Carys Davies

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Carys throws porcelain pots on the wheel. The clay has a personality of its own, sometimes cooperative, sometimes not, and will go its own way as it fires too. She likes to have smooth, shiny glazes inside, and rough, organic ones outside; like a shell of an oyster perhaps. Often she will rub the glazes down, to show the bubbles inside the glaze, like the wear from being washed up on a beach.

Carys was raised in Conwy, North Wales, and she uses the colours and textures in her glazes that reflects the landscape; the red and green of the inland valleys, the greys and blues of the sea and the sky, the textures of sand, stone and granite.

She started her career as an engineer, wanting to solve problems through materials and design, but increasingly solving problems about systems, people, and information. Working ever more in the digital world, she decided to go back the basics of materials and making, and re-trained as a potter at Harrow (University of Westminster), graduating in 2007. She has worked for Edmund de Waal for five years as a studio assistant, finally setting up her own studio in West Norwood, London, in 2011.

Recently she has been making site-specific work, sometimes in historic houses like Cotehele near Plymouth, sometimes to celebrate anniversaries, like Manchester's Crafts and Design Centre's 30th. This has led her to writing on pots, using words as both marks on the pot and as a way to invoke feelings, and to using poetry on pots.  Even a few words can be a reminder of the whole poem, bringing the world of literature into the world of objects.  She likes the idea that, as you drink your morning coffee, the touch of the word under your fingers takes you for a moment into a private memory.

Carys's work has been shown in exhibitions across the UK and in Europe. In 2011 she won the Craft Prize at the Welsh National Eisteddfod, and has work in the permanent collection at the Portsmouth City Museum and Gallery.

Carys's work is regularly exhibited at Kellie Miller Arts.