About Maria

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My early creative training and work was in graphic design, it was a time when the industry was changing from drawing boards to computers. As my work became more computer based I realised I missed using my hands and making things, that realisation led me to ceramics and an MA in ceramic design at Bath Spa University. Since graduating I have exhibited nationally and internationally and now work from my studio in Bath.

 

My work as a graphic designer is a major influence - the precision I learned when creating artwork on a drawing board combined with the organic nature of clay is the basis of my work in clay.  Line has always been important, from a small child watching my father, a structural engineer, draw perfect black lines on his technical drawings to my own as a graphic designer in producing artwork for print. Now I attempt to create equally perfect lines in 3 dimensions around a form - it's an exploration into finding the balance between spontaneity and control and the relationship between the geometric and the organic.  My interest and current use of colour came from my time on the MA course at Bath Spa.  I had previously worked with rigidly geometric forms and a limited palette of white, grey and blue, but as my work became more organic in form, my interest in colour developed.   Each piece and group of work is a making journey, which encompasses elements of chance and control and examines the connections between line, form and colour.

 

 


 

Education

2007      MA in Ceramic Design, Bath Spa University College

1986       BA(hons) Graphic Design, University West England

 

Awards                                        

2008/9   Crafts Council Development Award

2008       Emerging Makers Scheme – Artsmatrix and Crafts Council

 

Exhibitions and Events

2018       Oxford Ceramics Fair

2017         

  • Colour Connections (Maria Wojdat & Sara Moorhouse)- Contemporary Ceramics Centre
  • Cornucopia - Jaggedart, London
  • Hepworth Wakefield - work in conjunction with Howard Hodgkin exhibition
  • Ceramics in the City - Geffrye Museum
  • Christmas Shows - Gallery Nine, Bath.  Arundel Contemporary, Arundel.

 

2016       

  • London Art Fair (represented by Jaggedart),
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Showcase,
  • Bevere Gallery - Christmas Show

 

2015           

  • Ceramic Art London,
  • @Collective, Scotland,
  • Made London,
  • Snug Gallery - Winter Show
  • Jaggedart - Winter Show,
  • Contemporary Ceramics Centre - Winter Show

 

2014           

  • Voir et Percevoir – Galerie du Don – France,
  • Featured Maker  (February) – Bevere Gallery - Worcester
  • Christmas Exhibitions at Gallery Nine, Bath; The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle and Smith's Row, Bury St Edmunds

 

2013           

  • Ceramic Art London, ‘Here Comes the Sun’
  • Leeds City Art Gallery, Winter Show
  • 1 Church St Gallery – Bucks

                  

2012           

  • Made 12, Brighton,
  • Fired Art, Rye Art Gallery
     

2011             

  • Ceramic Art London
  • Rye Art Gallery Summer Show
  • Fiesta, Leach Gallery, St Ives
     

2010            

  • Ceramic Art London;
  • Exchange – Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
  • Autumn Show, The Biscuit Factory
  • Christmas Shows,  Gallery Nine, Bath;  The Black Swan, Frome.
     

2009           

  • Ceramic Art London
  • Bluecoat, Liverpool
  • Craft Focus – Dundee Contemporary Arts
  • Members Showcase, Devon Guild
  • ‘Colour’ – Craft2Eu, Hamburg
     

2008           

  • Designer Crafts at the Mall, London
  • Open Arts Competition Exhibition,
  • Black Swan Gallery, Frome
  • Carpe Diem, Devon Guild
  • Mid-Century Modern, London
  • Views from the Hill, the Studio Gallery, Somerset.
     

2007           

  • New Designers, London
  • The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey.

                                                     

Publications  

Interiors; Elle Decoration; Elle Decoration (Polish Edition)

La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo; House and Garden

Ceramics Monthly; Sunday Times Home

Architectural Digest

The Trend Bible,

Ceramic Review

 

Memberships

Professional Member Craft Potters Association