Jo Davies Portrait by Layton Thompson
 

About Jo Davies

I believe in Making as a vehicle for expression, for the articulation of thoughts that cannot be expressed through language. I discovered this about clay when I was a teenager and knew that it would become a big part of my life quite quickly. A few years later my training in ceramics took me to Bath School of Art and Design, to do a pure Ceramics degree – where I learnt the craftsmanship required to bring my ideas to fruition through gradual, methodical instruction from many leading practitioners. When I moved on to take my Masters at the Royal College of Art the skills I already had were deepened and stretched in this intensive environment.

Since that time I have worked with private clients, companies and institutions at home and abroad -  such as Heals, The National Portrait Gallery, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Trust, the Hepworth Wakefield and The Cheongju International Craft Competition in South Korea, which holds my work in its permanent collection.

Whilst in recent years I exclusively make my own work at the studio, in the early days I worked with artists like Charlotte Hodes and Gavin Turk, either to produce, or advise on, their ideas using ceramics. This gave me a grounding in working closely with people, teaching me the nature and delicacy of creating bespoke items in the studio - the work, patience and care required.

For the last 10 years I have specialised in wheel-throwing porcelain. Porcelain objects are renowned for their beauty and delicacy but, as a maker, it is an amazing material to work with because of its elastic and fluid feel as a clay. These material qualities lend themselves to methods of making not possible with other clays; whilst its qualities after kiln-firing, such as translucency, allow it to glow in strong light. 

All my work is wheel-thrown by me at the studio - the skills needed to work with porcelain in this way are acquired over years so I am the only person able to make my work.  From the smallest cup to a large, unique vessel, every wheel-thrown object I make is always an individual item. Each object  acts as a reflection of the shape of my hands as well as my intentions as a ceramic designer.

 

Please see classes taught by Jo Davies at her studio in East London here

"Masterclass with Jo Davies" by Layton Thompson with thanks to Ceramic Review Magazine


Jo Davies Bio

Exhibitions, Galleries & Stockists

2019

The Future of Craft, London Craft Week

London Art Fair

Hepworth Wakefield

Fen Ditton Gallery, Cambridge

2018

Porcelain3 at Contemporary Ceramics Centre, Bloomsbury, London.

Artichoke Gallery, Ticehurst

The Stratford Gallery, Stratford Upon Avon

British Craft Pavilion at London Design Fair

Friends of the Kiln Rooms at the Clay Store, Peckham

Blue Print Gallery, Texas, Dallas

The National Trust’s Osterley Park

New School House Gallery, York

2017

Solo Show Lines in Porcelain: Vessels and Light 

at Circus Gallery, Marylebone High Street

Grayson de Vere, New York State

Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum

Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London

Dulwich Open House with Cavaliero Finn

Cambridge Contemporary Craft, A Fine Line

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

2016

Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales

Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford

Made London Bloomsbury

Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland

Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester

Maison et Objet, Paris 

Innovations in Ceramic Art, Cambridge

Lustre at Nottingham University

Committee of Taste, Gladstone Park

Loves, Lives and Loss at National Trust's Fenton House

2015

Heals Collectables 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Gallery Shop

Ceramic Art London

Centre of Ceramic Art - CoCA  - at York Art Gallery

National Portrait Gallery Shop

London Craft Week at Made in Clerkenwell

Tent London

Galerie du Don, France

Modern Craft Market at Heals

2014

Lustre at Nottingham University

National Portrait Gallery Shop

Tent London, London Design Festival

New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

Bils & Rye, York

Mostyn, Llandudno

Sculpture at Doddington Hall

Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art

LonPaNew, Seoul, South Korea

Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey

Dulwich Festival represented by Cavaliero Finn

2013

Creative Clerkenwell

Summer Made in Clerkenwell

Lustre at Nottingham University.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester.

