4th December 2021
LoveClay c/o Valentine Clays
In association with our Chistmas festivities were are priviledged to have back notable ceramic artist Liz Watt’s ASWA (Associate of The Society of Women Artists) with her latest exhibition notably entitled the Night before Christmas.
Liz is a sculptor and ceramicist producing work in ceramic, primarily porcelain, bronze and papier-mâchè and will be showcasing a variety of ceramic work that is intended to encapsulate the festive season as well as inspiring those that visit LoveClay. All items are available to purchase and there will be regular ‘meet the artist’ events taken place throughout December & January.
Liz’s exhibition will be running until Sunday 30th January 2021.
During this special exhibition we will have dedicated Meet The Artist session with the first taking place on
Saturday 4th December 2021 from 11am to 4pm
Visitors can meet Liz and discuss her latest exhibition between 11am to 2.30pm and those that would like a more one to one experience can book an afternoon session too. To book see details below.
LoveClay will be open during the exhibition for anyone that would like to visit:
Please note that we will be closed from Wednesday 22nd December 2021 and will re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
The Night before Christmas
My roots are in sculpture, and I have always tried to encourage people to handle my work, touch is integral to enjoying my work.
With bronze this is relatively easy but harder with my porcelain work, it appears intricate and delicate yet it is much stronger than it seems.
I started setting my work in ‘installation’ formats several years ago, in an attempt to encourage ‘hands on’, the Night Before Christmas continues this idea.
My first installations were banquets, with sweets in the bowls, to tempt hands in.
The next one I did was ‘Beached’ where I put objects down on a mock beach.
Both these exhibitions have been shown at Love Clay, Valentines Clays.
I have subsequently also created a garden and a bedroom, and it is the bedroom I am bringing to Stoke for Christmas 2021.
I chose to base my themes on everyday places, places where the visitor feels ‘at home’ and confident to touch and handle the work. (harder during Covid, so please ask before touching)
I enjoy incorporating environmental and political ideas amongst my decorative pieces, where you will stumble across them.
Check dates for the ‘meet the artist’ events during the exhibitions so you can be ask directly about the ideas and inspirations behind my work.
About the artist Liz Watts
Liz is a sculptor and ceramicist producing work in ceramic, primarily porcelain, bronze and papier-mâchè. She trained as Veterinary surgeon at the RDVS, Edinburgh and Worked in large and small animal practice for 10 years. In 1992 she moved to Chantilly in northern France. Here she studied decorative porcelain painting and between1998-2002 sculpture and ceramics at l’Atelier des Beaux-Arts Henri Matisse, Creil, France. Her work has been exhibited widely including at:
She has also exhibited at both ‘Art in Clay’ in Hatfield (now Windsor) and ‘Art in Clay’ Farnham.
In 2015 she received a 5* ‘Outstanding’ review her joint installation on The Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a textile artist at The E.D.S. Gallery. In 2016 the gallery Invited her back with an installation ‘Beached’ in which she collaborated with poets and storytellers. Both these installations have subsequently been exhibited in other venues.
In April 2016 she won first prize at the United Society of Artists Annual exhibition at the Bankside Gallery, Southbank. During 2017, 2018 and 2019 she exhibited at:
The work selected for the Society of Women artists at The Mall Galleries in September 2019 won: The Cavendish Venues Sculpture award for ‘A stunning collection of ceramics’
This spring, 2021, Ilminster Arts Centre opened up after lockdown with her banquet installation ‘A Floral Feast’
This August Liz was honored to be elected an Associate of the Society of Women Artists and currently has work in their online exhibition.