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  Christie Brown’s figurative practice is informed by an interest in our relationship with objects and the significance and relevance of museum collections and archaic artefacts to contemporary art. Archaeology presents a fragmented narrative of past lives and holds parallels with the practice of psychoanalysis where layers are carefully stripped away to reveal hidden information. Her work references these archaic traces as well as the mythology, narrative and symbolism associated with clay and its relationship with other materials such as wax, bronze and plaster. She often presents her work through site or theme-specificity and her making method of press-moulding allows her to explore the nature of repetition though installation and series. Recent work revolves around the response of contemporary art practice to archaic collections including those of Sigmund Freud and Sir John Soane, and on-going research is developing around the relationship of ceramics to other materials and practices including drawing.

Christie Brown is an artist and Emerita Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster in London. She graduated from Harrow School of Art in 1982 and set up her north London studio that year. At Westminster she taught on the BA, MA and PhD programmes while maintaining and developing her sculptural practice. She was Principal Investigator on the AHRC project Ceramics in the Expanded Field, awarded to the University’s Ceramics Research Centre in 2011, which included her solo exhibition DreamWork at the Freud Museum in London in 2013. She has exhibited her ceramic sculpture widely in the UK and abroad and frequently lectured about her practice at international residencies and conferences. Her work is featured in several private and public collections in Europe and the USA, including the Victoria and Albert Museum UK and the Mint Museum USA.

   
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EDUCATION


1966-69
Manchester University, General Arts BA degree.
1976-77
Sir John Cass School of Art, London.
1980-82
Harrow School of Art, Higher Diploma in Studio Pottery.

   
EMPLOYMENT



2016
Emerita Professor of Ceramics, University of Westminster.
2015
Invited demonstrator at the International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth.
2013
Master class lecturer at the University of Belfast. N. Ireland.
2009
Artist in Residence, International Centre for Ceramic Research, Guldagergaard, Denmark.
2006
Artist in Residence, Hunter College, New York. USA.
2003-5
Artist in Residence Petrie Museum, University College London.
External Examiner Derby University
2002-5
External Examiner Camberwell College of Arts, London
2001-2016
Professor of Ceramics, University of Westminster, Harrow Campus.
1994-7
Member of the Crafts Council Grants Committee.
1993-2001
Lecturer in ceramics, University of Westminster.
1991-97
Visiting lecturer in ceramics at Falmouth College of Arts, Middlesex University, Camberwell College of Arts,West Surrey Institute and others.
1991-98
Co-shop manager of Contemporary Applied Arts, London External Examiner, Harrow School of Art, Polytechnic of Central London.
1987-88
Assisted on research and production of Grizedale – A Sense of Place, an independent film by Open Air Productions for the Arts Council and C4TV
1982-89
Gallery assistant at Crafts Council Shop, V&A Museum and Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
1979
Set up studio at Kingsgate Workshops, North London.
1978-79
Trainee potter and eventually supervisor, Elephant Pottery, London.
1975-77
Freelance researcher for TV and publishing. Freelance costume and prop maker.
1971-75
Researcher Thames TV, London and Granada TV, Manchester.
1970
Assistant stage Manager, Library Theatre Manchester.

   
PRINCIPAL EXHIBITIONS
 

2016
Rara Avis, Arthouse1, London. (solo)
2014
Ambika’s Dream, part of 3-person show with Clare Twomey and Julian Stair, Ceramics in the Expanded Field at Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London.
2013
Marking The Line: Ceramics and Architecture, Sir John Soane Museum, London and UK tour to Port Eliot, Cornwall and Pitzhanger Manor.
2012
DreamWork, Freud Museum, London. (solo)
2010
Hybrid Toys, Ideas Store Whitechapel, London. (solo)
2006
Collective Traces: A Response to the Petrie Museum, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, (solo, catalogue)
Foundation Deposits, artist in residence exhibition, Thomas Hunter Gallery, Hunter College, New York.
2004
Christie Brown, Heidi Morstang
, London Gallery West, Harrow.
2003
Between the Dog and the Wolf, Kingsgate Gallery, London. (solo)
2001
Recent Sculpture, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, USA. (solo)
2000
Fragments of Narrative, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London. Commissioned by the WPT. (solo, catalogue)
1997
Crafts Council Showcase, The Crafts Council Shop at the V&A Museum, London. (solo)
1996
The Cast of Characters
, Kingsgate Gallery, London. (solo)
1995
Sculpture, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (solo, catalogue)
1991
New Work, Oxford Gallery, Oxford. (with Barbara Hepworth)
Keramik, Gallery L, Hamburg, Germany. (solo. British Council assisted)
1990
Sculpture, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
1988
New Sculpture, Michaelson and Orient, London. (with Imogen Margrie)
1986
Ceramic Sculpture, Oxford Gallery, Oxford, (with Tim Mara)
1985
Aspects Choice, Aspects Gallery, London.