Cheongju International Craft Competition, South Korea

National Centre for Craft and Design Gallery

Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery 

Open West: Newark Park and Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

Hackney Wicked Art Festival

Design to Serve at Clerkenwell Design Week

Winter Made in Clerkenwell 

Forge2, Oxfordshire

2012

Fife Contemporary Art & Craft

Clerkenwell Design Week

Summer Made in Clerkenwell at Craft Central

Pulse 2012 at Earls Court

Terralha Ceramics Festival, St. Quentin la Poterie

Ceramics in the City at The Geffrye Museum

Gallery Top, Matlock, Derbyshire

Gifted at Contemporary Applied Arts

Playing:House

Winter Made in Clerkenwell

Creative Clerkenwell Christmas Pop-Up

2011

Somerset House, Designers & Makers Shop

Vitra Christmas Showroom

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, 'Made'

Made in Clerkenwell Winter 2011

Chocolate Factory Winter Open Studios

Contemporary Applied Arts, Percy Street, London, from July 2011

Seed Gallery, Derbyshire, 

'Talking In Clay', Hereford Courtyard Arts Centre. Exhibitor and Curator (Arts Council Funded)

Harley Gallery, 'Made for Each Other'

International Ceramics Festival, 'Out of Bath' touring exhibition

Harley Gallery, Curated Shop Project: Revolution by Hannah Obee.

Clerkenwell Design Week , 'Creative Clerkenwell'

Interiors UAE, Abu Dhabi,

Bath School of Art & Design 'Out of Bath'

2010

The Devon Guild, 'Made'

‘Crafting Together’ Showcase at Craft Central

William Morris Gallery, 'Inspired by Morris'

Ad Hoc Galleri, Stavanger, Norway

Hackney Wicked Festival

Open Studio, The Chocolate Factory, Stoke Newington

Montagues Gallery, Kings Langley

Craft London at Craft Central

Wolf and Badger

Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton

2009

School House Gallery, ‘Vessel’

Black Swan Arts, ’White'

Made in Clerkenwell, Craft Central

Orleans House Gallery  ‘By Design’

Origin 2009 at Somerset House

Lambeth WideOpen

Clay at Handmade InteriorsLondon Design Festival 2009

Homes and Interiors Scotland, Editor’s Choice Attraction

Hackney Wicked Festival

Kioskiosk, hosted by The Design Museum and Hemingway Design

Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyns School

Portsmouth UniversityAA2A 10th Anniversary Exhibition

SDC Gallery,Rivington St, ’Melody’

2008

Whirled Arts Open Studios, London

For Arts Sake: The Printmakers’ Gallery, London.

Handmade Interiors, London.

Tent London, Brick Lane. ‘HandWerk’. Curator and exhibitor.

Hereford Art Week 08 at Pullastone, Herefordshire 

SDC Gallery, Rivington Street, London. ‘Spring Collection 08’ 

Floren Gallery, Poole, Dorset 

Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Royal Birmingham Society for Artists.‘Whispers’

2007

City Art Gallery, Leicester. ‘Gift Theory’

Handmade in Britain, Chelsea Town Hall

The Great Exhibition 2007, Royal College of Art

Byard Art, Cambridge. ‘Summer Show’

Ceramic Art London‘Student Show' at Royal College of Art.

2006

Royal College of Art, London. ‘In Site'. Curator and Exhibitor.

Ceramic Art London‘Student Show' at Royal College of Art.

2005

Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth(Aug 2005), Solo Show

2004

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh ‘Pink’

The Lotus Gallery, Bath

Bath Fringe Festival

2003

Amoeba Gallery, Bristol

Work exhibited, and part of the collection at Chochosan.

2002

Il Bordello, Bristol. Solo Show

New Designers 2002

Work:

Ceramicist specialising in handmade porcelain

Private Tutor at the studio as well as some on-site workshops

Tutor at West Dean College, Chichester

 

Work-Past:

Visiting Lecturer at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, China

Ceramics Lecturer at Brighton University and UCA Farnham

Ceramic Fabricator for artists and designers; clients include Victoria Miro Gallery, Gavin Turk and Charlotte Hodes. Please note that fabrication projects for other artists and designers are no longer undertaken at the studio.

Freelance Curator

Freelance writer for Ceramic Review