Phoebe Cummings

Research Profile

Artist Profile


Phoebe Cummings creates detailed, temporary sculptures and environments from clay.  Often the work comes to exist only as documented through photography or film.  She has an ongoing interest in time and nature, considering also how it has been represented and stylised through design.  Cummings studied Three-dimensional Crafts at the University of Brighton before completing an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2005.  She has undertaken a number of residencies in the UK, US, Canada and Greenland,  including an Arts/Industry residency at the Kohler factory Wisconsin (2008), a Ceramics Residency at the Victoria & Albert Museum (2010) and a Ceramics Fellowship at Camden Art Centre (2012/13).  She was the winner of the British Ceramics Biennial Award 2011 and is shortlisted for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017.

Selected Exhibitions:

  • 2017 Contemporary Clay, Galway Arts Centre, Ireland
  • 2017 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize Exhibition, V&A, London (touring)
  • 2017 C’est le Bouquet! Fondation d’entreprise Bernardaud, Limoges
  • 2016 FireWorks, Gallery S O, London
  • 2016 Woman’s Work, AirSpace, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2016 Virginia McClure Ceramics Biennale, Visual Arts Centre, Montreal
  • 2016 Material Language, New Art Centre - Roche Court, Salisbury
  • 2015 Fragile?, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
  • 2015 Production Line, Southampton City Art Gallery (Contemporary Art Society- Craft Acquisition Scheme)
  • 2014 Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin,
  • 2013 Commissioned installation for British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2013 Cella (solo show), University of Hawai’i Art Gallery, Honolulu
  • 2012 Swept Away: Dust, Ashes & Dirt in Contemporary Art & Design, MAD Museum, New York
  • 2012 Formed Thoughts, Jerwood Space, London
  • 2011 British Ceramics Biennial Awards Exhibition, Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2011 60|40 Starting Point Series 2011, Siobhan Davies Studios, London
  • 2011 Down There Among The Roots, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance
  • 2008 The Void Ratio, St Michael’s Church, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne


  • 2016 Micro-residency at the studio of Rebecca S. Hutchinson (International Development Fund), Montana
  • 2013 Visiting Artist - University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • 2013 Ceramics Fellowship - Camden Arts Centre, London
  • 2010 Ceramics artist-in-residence, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • 2009 I-Park: Environmental Art Programme, Connecticut
  • 2008 Arts/Industry residency, John Michael Kohler Arts Centre/ Kohler Co., Wisconsin
  • 2007 Artist-in-residence, Upernavik Museum, Greenland
  • 2007 Artist-in-residence, Bolwick Hall, Norfolk


  • 2017 Shortlisted – Woman’s Hour Craft Prize
  • 2016 International Development Fund (Arts Council England/British Council)
  • 2011 Winner – British Ceramics Biennial Award
  • 2007 Arts Council England – Grant for the Arts