Education and Qualifications
Jan 2007 – Feb 2012
Cardiff School of Art and Design, PhD Ceramics
Oct 2005 - Sep 2006
Cardiff School of Art and Design, MA Ceramics
Mar 2003 - Dec 2004
University of Tasmania, Australia, BA Contemporary Arts (Ceramics)
2013 Craft Potters Association
2012 Contemporary Applied Art
The Shipley Art Gallery
National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Manchest Art Gallery, Manchester
2017 New Craftsman Gallery, St.Ives
2014 OPject, Arcadecardiff, Cardiff
Awards and Grants
Emmanuel Cooper Prize, at Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins
Funding 'Production' granted from Art Council of Wales
Best Maker in Wales, Made by Hand, City Hall, Cardiff
Winner of the Valentine Clays Peers Award, Art in Clay Hatfield
Awarded 2nd ‘Best Demonstration’ at Art in Action, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire
Awarded ‘Best Ceramics’ at Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon
Winner of the Homes & Gardens Design Awards 2016 with China & Glass Category.
Selected for Cfile’s 15 Potters to Watch in 2016
Selected for the National Eisteddfod of Wales Visual Art Competition, Wales
Selected for Westerwald Prize, Westerwald Keramic Museum, Germany
Selected for Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales.
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“Working with flat sheets of earthenware clay i will build forms that explore form. My vessels gives me a canvas to build texture and pattern that invites the handler to investigate the pot and its suggested reference to function.
I make individual ceramic vessels that explore form and function as well as bespoke functional pieces that are playful and inviting.
Working with earthenware clay i handbuilt with slabs, this allows me to make pieces that are unique in form and individual . As an artist i have been making work that pushes me to question each piece individually, engaging with as the form evolves and provokes new ideas.” Maria Connolly