Clare Crouchman

Clare Crouchman

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

About Clare Crouchman

I am an artist working in Cambridge, UK. I have an MA in both Ceramics and Fine Art Printmaking.

In 2019 I stopped creating my highly distinctive ceramic wall panels in 2019. I still love them, but after 25 years, I was ready for a change and a new challenge.

At present I am continuing to explore painting and am currently working on some new mixed media pieces. I am enjoying exploring different mediums, looking to find equivalents to the rich textural qualities I found in the ceramic and printmaking processes.

I have always been inspired by the natural world. Being out in the landscape quietens the mind and accesses a contemplative part of the brain where patterns and rhythms begin to emerge. This fascination for the beauty of the landscape has deepened in this way and finding order in this natural chaos is explored through abstracted, non-linear patterns and mathematical forms.

These patterns are integral to my way of seeing the world. They touch a chord within that is primeval and meditative. Some of the earliest artworks are based on symbols and geometric patterns.

My paintings use mixed media including acrylics, collage, drawing and organic materials. My prints combine both the techniques of intaglio and relief printing and techniques such as carborundum and collagraph often layering several plates together.

I have exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. My work is included in private and corporate collections in the UK, Europe, America and Japan.

In February 2021 I completed a commission of six large paintings for the Cambridge Crystallagraphic Data Centre to complement the beautiful building designed by Danish Architect Erik Christian Sorensen.

As well as exhibiting in galleries and at art fairs, I work in collaboration with art consultants and interior designers to create site specific work. I also offer a bespoke commissioning service for domestic and corporate interiors. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss an idea.

Education

2008 MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
1996 MA Ceramics at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
1992-4 Lived in Japan and studied traditional Japanese ceramics
1985 BA (Hons) History and Art, Reading University

Events

January 2021 Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol
February 2021 Commission installed at Cambridge Crystallography Data Centre, Cambridge
April 2021 The Old Fire Engine Gallery, Ely, Cambridge
June 2021 Solo Exhibition, Arundel Contemporary, Sussex
July 2021 Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge
September 2021 Affordable Art Fair, Brussels
October 2021 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
December 2021, Winter Open Studios, Cambridge

Exhibitions

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
2020 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 2019 ‘End of an Era’ Cambridge Open Studios 2018 Selected by Kate Bryon for ‘Not30%’ as part of ‘The Other Art Fair’, London 2018 Cambridge Original Printmakers’ Exhibition
2017/18 'Ceramic Art London', Central St. Martins, London
2016/18/19 ‘Affordable Art Fair’, Battersea with Bristol Contemporary Art
2016 Novado Gallery, Jersey City, USA
2016 ‘February Focus’ Bevere Gallery Worcester
2015 'Earth Jewels', Orie Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2015 ‘Innovations in Ceramic Art’, Cambridge
2015 ‘Cambridge Art Fair’, Cambridge
2015 'Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead’ London
2015/16/17/18/19/21 ‘Affordable Art Fair’, Brussels with Bristol Contemporary Art
2015 ‘Ceramic Art York’, York
2014 ‘Clare Crouchman & Ross Loveday’, Rob Fogell Gallery, Stamford
2014 'February Focus', The Bevere Gallery, Worcester
2014 'Supernature', Bristol Contemporary Art, Bristol
2014 'Winter Collection', One Church Street Gallery, Bucks
2013 ‘Maker in Focus’ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2013 ‘Connect’, Junction Gallery, Woodstock
2013 'Group Exhibition’, Gallery Top, Derbyshire
2012 ‘The Santorini Bienalle of Arts’, Santorini, Greece
2006/12/13/15 ‘Ceramic Art London’, RCA, London
2011/13 ‘Contemporary Craft’, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2011/12/13 ‘The Contemporary Craft Fair’, Devon
2010 ‘Origin’, Spitalfields Market, London
2010 ‘New Work’, Kaetsu Centre, Cambridge
2009 ‘Between the Lines’, Kaetsu Centre, Cambridge
2008 ‘UK-Japan 2008’, Touring Exhibition, Japan
2008 ‘Showcase Exhibition’, Cambridge
2007 ‘Difference and Diversity in Clay’, Bevere Gallery, Worcester
2006/7 ‘Winter Exhibition’, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
2006/8/9/13/15 ‘Brighton Art Fair’, Brighton
2005 ‘British Ceramics’, Seoul Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2005 -14 ‘Ceramics in the City’, The Geffrye Museum, London
2005 ‘Clay 12’, Woodbury Studio Gallery, Devon
2004 ‘Configuration’, Galley 96, Solo Show, Cambridge
2004/6/8/13/14 ‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
2004 ‘Sculpture +’, Gallery Kaleidoscope, London
2003 ‘Contemporary Sculpture’, The Sheridan Russell Gallery, London
2003 -14 ‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
2001 ‘Warehouse Artists Show’, Norwich
1999 ‘Mixed Show’, Lynne Stover Gallery, Cambridge
1999 Elm Hill Contemporary Art, Norwich
1997 Hachi Maru Nana Gallery, Hakodate, Japan
1996 ‘New Designers Show’, Business Design Centre, London
1993-6 Eight ceramics festivals in Japan including Kasama and Mashiko