   
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 

2016
Zoomorphic, Llantarnam Arts Centre, Cwmbran, Wales.(catalogue)
Exposed: Heads, Busts and Nudes, Ferrin Contemporary USA.
Drawing Inspirations. Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, Wales. (catalogue)
2015
Bobby Gill, painting & Christie Brown, sculpture, Peers Feetham Gallery, London
Fresh Air, Quenington Sculpture Trust, Gloucestershire
25, London Gallery West, University of Westminster, Harrow.
2014
Mythology and Archetypes, Northern Clay Centre, Minneapolis, USA.
2013
Award, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke–on-Trent, part of the British Ceramics Biennial 2013.
Host, Kingsgate Gallery London.
Convergency
, Pelham Arts Centre, New York, USA.
Sculptural Ceramics, Pangolin London. (focus artist)
2012
Tradition and Innovation: 5 Decades of Harrow Ceramics, Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
Another Room, Room Artspace, London.
Sculptors’ Drawings, Pangolin London, Kings Place, London.
2011
Women Make Sculpture, Pangolin London, Kings Place, London.
Friends and Firemates, Grimmerhaus Museum Denmark.
Sculptors’ Prints and Drawings, Gallery Pangolin, Stroud.
2010
Nude in Chicago, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago USA.
Crucible, with Gallery Pangolin, Gloucester Cathedral.
Hermaphrodites, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, USA.
Korero: Ceramics In Conversation, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale
, Taipei, Taiwan, curated by Moyra Elliot.
Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: the Grainer Collection
, Mint Museum, Charlotte, USA. (catalogue)
London Art Fair with Adrian Sassoon.
SOFA New York with Contemporary Applied Arts.
2009
Fire and Brimstone, Gallery Pangolin, Stroud.
Heads, Rex Irwin Arts, NSW, Australia.
In the Mix, Pangolin London, King’s Place, London.
Ceramics from Great Britain, Galerie fur Angewandte Kunst, Munich.
London Art Fair with Adrian Sassoon, London.
2008
Myths and Legends, Contemporary Applied Arts,
London London Art Fair with COSA Gallery, London.
Collect at the V&A with Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
Sterling Stuff 2, Pangolin London, Kings Place, London. (cat)
2007
After Life: Collective Traces, Egyptian Galleries, Manchester Museum.
SOFA NY with Loveed Fine Arts, New York.
Women Touch: Ceramics, Loveed Fine Arts, A.I.R Gallery, New York.
Sculpture and the Figure, Rex Irwin Arts, NSW, Australia.
2006
Collect
at the Victoria and Albert Museum, with Cosa Gallery.
2005
Body Language
, Gallery Pangolin, Stroud. (catalogue)
Fresh Air, Quenington Sculpture Trust, Cirencester.
The Fragmented Figure, University of Wales Institute Cardiff.
SOFA New York, with Clay, Los Angeles, USA
Celebrating 30 Years, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A.
Art London, with Pangolin Gallery.
Maze Self, St Pancras Church Crypt, London.
My Heart’s Desire. Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester.
2004
The Human Figure
, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham.
2003
Sterling Stuff
, Museum Sigismond Olafsson, Reykjavik, Iceland and Friends Room, Royal Academy London.
Fresh Air, Quenington Sculpture Trust, Cirencester.
2002
Sterling Stuff, Gallery Pangolin, Stroud, (catalogue)
About Face, Croydon Clocktower Musuem, Croydon.
Sculpture & Drawings, Cinecontact – the Gallery, London.
SOFA Chicago with Perimeter Gallery, Chicago USA.
2001
Ikons of Identity
, Craftspace Touring, Birmingham. (catalogue, tour)
British Studio Ceramics, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA.
Concerning the Human Figure, WDO Gallery, Charlotte, USA.
Fresh Air, Quenington Sculpture Trust, Cirencester.
Figurative Ceramics, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A Museum, London.
Standing Room Only, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
Sextet, Finelot Gallery, London.
1999
SOFA New York with Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York USA.
25 Years of Contemporary Craft, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A, London. (catalogue)
The International 20th Century Arts Fair
with Adrian Sassoon, New York. (Annually represented.)
1998
20th Century International & Israeli Studio Ceramics, Sotheby’s, Tel Aviv.
The Nude in Clay 2, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago and the Charles A Wustum Museum of Fine Arts Racine USA. (catalogue).
The Discerning Eye, (by invitation of Rosalind Savill) Mall Gallery, London.
1997
Art 97 The London Contemporary Art Fair
, with Adrian Sassoon, Business Design Centre, London. (Annually represented.)
Bodies in Clay, Firstsite at the Minories, Colchester.
Jerwood Prize Exhibition at the DAI, Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany.
Jerwood Prize Exhibition, Galerie fur angewandte Kunst, Munich, Germany.
20/20, Kingsgate Gallery London.
1996
The Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts 1996: Ceramics. Crafts Council, London. (shortlist exhibition, catalogue)
SOFA Miami and SOFA Chicago , USA with Adrian Sassoon.
Ten Years Crafts, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
1995
British Studio Ceramics and Glass
, Beiny Harkins and Sassoon New York.
In Search of Arcadia, Turton Tower Museum, Bolton.
1994
The International Ceramics Fair with Adrian Sassoon. (Annually represented)
1992
Aspects of Sculpture
, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany.
Ceramic Art, National Museum of History Taipai, Taiwan. (catalogue)
1991
6th International Contemporary Art Fair
, London with Oxford Gallery.
Aspects of Sculpture, Galerie fur englische Keramik, Sandhausen, Germany.
Figuration, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
1990
5th International Contemporary Art Fair
, London with Scottish Gallery.
New British Ceramics, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
1989
The Harrow Connection – Studio Pottery 1963-1988
, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland and the Crafts Council, London. (catalogue)
Clay Bodies, Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
1988
Figurative Ceramic Sculpture
, Amalgam Gallery, London.
Kingsgate Workshops 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Kingsgate Gallery and Sue Williams Gallery, London. Joint show prize winner selected by Marina Vaisey.
1987
Top Office
, Crafts Council and Aspects Gallery, London.
1986
Figurative
, British Craft Centre, London. Open submission.
1985
British Festival
, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, USA with Aspects Gallery.
Chelsea Crafts Fair with Kingsgate Workshops, London.
1984
Black and White
, British Crafts Centre, London. Open submission.
New Ceramics, Kingsgate Gallery, London (with Steve Buck and Pip Cronin).
1983
December Collection, British Crafts Centre, London.

