John Higgins

Jug form
Thrown and altered into slab form
H 36cm x W 30cm x D 12cm
All photos: John Higgins
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Thrown and altered into slab form
H 18cm x W 34cm x D 12cm
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Thrown and altered into slab form
H 24cm x W 33cm x D 12cm
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Thrown and altered into slab form
H 23cm x W 33cm x D 12cm
Ceramics, in all its guises, continues to be a passion sustained throughout his working life. The work has always been made in series with a common theme and surface imagery. Though the forms may change the surface qualities almost always refer to the same vocabulary and palette achieved throughout his career.

The work, refers most often to architecture, painting, archaeology and everyday objects. A format is decided, but room is always allowed for spontaneous and expressive handling of the medium through thrown and slab formed elements.

The clay is heavily grogged and the surfaces are treated with slips, oxides and underglaze colours, sometimes glazed, and fired to 1140°C

1947 Born in Newcastle Under - Lyme
1962-66 School of Art Newcastle Under - Lyme
1966-69 3D Design Ceramics Wolverhampton College of Art
1970-71 Teaching Certificate in General Art and Design, Sussex University

Exhibitions (selection)

Hatfield Art in Clay. Insitu a travelling exhibition. Oldenburg International ceramics Market Germany
20012001 Carlin gallery Paris
20022002 Wessex fine art and ceramics
2003Altech ceramics criennale, Cape Town, Südafrika, Award winner
Fovea gallery Harrow London
2004 Contemporary ceramics London, showcase
Chelsea crafts fair, London
Urban interiors, Business design centre, Islington, London
2005 Galerie Rosenhauer, Göttingen, Germany
Ceramic art London, Royal College of Art
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2006 Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
Ceramic Art, London 2006
Campden Gallery, Glos.
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Hatfield Art in Clay
Oxford Ceramics Fair
Fovea Gallery Harrow
2008 Ceramic art London, Roger Billcliffe Gallery Glasgow,
Art in clay
Frames gallery Perth, Scotland, cpa Oxford
2009 Gallery top. Ceramic art London, open eye Edinburgh, Ceramics in the city, Art in clay, cpa Oxford
2010 Contemporary ceramics summerset house, Ceramic art
London, Open eye gallery Edinburgh, Art in clay,
Gallery Bevere, Piero Passet gallery.
2011 Gallery Oldham 'urban traces', Art in Clay Hatfield
2012 Ceramic Art London. Art in clay Hatfield House. In situ, Barnsley Civic

Prizes and Awards

1990 Contemporary Ceramics London, award fort he best piece in the show
1991 Contemporary Ceramics London, award fort he best piece in the show
1994 Whitbread Prizewinner, Milton Keynes
1996 Joint Winner of the Belgian Ceramics Biennale Competition
1998 Honourable Mention, 5th International Ceramics Competition '98 Mino, Japan
1998 Award Ceramics Biennale, Association of Potters of Southern Africa, Johannesburg.
2003 Award Winner, Altech Ceramics Triennale, Cape Toown, S.A.
2004 Contemporary ceramics showcase


BA 2/1 3D design ceramics Wolverhampton College of Art 1966-69
PGCE General art and design Sussex University 1970-71

Teaching experience

1971-73 Secondary education
1973 Adult education
1987 HMP Prison Leyhill
1988-2004 Further education VIth form
2008-2012Adult education, Camden London
Demonstration workshops on going