Clare Twomey - Biography

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Clare Twomey is a British artist who works with clay in constructing large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works.

Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Tate- UK, Victoria and Albert Museum UK, Crafts Council-UK, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto-Japan. A major Exhibition at the Crafts Council in 2003, Approaching Content curated by Jonathan Parsons, saw Clare Twomeys work take a prominent roll contributing to contemporary discussions on clay. In 2004 Twomeys work was exhibited at the TATE Liverpools exhibition A Secret History of Clay from Gauguin to Gormley.

She has developed affiliations with industry including, Royal Crown Derby, Emerys minerals and Wedgwood. Sarah Weir, Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for the Olympic Delivery Authority, said in 2006 of Twomeys museum intervention: " Clare is challenging the boundaries of ceramic practice through a temporary installation which will allow the audience to take away their own personal piece of the art work".

Site Specific Exhibitions

  • 2011 Thing, Tang, Trash – Permanenten, Bergen Art Museum Bergen, Norway
  • 2011 Collecting the Edges – Denver Art Museum
  • 2011 Is it madness, Is it beauty – Rotor – Siobhan Davis. London
  • 2011 Present Traces – Ceramics in Contemporary Art, Gl Holdegard, Denmark
  • 2010 Specimen – Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 2010 A Dark Day in Paradise – Brighton Pavillion, UK
  • 2010 Forever – Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
  • 2009 Earth – Royal Academy of Arts. London
  • 2009 The Collection – Raphael Gallery V&A. London
  • 2009 Scribe  House of Words – Dr.Johnson's House.London.UK
  • 2009 Monument – MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. UK
  • 2009 Monument – Zuiderzee Museum, Holland.
  • 2008 Witness – Jerwood Contemporary Makers, London
  • 2007 Blossom – Eden Project, Cape Farewell collaboration, UK Trophy – Victoria & Albert Museum, London-RAW – Northern Clay Centre, MN, USA
  • 2004 The Secret History of Clay, Tate Gallery, Liverpool. UK/Approaching Content, Crags Council. London
  • 2004 Heirloom – Mission Gallery, Swansea.
  • 2003 Gibbsite Stables – National Trust, Temporary Installation. Gateshead. UK
  • 2002 Still, Applied Arts Agency, London
  • 2002 North Ceramics Events, Burton Gallery, Bideford Watching Change, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork
  • 1998 The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2007 Think Tank  Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2006 White Spirit  Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges, France
  • 2002 Gun Show, Soil Gallery, Seattle, USA
  • 2002 Guns and Roses, Transit, London
  • 2001 Kaphenberg Biennial, Austria, Denmark
  • 2001 Ist World Ceramic Biennial, Korea. Awarded certificate of merit.
  • 2001 Porcelain Triennial, Nyon, Switzerland. Awarded City of Nyon Exhibition prize. Manises Biennial De Ceramica , Spain Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan. Edinburgh Makers.
  • 1999 Ceramic Contemporaries 3, London, Edinburgh, Stoke on Trent. Awarded Exhibition Prize.
  • 1999 51st Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’Arte Contemporanea , Faenza, Italy


  • 2009 ACE funding Specimen – Royal Academy
  • 2006 ACE funding Trophy V&A
  • 2004 AHRC Research Fellow University of Westminster, London
  • 2002 London Arts Board, London Visual Arts Artist Fund.
  • 2001 City of Nyon Exhibition Prize, Porcelain Triennial Exhibition
  • 2001 Selected Makers index Crags Council
  • 1999 Exhibition Prize, Ceramic Contemporaries 3
  • 1998 Royal British Sculpture Society, membership
  • award.


  • 2009 Vice President Worlds Crags Council Europe
  • 2008 Chair of UK – World Crags Council Europe Board of trustees PoPers Charitable Trust ISCAEE  Board of Trusties The International Society of Ceramic Art Education Exchange
  • 2005 Member of The International Academy of Ceramics. Geneva.

Public Collections

Swiss National Museum, Nyon, Switzerland Museo Internazionale Della Ceramiche, Feanza, Italy. Hungarian National Ceramics Collection, Kesckemet Hungary. Great Ormond Street Hospital, Arts Project. Entrance Atrium Sculpture. The Wedgwood Collection national archive. Victoria and Albert Museum London