   
AWARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS.
 

2016-
Awarded title of Emerita Professor, University of Westminster.
2015
Member of the Steering Committee for Centre of Ceramic Art, York Art Gallery.
2014-
Member of the Translating Vitalities international research group.
2011-2014
Arts and Humanities Research Council, Standard Research grant for Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Ceramics in the Expanded Field shared with Clare Twomey and Edmund de Waal.
2009
Artist in Residence Award II, International Ceramics Research Centre, Guldagergaard, Denmark.
2005
Arts and Humanities Research Council, Small Grant in the Creative and Performing Arts. For Collective Traces: A Response to the Petrie Museum.
2001
British Council assistance for solo show in Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, USA.
Awarded title of Professor of Ceramics at University of Westminster.
2000
London Arts Board Award to Individual Artists for solo show at Wapping.
1996
Shortlisted for the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Ceramics.
1991
British Council assistance for solo show at Galerie L in Hamburg, Germany.
1988
Accepted on Crafts Council Selected Index of Makers.
1984
Membership of British Craft Centre, now Contemporary Applied Arts.
1983
Received Setting-up Grant from Crafts Council.

   
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
 

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury.
Longhouse Foundation, East Hampton, USA.
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, USA.
Musee National de Ceramique, Sevres, France.
The Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Canada.
The Museum of Fine Arts Racine USA.
The Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
York City Art Gallery, Yorks.

