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Artist: Tim Lake


Artist: Tim Lake
Tim Lake, ENGLAND
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Fluidity, fullness and lift are attributes I look to impact into my pots. Always trying to bring the softness and suppleness of the material through the end of the processes. This combined with the alchemic adventure of taking a base material and transforming it into objects to use and beauty is the satisfying goal.

I collect various different materials from the coastline and countryside near to where I live in Cornwall. The use of these river silts, clays and sands imparts a sense of my connection with the region that I live in. One of the main ingredients is a material which I call "Red River Silt". I collect the silt from a river that empties out into St. Ives bay at Godrevy. The silt contains many different elements including the residue from hundreds of years of mining. I use this great material as a slip, a glaze ingredient, an "on-glaze" pigment and a glaze in its own right. I process the silt and other local clays into liquid clay slips, which are then applied by dipping or brushing onto the leather hard pots. While the slip is still fluid and wet I us my fingers to draw through the slip to reveal the clay body below. By doing this with vigor and immediacy I hope to give the pieces the vitality that I strive for.

A variety of different voices inform my ceramic practice, from East to West, Korea to Marshall, Karatsu to Toft. I hope that the combination of these influences and personal endeavor lead to pieces of work that have a subtle beauty that only clay can allow to happen.

I make a variety of forms, including rice bowls, lidded containers, drinking cups and pouring bowls. All work is thrown and turned on a slow turning kick wheel from a clay body that I have made up from a mixture of red clay, a stoneware clay from St. agnes, Cornwall and a silica sand. The work is fired between 1280-1300C with in reduction atmosphere.

EDUCATION/TRAINING
2008
PGCHE: UCF
1998
BA (Hons): Studio Ceramics, Falmouth College of Arts
1995
High National Diploma: Metal Crafts, Plymouth College of Art & Design
1993
National Diploma: Design, West Surrey College of Art and Design

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Full Member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
1998-Present
Potter
2013
Tim Lake Ceramics at No13 Broad Street, Penryn, Cornwall
2005-2011
Running Orangewonder Interior Products
2003-2009
Contract furniture designer and maker, specializing in bespoke and small batch runs of furniture for bars, restaurants and home interiors. Commissioned by Absolute Design, Linea Design, One Eco Home and Trengilly Wartha
2000-2011
Technician Instructor, University College Falmouth, Cornwall
1999
Production potter, Harris & Sons, Farnham Pottery, Surrey
1998
Landscape gardener

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSIONS
2013
‘Bright Lights’ Winter Show, The Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives
‘A Focus on…Tim Lake’ The Leach Pottery, St Ives, Cornwall
“Cornwall Ceramics Trail’ in conjunction with The Leach Pottery
‘Cornwall Design Fair’ Trefeife House, Cornwall
‘Summer Show’ The Belgrave, St Ives, Cornwall
‘Clay & Lime’ Joint Show with Joe Morris. Steele Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall
‘Substance’ Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, Mi, USA
‘Spring Collection’ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
‘Clay & Lime’ Joint Show with Joe Morris. Spring Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall
2012
‘Small & Precious’ Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford
‘Present Makers’ Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon
Cornwall Design Fair, Treriefe House, Cornwall
The Big Picture, Cape Town, South Africa. Bespoke promotional gifts
2011
Stella MacCartney LTD, Bespoke Christmas cards
2010
Rude Health. Bespoke Christmas cards
2008
CDF Exhibition. Brussels
2008AD. UCF Staff show
2007
Provadore. Falmouth Cornwall
The Architecture Centre, Bristol
I Heart Design, Partridge Fine Art, New Bond Street, London
Hidden Art Cornwall Design Fair, Godolphin House, Cornwall
2006
The Hampstead Design Fair, London
I Heart Design, Fuse studio, Broadway Market, London
Hidden Art Curated, Godolphin House, Cornwall
Salt@Home, Hayle, Cornwall
Desire. The Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset
Gifted. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon
Hidden Art Cornwall Design Fair, Godolphin House, Cornwall
Salone Satellite, Milan Furniture Fair, Italy
2005
Hidden Art Cornwall at Broadway Market, part of Hidden Art Open Studios
Hidden Art at Salt, Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall
Group show of new work by college staff, Design Centre, University College Falmouth, Cornwall
2002
Tinderbox: An exhibition of Contemporary Design, Falmouth, Cornwall
1999
Tim Lake & Sophie Tarbuck: Recent Work, Falmouth Arts Centre, Cornwall
Tim Lake: New Ceramics, Pam Schomberg Gallery, Colchester, Essex
1998
Ceramic home ware, Designers Guild, Kings Road, London
Summer Show: Ceramic Work, Galerie Besson, London
New Designers, Business Design Centre, London
1997
The Edge of a Line: Print & Ceramics Show, Falmouth, Cornwall
1995
International Metalwork and Silversmithing Show, Royal Goldsmiths, London
New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
The Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford
The Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, USA
The Leach Pottery, St Ives, Cornwall
Land Edge Arts, Crediton, Devon
The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracy, Devon
The Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall


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