Helen Kemp

Helen KempHelen produces unique ceramic figures, whimsical and dreamlike in their use of facial expression, body language and occasional narrative in forms such as wall sconces, candlesticks, bowls, boxes and decorative pieces.

She is inspired by Victorian Staffordshire figures, Mexican and North American folk art, and Latin American magic realism. She constantly develops her themes, with one piece leading to another, always in her very distinctive style. All the work is handmodelled in earthenware clay with underglaze decoration and transparent matt and satin glazes and gold leaf.

She studied Ceramics at Edinburgh College of Art from 1974 until 1978, followed by Post-Graduate study of slip-cast work at Glasgow School of Art in 1978-1979. After graduating some years were spent working in various creative fields including community arts, decorative tiles, illustration and painted furniture as well as bringing up her children. Helen returned to ceramics 8 years ago and now works from her studio at home in the Scottish Borders. She regularly exhibits in several galleries throughout Britain.

In 1999 she received the Edinburgh Crystal Award for innovation and craftsmanship.
In 2002 she won second prize in the Prestongrange pottery competition.

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