Demonstrating throwing at the Bagni di Lucca Arts Festival
Demonstrating throwing at the Bagni di Lucca Arts Festival

Carol Newmarch has been making ceramics for over 30 years; her love of earth and fire ignited at school in Middlesbrough when she first was introduced to terracotta modelling at the age of 14.

Her inspiring pottery lessons from a founder member of NPA Georgia Naylor, included an introduction to raku firing at the age of 16, at Acklam Hall, which has remained a lifelong  interest.

Eventually training under such influential teachers as Emmanuel Cooper and Mo Jupp, Carol continued her professional development, with support from the Crafts Council, in a small studio in Camden Town before setting up her own workshop in the mid 80s in the North West of Engand, where she lived and worked for many years.  During this time she also established and ran a ceramics gallery in Ambleside in Cumbria.

raku fired tile

A skilled thrower and hand-builder, Carol also undertakes sculptural work. Her current ceramics are mainly low fired using raku and pit firing techniques, however she also works in stoneware and porcelain, producing a range of frost resistant ceramics for flowers, plants and gardens.

smoked vessels

 

More recently, Carol spent a period of time as Artist in Residence based at  Preston Park Museum and Gardens in Stockton on Tees, and working with the Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough.  ‘Ceramics-on-Tees’ was supported by Arts Council England and was an investigation into the ceramics heritage of the Tees Valley. Having always been influenced by classical forms and antiquities, she embraced this opportunity to respond to local museum collections in her home region and continues to be inspired by them.

Photo showing detail of installed multi material table

Dresser table: detail

During this time, she completed a commissioned multi-material table for Dorman Museum now installed in the  Christopher Dresser collection gallery, with elements of glass, wood, metal, porcelain, terracotta and fabric inspired by the collection, which visiting children can interact with.

Picture of large Raku bowl

Mela commemorative bowl

She was also commissioned by Middlesbrough Borough Council to make a commemorative piece to celebrate 25 years of Middlesbrough Mela.

The decision to make a large bowl came from the discussions with the public during clay workshops.

It reflects the notion of the containment of many cultures in the history of the Mela  and the sharing of food which is an important part of the festival

 

Mela bowl: detail

Mela bowl: detail

Photo of hands working with clay

Clay workshop using indian fabric block patterns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dresser workshop

IMG_7125Carol exhibited her ceramics alongside other international artists at the Bagni di Lucca Arts Festival,  Tuscany, Italy. She demonstrated making techniques and engaged the public and other artists in workshops relating to the influence of Christopher Dresser

In March 2017 her solo exhibition of retrospective and new work was shown at the Palace Arts gallery in Redcar.

 

View some of Carol’s current work by visiting her Facebook page

Read more about Carol in Italy in this article in  Grapevine Magazine

Carol is a member of The Northern Potters Association and an Associate member of The Craft Potters Association.