Instagram Takeover: Anne Gibbs

Anne Gibbs took over R&J's Instagram page from the 8th to 14th March 2021.

DAY ONE: Monday 8th March

In 2009 I was selected for two residencies. The first was at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, funded by Wales Arts International for two months and the second was at Cove Park, Scotland for one month. The work I produced at The Clay Studio was inspired by the collections at the Henry Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, Doylestown and the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians, Philadelphia. These outcomes were then shown in a solo exhibition at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre in Cwmbran, Wales later that year.

Cove Park is located on an isolated rural site near Helensborough on Scotland's west coast. The work I created there, ‘Gatherings’ was inspired by the landscape of the Rosneath Peninsula. I also produced a small series of watercolour drawings called ‘Findings'.

DAY TWO: Tuesday 9th March

I was proud to receive the Gold Medal award for Craft and Design at the 2012 National Eisteddfod held in Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan that year. The Eisteddfod is an annual festival which celebrates the language and culture of Wales. It is a showcase for the visual and applied arts, music, literature and performance. Each year two artists are selected for a gold medal prize, one for Craft and Design and the other for Fine Art. Carwyn Evans received the Fine Art Gold Medal prize that year.

DAY THREE: Wednesday 10th March

In 2015 I received a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council Of Wales. The award allowed me to take time out to focus on my practice for one year. During this period I travelled to Japan for a three week research trip and to receive Ikebana lessons at the Ichiyo School of Ikebana, Nekano, Tokyo.

Ikebana lessons taught me the importance of selection and placement. I learnt less is more, even the smallest of details can make a significant difference to an overall composition. The images included here give examples of ‘slanting’ and ‘upright’. Travelling to Japan on my own was one of the most empowering and creative experiences I have ever had. The memories and images continue to feed my creative practice today.

DAY FOUR: Thursday 11th March

In 2019 my work Let's Suppose #1 was selected for Young Masters Art Prize Grand Maylis Ceramics 10th Anniversary Prize 2019 & shown at the London Art Fair 2020 with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London

Following this, as an alumna artist of Cynthia Corbett Gallery, I was invited by the curators of Artwise to participate in Cure 3 a fundraising exhibition to raise awareness and find a cure for Parkinson's Disease, exhibiting alongside many contemporary artists and designers.

Island is available to buy online at the Cure3 website here:

Image credits:

Island (cube image) by Dan Fonanelli

Let’s Suppose #1 (Bone china and pins) by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd

DAY FIVE: Friday 12th March

In 2015, I was delighted to be shortlisted for the British Ceramics Biennial Award Exhibition, set in the China Hall at the original Spode factory site in Stoke-on-Trent. I presented Crossing Boundaries, a tabletop installation of bone china and mixed media objects inspired by my trip to Japan in the spring of 2015.

The other exhibiting artists in Award were: Sam Bakewell, Amy Hughes, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Ingrid Murphy & Jon Pigott, Aneta Regel, James Rigler, Paul Scott, Mella Shaw, Caroline Tattersall and Andrea Walsh.

Photography: Sylvain Deleu and Chris Stock

DAY SIX: Saturday 13th March

Still, my solo exhibition in The Language of Clay opened at Mission Gallery, Swansea in January 2017. A National Touring initiative curated by Ceri Jones it was funded by the Arts Council of Wales - Anna Noel and Micki Schloessingk were the other two ceramicists involved in the series, with Kate Haywood Justine Allison and Ingrid Murphy in the second. It toured to Ruthin Craft Centre, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre and the Ceramics Gallery Aberystwyth. It has a comprehensive website which encompasses the whole project and its legacy; the touring schedule; images from each venue and digital versions of all the exhibition catalogues:

Still Life- series of three, Media: Bone china

Photography: Dewi Tannatt Lloyd

Mission Gallery images by Matthew Otten

Ruthin Craft Centre images by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd

DAY SEVEN: Sunday 14th March

I made several new works last year, some more resolved than others. I am using porcelain clay now, as well as bone china; staining it, then using it to create more detailed pieces. I am also focusing on making works in series with subtle shifts in colour combinations and different surfaces. There have been many changes in my process of making since the pandemic. I feel a significant change has occurred in my practice, I am embracing different ways of making and am genuinely excited of what new works will unfold.

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