery – Christmas Show

2015 Ceramic Art London,
2015 @Collective, Scotland,
2015 Made London,
2015 Snug Gallery – Winter Show
2015 Jaggedart – Winter Show,
2015 Contemporary Ceramics Centre – Winter Show

2014   Voir et Percevoir – Galerie du Don – France,
2014 Featured Maker (February) – Bevere Gallery – Worcester
2014 Christmas Exhibitions at Gallery Nine, Bath; The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle and Smith’s Row, Bury St Edmunds

2013 Ceramic Art London, ‘Here Comes the Sun’
2013 Leeds City Art Gallery, Winter Show
2013 1 Church St Gallery – Bucks

2012 Made 12, Brighton,
2012 Fired Art, Rye Art Gallery

2011 Ceramic Art London
2011 Rye Art Gallery Summer Show
2011 Fiesta, Leach Gallery, St Ives

2010 Ceramic Art London;
2010 Exchange – Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
2010 Autumn Show, The Biscuit Factory
2010 Christmas Shows, Gallery Nine, Bath; The Black Swan, Frome.

2009 Ceramic Art London
2009 Bluecoat, Liverpool
2009 Craft Focus – Dundee Contemporary Arts
2009 Members Showcase, Devon Guild
2009 ‘Colour’ – Craft2Eu, Hamburg

2008 Designer Crafts at the Mall, London
2008 Open Arts Competition Exhibition,
2008 Black Swan Gallery, Frome
2008 Carpe Diem, Devon Guild
2008 Mid-Century Modern, London
2008 Views from the Hill, the Studio Gallery, Somerset.

2007 New Designers, London
2007 The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey.

Collections

Publications:

Interiors; Elle Decoration; Elle Decoration (Polish Edition)
La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo; House and Garden
Ceramics Monthly; Sunday Times Home;
Architectural Digest; The Trend Bible, Ceramic Review

Memberships:

Professional Member Craft Potters Association