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PENNY HAMPSON

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My career in Ceramics began in 1972 studying at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. I returned to complete my MA in 2009. In Manchester, from 1978, I exhibited and sold my figurative pieces documenting the city to collectors through the Platform 1 Gallery on South King St. I moved to Hebden Bridge in the mid eighties. I had been making tiles to commission before working on community based projects locally. These skills led me to very large public art commissions in England and Wales. I enjoyed being based temporarily in places like Tiverton in Devon (Exe Valley Leisure Centre Swimming Pool floor) and Keswick in Cumbria (Lake Rd Subway). I like to mix contemporary industrial processes with the hand-made. Each project or residency has led me to research a different technique and material, new and old. Currently I am revisiting these skills and materials to make on a small scale.

I am very active in the research of architectural ceramics through visits to historic and contemporary sites, factories and events in the UK and Europe. I write for the Glazed Expressions magazine of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society and am involved with their forthcoming conference in Manchester.

I set up my studio in the decommissioned kitchen of the Birchcliffe Centre basement in 2009. Other ceramic artists have joined me.

I glaze industrial tiles and I make tiles. I document and write about the making of contemporary architectural ceramics.

BIRCHCLIFFE CENTRE
Ceramics Hub
Hebden Bridge

Phone: 07718 387316
Email: pennyhampson@gmail.com
Website: www.axisweb.org/p/penelopehampson/

Penny Hampson

My career in Ceramics began in 1972 studying at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. I returned to complete my MA in 2009. In Manchester, from 1978, I exhibited and sold my figurative pieces documenting the city to collectors through the Platform 1 Gallery on South King St. I moved to Hebden Bridge in the mid eighties. I had been making tiles to commission before working on community based projects locally. These skills led me to very large public art commissions in England and Wales. I enjoyed being based temporarily in places like Tiverton in Devon (Exe Valley Leisure Centre Swimming Pool floor) and Keswick in Cumbria (Lake Rd Subway). I like to mix contemporary industrial processes with the hand-made. Each project or residency has led me to research a different technique and material, new and old. Currently I am revisiting these skills and materials to make on a small scale.

I am very active in the research of architectural ceramics through visits to historic and contemporary sites, factories and events in the UK and Europe. I write for the Glazed Expressions magazine of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society and am involved with their forthcoming conference in Manchester.

I set up my studio in the decommissioned kitchen of the Birchcliffe Centre basement in 2009. Other ceramic artists have joined me.