Anna Noel

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About

1958                Born in Swansea, Wales

 

Education

1979 – 82         Studied Ceramics at Bath Academy, Corsham. Received First Class Hons. BA Degree (Ceramics)

1989 – 92         Royal College of Art, London, M.A. (Ceramics)

 

Exhibitions

1985

Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia with Beaux Arts

 

1986

Beaux Arts, Bath

 

1987

Parnham House, Dorset

 

1988

Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

 

1989

CPA Gallery, London. (By invitation of David Roberts.)

 

1990

Beaux Arts, Bath

The Oxford Gallery, Oxford.

 

1991

Masters Degree Show, Royal College of Art

Museum of Mankind, London

 

1992

Beaux Arts, Bath

Young Contemporaries, Victoria & Albert Museum

 

1993

Primavera Gallery, Cambridge

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Oriel, Mostyn, North Wales

South Bank Festival Hall Gallery, London

“Ceramic Contemporaries” Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

1994

Andrew Usiskin Gallery, Hampstead

Primavera, Cambridge

Beaux Arts, Bath

 

1995

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

 

1996

Beaux Arts , Bath

Gibbs Gallery, Canterbury

Bettles Gallery, Ringswood

 

1997

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Hide Holstein – Keramic Galerie- Bremen Germany

 

1998

BEAUX ARTS, Bath

Sanderson Peach and George, Holmsfirth, Yorkshire.

 

2000

Ceramic Bienale, Switzerland

Chosen as one of ten British Ceramicists to represent the UK. Exhibited new work alongside Alison Britton, Elizabeth Fritsch, Gordon Baldwin and Takeshi Yasuda.

BEAUX ARTS, Bath

 

2001-Present

BEAUX ARTS, Bath

 

Selected Private Collections

 

Sir Roy Strong (Ex Director of Victoria & Albert Museum)

Sir Jocelyn Stevens (Chairman, English Heritage)

Mrs Esteve-Coll (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Prince Rainier of Monaco

Marquess of Bath

 

Public Collections

Aberystwyth University College, Arts Centre

Newport Museum and Art Gallery

Shipley Arts Gallery, Gateshead.

 

Bibliography

‘Raku  A Review of Contemporary Work’  by Tim Andrews

Published by A & C Black, London

 

Biography

After attending Bath Academy of Art from 1979 to 1982 where she attained a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramics, Anna set up a ceramics studio in Wales in 1984 with her sister Sarah. Her pieces have been included in many exhibitions in Wales and England.

“At college I was first drawn to decorative figurative images from a variety of sources. I became fascinated by the simple serenity of T’ang Dynasty earthen ware figures and horses and at the same time came to enjoy the colour and vitality of fairground and circus animal and folk art, the ethnic art of pre-Columbian South American, and the masks and animal forms of North American Indians. Another area of interest for me is old unsophisticated simply carved and coloured toys, decoy ducks, weather vanes and stylised boldly shaped and painted tin toys and puppets. My work is a mish-mash of these influences.”

“I like the soft warmth of the surface of old toys and faded, old, carved wood and after much experiment with finishing techniques at college, I decided that Raku offered me a lively surface which seems most sympathetic to my ceramic images. With Raku I can achieve an interesting surface without glazing the whole piece, therefore keeping the image spontaneous and less worked on.”