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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Carol 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.