Meri Wells : Profile

  • After Lorca,seated figure ceramic sculpture by Meri Wells

FURTHER EDUCATION

  • 1966 - 1968 Sutton and Epsom Schools of Art. Foundation and Diploma courses.
  • 1985 - 1988 University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. B.A. Hons. Degree, joint Visual Art and Drama. Concentrating on Ceramics and Theatre Design.

AWARDS

  • 1992 Scholarship to work at the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary.
  • 1996 Arts Council of Wales - Special Project Grant to attend Arts Symposium, Latvia
  • 2001 Arts Council of Wales - Special project grant to attend Porcelain Symposium, Siklos, Hungary
  • 2004 Wales Arts International – Special project bursary to work in Hlobani homestead, Swaziland
  • 2008 Wales Arts International-travel grant to attend Assembly of International Academy of Ceramics XiAn China
  • 2009 Awarded Elizabeth Wait Purchase Prize, Newport City Museum and Art Gallery, Gwent
  • 2010 Grant towards purchase of kiln Cyfle Creu
  • 2011 Wakelin Purchase Prize, Glynn Vivian Gallery Swansea
  • 2014 Travel grant Wales Arts International to work and exhibit in Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo

 

SYMPOSIA

 

1994
  • International Ceramics Studio Kecskemet Hungary
1996
  • Zvartava, Latvia
1999
  • Wroclaw, Poland - 'Porcelain, Another Way'
2001
  • Siklos, Hungary – 'Deforma, porcelain symposium'
2002 
  • Panevezys, Lithuania 

2005

  • Beladice, Slovakia

2006

  • Argillon, Walbrzch Poland

2007          Kohila, Estonia

2014          Kuching Sarawak Borneo

 

          

ASSOCIATIONS

  • National advisor to the Arts Council of Wales
  • Committee member of North Wales Potters Association. 1992-2002
  • Organising committee of the International Ceramics Festival. 1992-2002
  • Berniad/Selector Art Exhibition National Eisteddfod of Wales 2007
  • Elected Member, Royal Cambrian Academy
  • Elected Member, International Academy of Ceramics 2007

WORK IN COLLECTIONS

  • Townley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley
  • Collection of the Artist's Union, Latvia
  • Czech Agency of Ceramic Design, Czech Republic
  • City Art Gallery and Museum, Panevezys, Lithuania.
  • International Ceramics Studio Kecskemet Hungary
  • Saltzbrand Collection Coblenz Germany
  • Ceramics Collection University of Wales Aberystwyth
  • Sculpture Park, Kastiel Pusty Chotar Beladice, Slovenska Republika
  • Tabernacle Trust public collection Machynlleth
  • Collection, Estonian Association of Ceramic Arts, Kohila, Estonia
  • National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
  • Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth
  • Fuping Pottery Art Museum, XiAn, China
  • Newport City Museum and Art Gallery, Gwent
  • Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery ; purchased by the Brecknock Art Trust
  • Glynn Vivian Gallery Swansea
  • Universiti of Malaysia, Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

1992 /1996
  • INTERNATIONAL CERAMICS STUDIO KECSKEMET HUNGARY
1995
  • EISTEDDOD GENEDLAETHOL BRO COLWYN
  • CERAMIC SERIES, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
  • MUSEUM FOUNDATION, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest.
1996
  • CZECH AGENCY OF CERAMIC DESIGN, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.
1997
  • BOOTH HOUSE GALLERY, Yorkshire
1998
  • RIGA LATVIA Artists Union Gallery
1999
  • CERAMICS FROM WALES, Wrexham Arts Centre
  • GALERIE NA SOLNYM, Wroclaw, Poland
  • GALERIE BESSON, London.
2000
  • "ARTISTS FROM WALES" - Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland
2001
  • "DEFORMA GROUP" – Siklos, Hungary
  • PETER SCOTT GALLERY, Lancaster University
2002
  • ALBANY GALLERY, Cardiff.
  • PANEVEZYS CITY MUSEUM, Lithuania
  • NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS OF WALES, Site specific installation for BBC.
  • SALZBRAND, Koblenz, Germany.
2003
  • HARLEY GALLERY Worksop
2004
  • MEMORIAL GALLERY YALE COLLEGE Wrexham
  • GALERIE CHAPELLE DES URSULINES Lannion Brittany
  • THE ARC Chester
  • TABERNACL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART WALES
2005
  • ORIEL CANFAS Cardiff
  • ORIEL BANGOR
  • KASTIEL BELADICE Slovak Republic
2006
  • MOMA CYMRU Ceramics from Wales and Brittany
  • ORIEL MON
  • CEREDIGION MUSEUM Aberystwyth
  • NITRA GALLERY, Slovakia
  • MUZEUM OKREGOWE, Walbrzych, Poland
2007
  • Feile Clai Phoenix Park DUBLIN
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre 17 PRIME MAKERS
  • EARTH and FIRE Rufford
  • ROYAL CAMBRIAN ACADEMY, Conwy
  • Artist of the Year, Caerdydd
  • Tabernacle, Machynlleth
  • Yale College Wrexham, group show
  • Tohisu Manor Kohila, Estonia

