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SARA MOORHOUSE

Sara Moorhouse
Cardiff, South Giamorgan, UK

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATION
2006-10
UWIC School of Art and Design, Cardiff: PhD Ceramics.
2003-04
UWIC School of Art and Design, Cardiff: MA Ceramics, Distinction.
1996-97
University of Exeter: Post Graduate Certificate in Art and Design Education
1993-96
University of Wolverhampton: BA (Hons) Illustration 2:1. Further modules in  ceramics and wood, metal, plastic 3D design

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
2009-11
Committee Member, Colour Group of Great Britain (voluntary)
2010
Workshop for research posters, UWIC
2004-05
Private tutoring, Cardiff
2002-03
Lecturer of Art and Design, Stamford College
1997-03
Teacher of Art and Design, King Edward VII School, Melton Mowbray

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
6/2015
Glazed and Diffused, Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
04/2013
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
10/2012
Made London, Marylebone, London
05/2012
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
03/2012
Beyond Borders (NCECA), ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, USA
03/2012
In the Window, Bluecoats Display Centre, Liverpool
09/2011
Fiesta, Leach Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
10/2010
Eight, Square 1 Art, Arundel, West Sussex
07/2010
Focus Exhibition, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
03/2010
Paperficial, Craft2eu, Hamburg
03/2010
Works from 12th Westerwaldpreis 2009, Grimmerhus Keramikmuseum, Denmark
10/2009
Origin Craft Fair, Somerset House, London
08/2009
Ceramics of Europe 2009, Westerwald Museum, Höhr-Grenshauzen, Germany
02/2009
A Sense of Affinity, Ceramic Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
10/2007
Hue, Line and Form, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
06/2006
Welsh Artist of the Year, St. Davids Centre, Cardiff
01/2006
Prospect – Ten Artists in Clay, National Museum of Wales
08/2005
Verve, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin
05/2005
The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005, Korea

GALLERIES
2013
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2012 – 13
Gallerie Dessers, Hassalt, Belgium
2011 – 13
Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, N Wales
Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff and Oriel Tegfryn, Menai Bridge, N Wales
2006 – 13
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2005 – 13
Bluecoats Display Centre, Liverpool

COLLECTIONS
2009
Westerwald Museum, Höhr-Grenshauzen, Germany
2011
The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

AWARDS: PRIZES
05/2009
First prize in the category ‘Vessel, Form, Décor’ for the Ceramics for Europe Westerwald Prize 2009, Germany: E5000
07/2006
People’s Choice Award, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Swansea
06/2006
Welsh Artist of the Year Award for the Applied Arts
10/2005
First Time Exhibitor Award, Chelsea Crafts Fair
03/2005
Diploma of Honour, Honourable Mention, 3rd World Ceramic Biennale ’05 Korea

AWARDS: FUNDING
08/2013
Arts Council Wales Training Grant
07/2010
Art Council Wales Project Grant: £5000
05/2009
Palmer Travel Award, Colour Group of Great Britain
05/2009
Overseas Travel Award, UWIC
03/06-03/09
Bursary: PhD in Ceramics, UWIC Bars Scheme, Cardiff
03/2005
WAI Travel Award: Ceramic Biennale 2005 Exhibition, Korea

PUBLICATIONS
02/2011
Essay: Space, Colour and Form: Catalogue ‘Resonant Colour’, Llantarnam   Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran
11/10-02/11
Advertising Campaign: Ceramic Art London 2011
09/2010
Advertising Campaign: Lustre Contemporary Craft Fair 2010
09/2010
Article: ‘Colour and Contour’, Ceramic Review
05/2010
Upfront exhibition review (1/2 page): Craft Centre Leeds, Ceramic Monthly
09/10 2009
Advertising Campaign: Origin Craft Fair 2009; numerous locations including poster campaign on London’s underground, front cover of Origin catalogue, a-n magazine (Oct), RA magazine (Sept), Time Out (7 Oct).
06/2009
Front cover: New Ceramics (Neue Keramik), issue 03/09
01/02 2005
Article: ‘A Potter’s Day’, Ceramic Review
07/08 2005
Back cover advertisement: Verve Ruthin show, Crafts Magazine

Art / Research Presentations

ART/RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
01/2010
Digit Research Group, CSAD, UWIC, Cardiff
09/2009
AIC 2009 Congress – Spatial Colour Effects, Sydney, Australia
05/2009
A Sense of Affinity: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth15/06/08 AIC (International Colour Group) 2008 Interim Meeting – Effects and Affects Bonnier conference, Stockholm, Sweden

In Sara Moorhouse’s work, the ceramic vessel has become a canvas on which to experiment with optical color and perceptions of movement. Contrasting tones and varied band widths encourage her forms to vibrate, pulse, and breathe. Equidistant lines on one surface contradict expanding lines on other surfaces making the shape of the form, from inside to outside, appear uncertain as straight walls appear to curve one way and then another. The forms then stir and appear in a temporarily alive state.

In “The Same Red,” the lines on the left artwork appear royal blue and bright pink, whilst on the right they appear blue grey and orange red. The blues are different but the bright pink and the orange red are exactly the same red. This can be explained in relation to simultaneous contrast.

 Moorhouse explains, “Simultaneous contrast occurs for the physiological reason that our eyes are always seeking the complimentary colour to the colour we are looking at. Consequently our eye projects the opposite colour next to or around a coloured area, thus affecting the appearance of the surrounding colour. As the two blues are different in the two bowls our eye projects a different colour around each blue making the red appear different in each case.”