Clare Flatley

Clare Flatley

London, London, United Kingdom

About Clare Flatley

I am an artist/maker working with ceramics and glass and based in London. I creates both sculptural and functional artworks that reflect my interest in materials and in expressing states of transformation and movement. I am fascinated by the spiritual, psychological and mythical relationship we have with different materials, and the transformative drama that these materials undergo in the firing process.

In my sculptural work I am interested in alluding to strangeness and otherness through the expression of materials. My practice is research based and has drawn extensively on the philosophies of the early modern Alchemists, particularly the way they developed their own personal psychology and understanding of the universe through the technical mastery of physical materials. This blurring of the distinction between spirituality and science, and between psychological and material transformation, remains the locus of her practice and a fertile source of inspiration in my craftsmanship.

Education

Originally from Lancashire I studied and worked in Edinburgh as a Sculptor before moving to London to complete my MA at the Royal College of Art in Ceramics and Glass.
From her degree show work she won several awards including the Charlotte Fraser WIP Award and the Worshipful Company of Tin Workers Tin Competition. She was in several select graduate shows at London Glassblowing and Thrown Contemporary, and in 2019 won the a-n Bursary to go on a residency in Cornwall with Lumen Studios.