2008

  • ClayArt, Denbigh
  • Earth and Fire, Rufford
  • Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
  • Washington Gallery, Penarth
  • International Academy of Ceramics, XiAn, China
  • Potfest in the Park, Penrith
  • Galeri Betws, Betws y Coed

2009

  • Potfest in the Park, Cumbria
  • Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff
  • Art de Jardin, Sculpture Garden, Rutland
  • Galeri Betws, Betws y Coed
  • YR Hen Tanerdy, MOMA, Machynlleth
  • Newport Museum and Gallery, Gwent       

2010

  • Earth and fire, Rufford
  • Potfest in the Park, Penrith Cumbria
  • International Academy of Ceramics Assembly Exhibition,Sevres Museum Paris
  • Art for Children, MOMA Machynlleth
  • Brecon Museum and Art Gallery
  • Swansea Museum
  • Atrium Cardiff (auction supporting Tros Gynnal childrens' charity)
  • LLangollen International Pavilion

 2011

  • Tegfryn Martin Tinney North January 28th-
  • Earth and Fire Rufford June
  • Potfest in the Park Cumbria July
  • MOMA Machynlleth Royal Cambrian Academy members Exhibition
  • Brooke Street Pottery and Gallery Hay on Wye
  • Billcliffe Gallery Glasgow
  • Llyfrgell Genedlaethol, National Library of Wales
  • Glyn Vivian Gallery, Swansea
  • Linton Court Gallery, Settle, North Yorkshire
  • Treigney France

2012

  •  WE Spirited Creatures Aberystwyth University Ceramics Collection
  • Tegfryn Porthaethwy
  • Barn Galleries Henley on Thames
  • Earth and Fire Rufford Notts
  • Potfest Penrith Cumbria
  • Galeri du Don France
  • International Academy of Ceramics, members exhibition Santa Fe Museum New Mexico
  • oriel Tegfryn Ynys Mon

2013         Earth and Fire Rufford Notts

                  Tegfryn summer show Porthaethwy Ynys Mon

                  Royal Cambrian Academy Conwy

                  Potfest in the Park Penrith Cumbria

                  Galeri du Don, Le Fel France

                  Tegfryn Ynys Mon

2014          MOMA Machynlleth 

                   IAC members exhibition Dublin Castle Ireland   

                Universiti of Malaysia, Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo

                 Martin Tinney Oriel Tegfryn, Menai Bridge Ynys Mon

                Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy 

                Galeri du Don France

2015         Martin tinney Gallery Tegfryn Porthaethwy Anglesey

               Earth & Fire Rufford Abbey Notts

               Potfest in the Park Penrith Cumbria

               Oriel Y Plasau Bala

               Galeri du Don France

               Moma Wales Machynlleth

2016        Yewtree Gallery Morvah Cornwal

               Tegfryn Ynys Mon

                Royal Cambrian Academy Conwy

               Earth and Fire Rufford

               Pots and Plants Bryngwyn Hall Bwlch y Cibau

               Ceramics Wales Wrexham

               Galeri du Don, France

PUBLICATIONS, TELEVISION ETC

 

1994
  • BBC TV Documentary, "RAKU AT CAECARROG"
1996
  • ZIG ZAG ARTS, BBC TV. Artist in Residence. (Broadcast 1997)
1997
  • AGORIAD LLYGAD, S4C. Artist in Residence. (Broadcast 1997)
  • SIOE GELF, S4C TV. Profile
1998
  • PERIOD LIVING. Profile article
  • CERAMICS - TWO IN ONE. Sterling Publishers, New York / Canada
1999
  • S4C Digital, Cwmni Zenana – International Potters Festival report
2000
  • SIOE GELF, S4C, critique of "The Field", Anthony Gormley
2001
  • CWMNI HON, Discussion programme on Women Artists in Wales
2002
  • SIOE GELF Television Profile
2003
  • SIOE GELF Programme on own sculpture
2004
  • Daily Post profile
2005
  • CERAMICS ART and PERCEPTION AUSTRALIA, Article by Jeffrey Jones
  • SIOE GELF profile S4C (new work)
  • SIOE GELF S4C, Item, with Marian Delyth about experience in Swaziland
  • Interview for Slovak National Television
  • PROFILE Radio Cymru, rhaglen Dai Tomos
2006
  • Interview for Welsh television about latest work
2007
  • Interview for Welsh radio arts programme
  • Interview, Radio 4 Womans Hour
  • Catalogue 17 Prime Makers
  • Catalogue Panevesys Lithuania Symposiums 1997-2007
  • Catalogue Members Exhibition International Academy of Ceramics Xian, China
2008
  • Series Radio Cymru Clasiron Celf (series of talks about classics in world art)
  • ARTICLE, CERAMICS ART AND PERCEPTION Exhibition Review, Ceramics Ireland
  • Cyfweliad/Interview Radio Cymru with Catrin Williams and Luned Rhys Parri

2009

                    Profile S4C rhaglen Bro, television programme

2010

  • S4C Profile rhaglen Bro
  • Circuit Ceramique a Sevres catalogue Ateliers d'Art de France

2011      

  • Ceramics Art and Perception Magazine  interview 

                 Y Wawr, erthygl gan Rhiannon Parri

2012          Ceramic Review

                 The Log Book

                  Artists Newsletter

 2014      

  • Review of Kilpeck exhibition MOMA Machynlleth Golwg

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