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Eddie Curtis

Overview

Eddie's career in ceramics started back in 1973 when he studied for his BA in ceramics at the Bath Academy of Art. From here Eddie worked tirelessly in his home town of Seaham as a repetition thrower and then took up employment in heavy industry to raise finance for the purchase of Middle Rigg, where he and his wife Margaret continue to work today.

His very first collections were oven to tableware, but over his career his focus has shifted to more sculptural works. His reputation grew as highly respected Ceramic Artist through his mastery of Copper Reds in the early 2000s. In 2010 he and Margaret were invited to show at Rufford Craft Centre for their two person show, 'Curtis Red'. A hugely successful show followed by his acclaimed solo show at Galerie Metzger near Aschaffenburg, Germany.

Around this time, Eddie paid a chance visit to a stretch of coastline near to his home town, locally known as 'The Blast'. This led to 'The Blast Series', a series that he continues to work on today and which has been shown extensively throughout the UK, Mainland Europe, New Delhi, New York, Michigan and Tokyo.

Eddie has exhibited globally, and is collected within both important private and public collections including the Ashmoleum Museum Oxford, Aberystwyth University, Kolumba and Grassi Museum, Leipzig. His work continues to command considerable international repute.

Born 1953
1973 -1976 - Studied at Bath Academy of Art
1976 -1977 - Repetition thrower at semi-industrial pottery
1979 - Established workshop at Middle Rigg

Prizes
​2017 - Detlef-Schmidt-Wilkens Preis fur Keramik. Oldenburger Keramiktage, Germany
2016 - Detlef-Schmidt-Wilkens Preis fur Keramik. Oldenburger Keramiktage, Germany
2010 - Award for excellence. Studiopottery.co.uk prize. Art in Clay, Hatfield
2004 - Juried prize, 1st prize 29th International Keramiekmarkt Gouda Holland
2004 - 2nd Prize, "Marche des Potiers" 9th Biennale de la Ceramique, Andenne, Belgium
2003 - 3rd prize, "Prize of the public" Gouda, Holland
2002 - 1st prize, "Prize of the public" Gouda, Holland
2002 - Sponsors 1st prize, Bols Liquers, 2nd Internationale Biennalle, Keramiek Park Van Brasschaat, Belgium
2002 - Highly Commended, Sothebys, "Dish of the Day" competition, Potfest in the Park

Awards
2006 - Arts Council England
2003 - Arts Council England, International Travel Award
2003 - Arts Council England, 'Cultural Business Venture Award'
2002 - One North East, Development grant
2002 - WVDC Marketing

Collections
2019 - Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany
2017 - Aberystwyth University, School of Art Museum and Galleries, Ceramic Collection
2012 - KOLUMBA Art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany
2007 - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 - The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, 'Modern Master'
2014 - Galerie​ Metzger , Johannesberg, near Asschaffenburg, Germany "Return to Landscape"
2013 - Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire
2013 - Beaux Arts, Bath
2012 - Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London "Eddie Curtis, Margaret Curtis: New Textures New Forms"
2011 - Beaux Arts, Bath
2010 - Metzger Galerie, Johannesberg, near Asschaffenburg, Germany "Curtis Red"
2010 - Rufford Park, Notttinghamshire "curtis red"
2008 - Beaux Arts, Bath
2008 - Lund Gallery, Easingwold
2008 - Inspires, Oxford
2008 - Brooke Street Gallery, Hay on Wye
2006 - Broughton Gallery, Biggar, Scotland
2005 - Lund Gallery, Easingwold, North Yorks
2005 - Galerie Mebius, Noordhorn, Netherlands
2004 - Beaux Arts, Bath

Selected group exhibitions
2019 - 'Sake Wares - A Contemporary Interpretation' The Stratford Gallery, Stratford on Avon, UK
2018 'Teabowl' The Stratford Gallery, Stratford on Avon, UK
2018 ''Jus de ceramique' Tiendschuur, Tegelen, Netherlands
2018 ''Small works' Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, Michigan, USA
2017 ''Sake' Oxford Ceramics Gallery, UK
2017 'Sake wares' Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, Michigan, USA
2016 'Teabowl' Oxford Ceramics Gallery, UK
2017 'Meister der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2015 - 'Sake Cup' Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo, Japan
2015 - 'Enflamed' Cavin Morris Gallery, New York
2014 - Biennale International de Ceramique Contemporaine de Sevres, Paris, France.
2007 - Christmas Present, The Shipley, Gateshead
2007 - Totally Teabowls, Oakwood Gallery, Thoresby
2005 - International Chawan exhibition, Het laatste Huis Belgium
2005 - International Ceramics Exhibition, Seeschloss Gmunden, Austria
2004 - Ceramics from the UK, Culture Centre, Parc van Braschaat, Belgium
2004 - UK Ceramics, Gallery Enju, Tottori City, Japan
2003 - Clay Ten, Woodbury Gallery, Exeter
2003 - British Contemporary Ceramics, British Embassy, St. Petersburg
2003 - In the Window, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
2003 - Isouan Gallery, Okazaki City, Aichi, Japan
2003 - Kawarabanya Gallery, Seto, Japan
2001 - Uniquely functional, Hugo Barclay Gallery, Brighton

Selected International Festivals
​2016 - Oldenburger Keramiktage, Germany
2015 - Ceramic Art York
2014 - Les Journees de la Ceramique, Paris, France
2013 - Ceramic Art London
2009 - Ceramic Art London
2009 - Diessener Topfermarkt, Diessen am Ammersee, Germany
2009 - Collect at the V&A, London
2009 - Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxford
2006 - Origin, The London Craft Fair
2006 - Internationale Keramiekmarkt, Swalmen Netherlands
2005 - Keramisto, Milsbeek, Netherlands
2005 - Topfermarkt Gmunden, Austria
2005 - 15eme Marche de Potiers de Giroussens, France
2004 - 9th Biennale de la Ceramique, Andenne, Belgium
2003 - Ceramic Festival, Banko Potters, Yokkaichi, Japan

Works