'Traces' Opening at Mission Gallery

21st Septemberr - 9th November

Mission Gallery Exhibition Opening: Kate Haywood in conversation with Claire Curneen

2pm Saturday 21 September 2019

‘Kate Haywood’s exquisite porcelain forms are at once assured and delicate. Made with keen attention to detail, each form is precise and elegant.

Kate has a passion for objects, sometimes hand-held objects, often objects from the past. She scours museum collections and researches archives to identify intriguing pieces and purposes. Kate’s recent work is inspired by children’s games, games from a time when they were more readily played in the street than they might be today.

Combining her ceramic sculptures with other materials adds layers of reference and appeal. Everyone will recognise different traces in her new body of work.’

Part of the Language of Clay, Curated by Ceri Jones.

Kate Haywood, Hailropes, 2018, 17x9x5cm (Photo Credit Dewi Tannatt Lloyd) (5).jpg

Future lights at The British Ceramics Biennial

Future Lights return to The British Ceramics Biennial this year, paying homage to the 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus, artists have responded to the theme ‘The Spirit of the Bauhaus’.

7 Sep–13 Oct 2019 / Spode China Hall

Future Lights is an annual competition platform for emerging professionals pursing a career in ceramics. Each year the Future Lights competition brings together a group of 6 new graduates living in Europe in support of cross-disciplinary learning and approaches between ceramic designers, art historians, researchers, makers and artists of the future.’

‘With an international cohort of ambassadors for ceramics the Future Lights competition reaches new audiences and continues to connect and inspire the next wave of talent coming through.’


Alice Walton, Amy Mackle , Atis Snevelis, Chloë Dowds , Francesca Romei, Karolina Bednorz, Kate Haywood Kristina Rutar, Maria Braun, Maria Gasparian , Maria Joanna Juchnowska, Maria Punkkinen, Manos Kalamenios , Rhiannon Ewing-James , Supawan Sihapoompichit Morris, Wendy Ward, Yuka Kikumoto

Kate Haywood, Lidden, 2018, 9.5x10x2.7cm (Photo Credit Dewi Tannatt Lloyd) (4).jpg

'Traces' Opens at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

Language of Clay: Traces opens at its third venue, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre. From Saturday 3rd August to 14th September.

Join us from 12 -2pm for the opening and an in-conversation with Alex McErlain.

‘Kate’s work may appear strangely familiar as you may sense the form of a horn drinking cup or a colour palette resonant of Elizabethan tapestries. The surfaces which her work is placed reverberate with shadows of human things. Her objects are made at the edge of her consciousness, in the place where fiction and truth collide.’  Sharon Blakey, 2018

Kate Haywood, Ness, 2018, 12x11x15cm (Photo Credit Dewi Tannatt Lloyd) (2).jpg

Industrialised: Art in Manufacturing in the Gallery

INDUSTRIALISED, Art in Manufacturing in the Gallery, part of The National Festival of Making, opens at Blackburn Art Gallery (15th June - 15th September 2019).

‘Kate Haywood’s purposely precarious ceramic works have their material properties in the foreground, with the artist creating hung pieces comprised of impossibly linked ceramic loops and scattered, strung components isolated without any obvious, practical use, being at once foreign and yet familiar in their wall-mounted formations.’

‘Industrialised is an opportunity to recognise the powerful links between manufacturing industries and artists. Artists have continued to rely on the skills of fabricators, forgers, casters and welders to realise their creative works and place them in the public view. Artists from Lowry to Rauschenberg have been heavily inspired by the visual imagery of factories and the humanity of the industry working inside them. Industrialised is a showcase of contemporary artists and current approaches to working with, or reflecting on these same subject matters, and in this we can see a new set of social commentaries on industries deeply resonant effect on global and local politics, social structures and our environment today.’

Alex Zawadzki from The National Festival of Making and Curator of Industrialised

Kate Haywood, Kolo, 2014, 200x64x11cm (detail 1) High Res.JPG

Language of Clay - Catalogue

The Language of Clay ‘Traces’ exhibition catalogue is available for purchase here

‘This beautiful publication accompanies the final exhibition in the second series of solo exhibitions of work by practitioners who use and express clay in very different ways.’

Language of Clay - Opening at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

‘Language of Clay - Traces’ is now open at  Aberystwyth Art Centre’s Ceramics Galleries

13th April - 9th June

‘The Language of Clay is a series of national solo touring exhibitions organised by Mission Gallery and funded by the Arts Council of Wales.’ The series are curated by Ceri Jones.

Dalloop (detail)  Photo Credit: Dewi Tannatt Lloyd

Dalloop (detail)

Photo Credit: Dewi Tannatt Lloyd

Ceramic Review - Editor's Choice

‘Traces' Language of Clay Exhibition - Ruthin Craft Centre

Delighted to have been selected as Editor’s Choice in the current gallery pages of Ceramic Review magazine, thank you Karen!

‘The Language of Clay is an ongoing project that celebrates the diversity of accomplished ceramic practice. It presents new bodies of work by selected contemporary ceramic artists with studio practices in Wales. ‘ 

You can find out more about this project and view the exhibitions touring schedule here

Rituals - Bluecoat Display Centre

‘Rituals’ opens at the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool. 

