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Karen Hanvidge

Karen Hanvidge
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Since my first introduction to clay as a child growing up in California I have been completely seduced by the pliability of this medium. I felt compelled to discover how I could combine my love of drawing and painting with designing and making with clay. Accepted onto the Ceramics Design part-time degree course at Glasgow School of Art I completed my BA (Hons) degree in 2011.
My love of the sea, sun and sometimes sun-bleached environment influence my artistic development with its contrast of vibrancy and the faded stimulating my senses. I enjoy developing forms, colour and pattern in particular simple shaped forms which compliment my designs and act as canvases to explore. Trying not to over-analyse while working, I often let the process guide me to the next stage. I delight in the unexpected with words, music and stories often leading my clay meanderings. I prefer to leave a human element to my work showing surrender to natural impulses, colourways and mark making.
Now living and working from my studio in Renfrewshire my most recent work involves exploring slab-built forms and using my own photographic images as surface decoration in ways which compliment the forms.
2015- BA (Hons) Ceramics Design Glasgow School of Art
2016-2017- Creative Retail Business Development programme with Invest in Renfrewshire’s InCube

2017- Collective exhibition with PaisleyMake in Paisley Abbey
2017- Collective exhibition with PaisleyMake & Scotland Redesigned at London Craft Week
2016- Exhibited in collective with- PaisleyMake & Scotland Redesigned
2011- House for an Art Lover- Collective Final Degree Show
2008- Glasgow School of Art Degree Students Collective Exhibition- ‘Eve’

Commissions and Collections:
2016- SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award Design Commission for 10 awards
2016- Ceramic bell commissioned by Renfrewshire Leisure for Paisley Museum
Works held in private collections in the U.K., United States, Germany, Greece, Tokyo, Philippines, America, Australia and Malta

Awards and Grants:
2016- Funding awarded by Paisley2021 and the Culture, Events & Heritage Fund to deliver a series of 24 ceramics workshops at Paisley Museum

2022- present- series of hand building workshops for Outspoken Arts
2022- ceramic workshop with Ferguslie Housing Association
September/October 2018- employed to run ceramic workshops on a Fred Olsen cruise ship
March 2018- Hey Clay workshops as part of The Craft Council’s nationwide ‘Hey Clay’ Event
2016-2017 - A series of 24 ceramics hand building workshops/classes at Paisley Museum for children and adults
2017- Tile decorating workshops for all ages with Paisley’s Weave Festival and Sma’ Shot Day
2017- Two separate ceramics workshops with children and parents/guardians and staff at Hillview Nursery, Linwood
2016- Ceramics workshops for all ages with Paisley’s Halloween Festival
2016- Ceramics hand building workshop with the residents, families and staff of Abbeyfield Nursing Home, Bridge of Weir
2016- Ceramics hand building workshop with a Community Payback Women’s Group
Pieces of Me (abstract peacock bowl)
  • Karen Hanvidge
  • Pieces of Me (abstract peacock bowl)
  • Ceramics
Thistle Vases
  • Karen Hanvidge
  • Thistle Vases
  • Ceramics
Pyramid Geos
  • Karen Hanvidge
  • Pyramid Geos
  • Ceramics
Wave Bowls
  • Karen Hanvidge
  • Wave Bowls
  • Ceramics
Boat Bowl
  • Karen Hanvidge
  • Boat Bowl
  • Ceramics
One Dead Sea Is Enough (30 x 23 cms)
  • Karen Hanvidge
  • One Dead Sea Is Enough (30 x 23 cms)
  • Ceramics
Invasive Species l, ll, lll, lV (framed ‘paintings’ each one 40 x 40 cms)
  • Karen Hanvidge
  • Invasive Species l, ll, lll, lV (framed ‘paintings’ each one 40 x 40 cms)
  • Mixed Media
Ovals   (Porcelain bottle vases)
  • Karen Hanvidge
  • Ovals (Porcelain bottle vases)
  • Ceramics