Born in London in 1976, A.S. Rope went on to study Fine Art at the University of Newcastle (1995-1999). Following a career as an interactive designer in new media and advertising, Rope completed a Masters in Communication Design, specialising in illustration, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (2007-2009). While working as an illustrator and lecturer in 2012 she enrolled on a ceramics class at Morley College, London. Here her aim was to explore the making of 3-dimensional forms on which she could draw and paint. In 2015, Rope made the change to focus her creative practice on ceramics.
Inspired by the geometry and richness of the built environment, from Neolithic stone circles to Gothic cathedrals through to industrial and domestic buildings of the 20th century, her constructed vessels incorporate both wheel-thrown and hand-building techniques.
Today, Rope works from her studio in south-east London, Grove Vale Ceramics Ė a workspace and gallery she co-founded with Lise Herud Braten in 2020. She also teaches ceramic courses at The Kiln Rooms in Peckham, London.
2011-2012 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Teaching Qualification), University of Southampton
2007-2009 MA Communication Design (Illustration), Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London
1995-1999 BA Fine Art (Hons), University of Newcastle
2023 Earth Materials, Gallery 57, Arundel
2023 Abstract, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge Potfest, Compton Verney
2023 Natural (Re)Sources, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin
2023 Celebrating Ceramics, Waterperry Gardens, Oxford
2023 CPA Oxford Ceramics Fair, Oxford
2023 Made London, Angel
2022 CPA Oxford Ceramics Fair, Oxford
2019 CLAYmakers, Kobi and Teal, Bruton
2018 Christmas Exhibition, Gallery 57, Arundel
2017 Healís Collectables, London Healís Made in London, London
2016 Bils & Rye Emerging Potter Exhibition, Harrogate
2015 MADE2015: Ceramics at Morley Gallery, London