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Name: Wendy Kershaw


After working as artist in residence, lecturer and technician Wendy Kershaw is now a full time ceramicist. Based in an old farmhouse, in a glen near Lochwinnoch, Scotland.

Wendy creates narrative illustrations on porcelain, usually in the form of framed panels, but also porcelain books and folding screens. She intricately builds up rich layers of imagery, by etching into porcelain with needles, then working in stains, transfers and on-glaze. Her skilful techniques and multiple firings produce unique detailed images.

The themes that she illustrates range from the poetry of Keats and Tennyson, celebrations of the small joys of life and her own stories.

A large influence on her work were three residencies in China, where she was invited after her work was exhibited in America. These were in the historic porcelain capital of Jingdezhen, Shanghai and as part of the UK delegation to the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums.

An award winning ceramicist Wendy exhibits in the UK and internationally, and has work in the permanent collections of two museums in China



1993-1995    Cardiff Institute of Higher Education
1989-1993    Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
1985-1987    Cardonald College, Glasgow

1995    M.A Ceramics
1994    Postgraduate Diploma Ceramics
1993    B.A (Hons.) Ceramics, First Class
1987    Scotvec Diploma in Art & Design

2014    ‘Kaleidoscope’, The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
2013    Ceramic Art London, The Royal College of Art
The Cone Box Show, NCECA, Houston, Texas, USA
Spring Fling, Barbarroch Pottery, Dumfries & Galloway
Potfest in the Park, Hutton-in-the-Forrest, Cumbria
2012    The Cone Box Show (Purchase Award Winner) Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Scapa Studio, Orkney
2011    ‘UNITE’ Craft Scotland Exhibition, Collins Gallery, Glasgow
2010    Craft Scotland Focus Exhibition, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2009    Group Show at The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China
2008    British Residency Exhibition, at the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums, Shaanxi, China
The Cone Box Show (Awarded Best in Show), NCECA, Pittsburgh
Baker University, Kansas
Shanghai, China
The Hill House (National Trust for Scotland) Exhibition, Helensburgh, Scotland
2007    ‘FILLING THE MUD WITH TWILIGHT’ , Atrium Gallery, Glasgow School of Art
2006    ‘Unusual Objects’, The Pottery Workshop Gallery, Shanghai, China
Pottery Workshop Resident Artists Exhibition,  Jingdezhen, China
International ceramic masters Exhibition, Jingdezhen Ceramic Museum,

2013    ‘500 Prints in Clay’ Lark Book
Natural Glazes, Collecting and making, Miranda Forrest
2007    Ceramics Review, May/June
‘Craft Galleries Guide’ Editors choice
2006    ‘Morning Shanghai’
2005    ‘Ceramics Ireland’
1999    ‘The Spark’ Borders Television Arts series
‘Practical Solutions for Potters’ by Gill Bliss

Professional Experience
2013     Ceramic Book Workshop, The Wigtown Book Festival
2012    ‘Ceramic Surface’ Workshop, Scottish Potters Association
‘Ceramic Surface’, North Wales Potters
‘Ceramic Surface’, Society of Cork Potters
2011/12    Continuing Education Tutor at The Glasgow School of Art
2011    ‘Ceramic Surface’, Workshops for Ceramics Ireland, Kerry, Ireland
2009    Panel Discussion leader, Aberystwyth International Ceramics Festival
2008    FuLe International Ceramics Art Museums residency, Fuping, China
Awarded a creative development grant by The Scottish Arts Council
‘Ceramic Surface’, workshop for South Wales Potters
2007    ‘Ceramic Surface’, workshop for Ceramics Ireland, Kerry, Ireland
2006    Invited artist to The Pottery Workshops in Jingdezhen and Shanghai, China
Awarded a creative development grant by The Scottish Arts Council
2001    Visiting artist, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA
2000-2011    Ceramics Technician, The Glasgow School of Art
1999    Ceramics Lecturer, Glenrothes College
Demonstrator in collaborative arts project, Brittany, France
1998    Artist in Residence, Maxwelltown High school / Gracefield Arts Centre
Visiting artist and workshop leader, Crighton psychiatric hospital
1995-1997    Artist in residence, St.George’s school, Ascot