Karen Hanvidge - Karen Hanvidge Ceramics
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I was born in and lived the first 11 years of my life in LA, California. My early childhood in the 60s was spent very much outdoors in the sunshine and by the seaside. I have vivid memories of a bright and sunshiny childhood full of colour, shapes, pattern and music. We all moved back to Scotland in the 70s as my parents were homesick for their homeland.
I have drawn and painted since childhood and in my mid 40s decided to apply for art school to fulfil a long held dream to go to art school and work with clay after being introduced to it as a child in California. I studied Ceramics Design at the globally recognized Glasgow School of Art part- time and in 2011 I completed my BA (Hons) in Ceramics Design. Since my first introduction to clay I have been completely seduced by the pliability of this medium and compelled to discover how I can combine my love of drawing and painting with clay
Now living and working from my studio in Renfrew I continue to explore new ideas and my local town of Paisley and its heritage has been a huge inspiration in my designs and making.
In 2016 I won a competition to design and make the awards for the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year Awards and have just completed a commission for Paisley Museum to create a ceramic bell for their world renowned ceramic collection. Also, thanks to Paisley 2021 and Culture, Events & Heritage Funding I currently run ceramics classes in Paisley Town Centre.
The colours, shapes and patterns of my life continue to influence me when I am making and designing and I am continually experimenting and discovering new ways of designing and making with clay.
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