PV Friday 8th March 5.30-7.30

Saturday 9th March 2019 - Saturday 27th April 2019

‘A mixed media exhibition that will explore the idea of craft objects making our everyday ‘rituals’ such as drinking tea or coffee into a ceremony of sorts. Simply put as examining the objects we collect and how we use them in our everyday lives.’


Language of Clay - Opening at Ruthin Craft Centre


Kate Haywood | Traces

The latest exhibition in The Language of Clay series opens at Ruthin Craft Centre 2nd February

Curated by Ceri Jones

‘Traces is a solo exhibition by Kate Haywood and is one in the second series of national touring exhibitions known as The Language of Clay. Traces presents a new body of work that draws on a wealth of research and a memory of objects. It uses ceramic to re-imagine objects lost to the past. Yet, in the field of contemporary ceramics, Kate’s is a progressive practice that brings its own language to the wider dialogue around ceramic making and use.’

‘The Language of Clay is a National Touring exhibition series. The initiative is organised by Mission Gallery in Swansea and is delivered in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Aberystwyth Ceramics Gallery. The initiative is funded by the Arts Council of Wales.’

Photo credit: Dewi Tannatt Lloyd

Photo credit: Dewi Tannatt Lloyd

Nexus: Meetings At The Edge

Curated by Dr. Elizabeth Goring, Nexus: Meetings At the Edge, opens in Ruthin Craft Centre on the 29th September and runs until 18th November. The online catalogue is available to view here.

‘Nexus Celebrates the unexpected. None of the work in this exhibition may be quite what it seems…’

Kate Haywood, Pind, 22x17x3.5cm, 2016, Photo Credit Ole Akhøj 1.JPG

Nexus: Meetings At The Edge

View Nexus at Kirkcaldy Galleries until 10th June. Curated by Dr. Elizabeth Goring in Collaboration with Fife Contemporary and Ruthin Craft Centre

'This exhibition looks at some of the ways in which 21st-century artists and makers are changing preconceptions about their art forms.'

'The exhibitors in Nexus are linked by great technical skill, a capacity for free-thinking and confidence in their ideas. However, each has found their own way of extending the boundaries of their art form.'

Photgrapghy:  Michael Wolchover

Photgrapghy:  Michael Wolchover

Is It Useful?

 Is it Useful? at Unit Twelve Gallery (26th April- 1st September 2018)

This exhibition has been co curated by Charlie Birtles and will showcase a collection of beautifully handcrafted, intellectually conceptual objects. This exhibition playfully reconsiders the objects of our day to day domestic life; each object feels familiar, yet provides a challenge to interpret. Artists confirmed for this exhibition are: Victoria Scholes, Tara Squibb, Anne Gibbs, Richard McVetis, Zoe Robertson, Elaine Bolt and Annemarie O’Sullivan - 'Making ground' collaborationRosie DeeganBethany Stafford, Ellie Birkhead, Katy Gilliam Hull, Kate Haywood and Fran Buxton

Kate Haywood, Bow, 2018, 15x7x5cm, Porcelain.jpg

Ambiguous Implements

Ambiguous Implements opens at Contemporary Forward @ Touchstones

21st April - 30th June

Bringing together 18 practitioners from the fields of design, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork and sculpture Ambiguous Implements presents a collection of contemporary works that playfully reconsider the familiar objects of our day-to-day domestic life.

Re-thinking the tools we use for eating, grooming, cooking and cleaning, the exhibiting artists have employed and subverted traditional craft techniques, reframed existing tools in new sculptural assemblages, or given seemingly banal objects new functions and effects.

Featured artists: Rob Anderson, Aimee Bollu, Caroline Broadhead, David Clarke, Nuala Clooney, Rachael Colley, Rosie Deegan, Kate Farley, Daniel Fogarty, Joe Hartley, Kate Haywood, Jasleen Kaur, Julie Mellor, Maria Militsi, Rebecca Ounstead, Matt Rowe, Jonathan Trayte and Abbie Williams each present new and existing works. Ambiguous Implements is a touring exhibition curated by Laura Mansfield in collaboration with Rachael Colley and Nuala Clooney.

Kate Haywood, Gavotte, 2014, 64x46x3cm, High Res.jpg

NEXUS: Meetings at the edge

Nexus: Meetings at the edge opens at the Kirkcaldy Galleries on Saturday 31 March  and runs until Sunday 10 June before touring to Ruthin Craft Centre.

I'll be showing a range of works and processes, including: ceramics, textiles, glass, wood and photography.                                                                                   

'This exhibition looks at some of the ways in which 21st-century artists and makers are changing preconceptions about their art forms'.

Jewellery, silversmithing, textiles and ceramics all have long histories and deep-rooted traditions behind them. Today their familiar, often restricting, boundaries are being expanded by makers taking leaps of imagination and devising fresh approaches to the way they work.

The exhibitors in Nexus are linked by great technical skill, a capacity for free-thinking and confidence in their ideas. However, each has found their own way of extending the boundaries of their art form.

Nexus celebrates the unexpected. None of the work in this exhibition may be quite what it seems…'

Curated by Dr Elizabeth Goring in collaboration with Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales.'