   
REFERENCES
 

Tessa Peters. Christie Brown: Narrative Strategies. New Ceramics, Jan-Feb 2017.
Grant Gibson. Christie Brown: Animal Instinct, Crafts March-April 2016.
Glen R.Brown. Ceramics in the Expanded Field. Ceramics Monthly, October 2015.
Tessa Peters. Christie Brown: DreamWork, Interpreting Ceramics No15, 2013.
Amanda Game. Christie Brown: DreamWork, ‘Ceramic Review’ March/April 2103.
Shane Enright. Christie Brown find beauty in Freudian slip, 'Crafts (UK)' Jan/Feb 2013.
Tony Birks. Review of Hybrid Toys Ceramics, 'Art and Perception', 84, August 2011.
Alun Graves, Review of Christie Brown, London Gallery West, 'Ceramic Review' March/April 2005.
Babette Martini, Review of Between the Dog and the Wolf, 'Interpreting Ceramics' No 5. 2004.
Emma Maiden, Review of Fragments of Narrative, 'Crafts', Sept-Oct 2000.
Edmund de Waal, Return to your Dust: Figuration as Transgression, from Fragments of Narrative catalogue 2000, reprinted in 'Ceramics Art and Perception' January 2002.
Katy Bevan, Under Control, 'Ceramic Review', No 180 , 1999
Rosemary Hill, Review of Kingsgate Gallery show, 'American Ceramics', Vol.12, No3. 1997.
Ruth Pavey, Character Studies, 'Crafts', Sept-Oct 1996.
Janice West, The Cast of Characters, catalogue essay for Scottish Gallery show 1995
Lionel Phillips, Christie Brown: Profile, 'Studio Pottery', Aug-Sept 1995.
Jane Norrie, Review of Scottish Gallery show, 'Arts Review' May 1991.
British Figurative Expression, 'Ceramics Monthly', USA 1987.

   
PUBLICATIONS AND TALKS BY THE ARTIST
 

Casting About: re-searching through practice. Annual CoCA Lecture, Centre of Ceramic Art, York Art Gallery, November 2016.
Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture
, co-editor of book with Clare Twomey and Julian Stair, Routledge 2016.
The Double Life of Objects
, Artists talk given at the International Ceramics Festival Aberystwyth, July 2015.
Venturing Beyond the Field of Vision. Paper given at the conference Ceramics in the Expanded Field, University of Westminster, July 2014.
Ceramics Expands its Field, Paper give at Café Curio Symposium; Creative Materiality –Approaches to Working with Clay, Camden Arts Centre London. April 2013.
Working and Dreaming
. Paper given at 47th annual conference of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, March 2013, Houston,Texas. Published in the 'NCECA Journal' 2013, Volume 33.
Dreaming and Working, paper given at the Freud Museum symposium: Interpreting
Collections: Idea, Object, Site
. January 2013.
Anxiety of Endeavour: Personal Recollections of Harrow
. Essay in, Tradition and Innovation: 5 Decades of Harrow Ceramics, University of Westminster 2012.
Independence through Research (with Clare Twomey) NCECA 2010 Philadelphia USA
In the Playroom: A Work in Progress. Paper given at The Go-Between conference University of Glamorgan and National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. 2009.
Reflection in Action-Practice-Based Research in the UK Paper given at the 43rd annual conference of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, April 2009, Phoenix, Arizona. Published in the 'NCECA Journal' 2009, Volume 30.
The Half Sunken Dog, Talk given at the Figuration and Transition seminar at the International Ceramics Research Centre Guldagergaard, Denmark in 2008.
Collective Traces. Paper given at exhibition seminar. Published in 'Ceramics Technical', No. 23. 2006.
Embodying Transformation
. Paper given at the Fragmented Figure Conference in UWIC Cardiff and the Storytelling and Poetry Seminar at The International Ceramics Research Centre Guldagergaard, Denmark in 2005. Published in 'Interpreting Ceramics' Issue 8. 2006.
Clay Bodies. Paper given at Body Politic Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1999. Published by the Crafts Council 2000.
Assembling a Cast of Characters, 'Ceramics Art and Perception', Winter 1996.
Figurative Forms, 'Ceramic Review' No 121, 1990.

 
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