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Margaret Curtis


Margaret set up her studio with husband Eddie in 1979 at Middle Rigg, County Durham. Establishing herself as a ceramicist with a fascination for the ancient forms and techniques from Japan, Margaret visited Hagi and spent time with a National Living Treasure, Miwa Kyusetsu. She was absorbed by the heavily grogged black clay that was decorated with snowy white Shino glazes.

From that point Margaret has worked with black clay making traditional and adapted vessel shapes and adorning them with amazing thick, muted, cracked and unctuous slips and glazes. Her highly acclaimed work is widely collected internationally and held in prestigious public and private collections. Margaret's approach and sensitivity towards her material and form produces the most beautiful, often understated, and quietly sublime results. This has led to her reputation as not only a highly respected standard setter in contemporary studio ceramics, but as one of the leading female figures in ceramic art today.

Solo Exhibitions
2021 The Beauty of Imperfection, The Stratford Gallery
​2019 'Margaret Curtis Surface', Contemporary Ceramic Centre, London
2014 'The Beauty of Imperfection', Galerie Metzger, Germany
2012 'Eddie Curtis, Margaret Curtis: New Textures, New Forms', Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
2010 'Curtis Red', Galerie Metzger, Johannesberg, Germany
2010 'Curtis Red', Rufford Park, Notttinghamshire
2008 Beaux Arts, Bath
2008 Lund Gallery, Easingwold, UK
2008 Brooke Street Gallery, Hay on Wye, UK
2006 Broughton Gallery, Biggar, UK
2005 Lund Gallery, Easingwold, North Yorkshire, UK
2005 Galerie Mebius, Noordhorn, The Netherlands
2004 Beaux Arts, Bath, UK

Group Exhibitions
​2020 Kleine und Grose Bescherungen, Galerie Metzger, Germany
​2020 Strong, Resilient, Feminine, Schaller Gallery, US
​2020 Plate Show lll, Schaller Gallery, US
2020 ​Beyond The Surface, Bircham Gallery, UK
​2019 'The Sake Vessel-Contemporary Interpretations', The Stratford Gallery
​2019 'Nature' Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
​2018 Plates and Bowls, Galerie Metzger, Aschaffenburg, Germany
​2017 'Sake Wares' Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, Michigan, US
2017 'Sake', Oxford Ceramics Gallery, UK
​2016 'Earth Skin' Cavin Morris, New York
​2016 Yunomi Invitational, Akar Design, Iowa, US
​2016 'Tea Bowls' Oxford Ceramics Gallery, UK
​2015 'Sake Ware', Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo, Japan
​2013 'Insight into Beauty', Embassy of Japan, London
2013 'Ceramics Now', Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
2011 'Chawan Exhibition', Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo, Japan
2007 'Totally Teabowls', Oakwood Gallery, Thoresby, UK
2005 'International Chawan Exhibition', Het laatste Huis, Belgium
2005 'International Ceramics Exhibition', Seeschloss Gmunden, Austria
2004 'UK Ceramics', Gallery Enju, Tottori City, Japan
2003 Isouan Gallery, Okazaki City, Aichi, Japan
2003 Kawarabanya Gallery, Seto, Japan

Awards & Prizes
2006 Arts Council England (Cultural Business Venture Award)
2003 1st Prize, Keramiekprijs Noord Nederland, Dwingeloo, Holland
2003 Honorary Award, Cultural Foundation of Okada, Banko Potters, Yokkaichi, Japan
2003 International Travel Award, Arts Council England
2002 WVDC Marketing Award, One North East

2018 Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, Germany

Studio Shots