CV

Qualification

BA First Class Honours Ceramics and Sculpture                  

University of Wolverhampton 2003


Strengths/Skills 

Successful Designer/Maker business as Ruth Gibson Ceramics. Exhibiting on a National level at Ceramic Shows and events. Supplying Galleries and gift shops.

Completion of successful public art commissions working in brick and ceramics.

Project Management and lead artist of ‘Benchart’ a Community and Public Art     Project involving commissioning new public artworks, bus shelters and benches, organising and delivering a wide range of arts workshops, lectures and presentations.  Arts Council Funded   

Developed a strong working relationship with the brick industry and receive regular support, technical advice and sponsorship from Ibstock and Blockleys Brick.

Involved in various community arts projects, from organisation and fundraising to delivering ceramic, clay, eco-art and art and health workshops.

Key role in instigating, developing and project management of Cloud Gallery 


Recent Exhibitions:

2017 Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog Selected exhibition of NWP and SWP

2017 Art in Clay, Hatfield House

2017 Aberystwyth International Ceramics Festival

2017 Heritage and Diversity, International Ceramic exhibition, Seoul, South Korea

2016 Shrewsbury Winter Festival

2016 Art in Clay Hatfield House and Farnham

2016 Earth and Fire Rufford Abbey Notts

2016 The Hurst Arvon Centre Shropshire

2016 Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare, Suffolk

2016 Court Barn Gallery Chipping Campden 'Summer Delights Exhibition'

2016 Erwood Staion Gallery, Builth Wells, Powys

2015 Yorkshire Sculpture Park Gallery Shop

2015 Earth and Fire  Rufford Country Park

2015 International Ceramic Festival  Aberystwyth

2014 The Old Chapel Gallery Pembridge Herefordshire

2014 'MAKE' The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey

2014 RHS Garden Festival Malvern with the Wocestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen

2013 Twenty Twenty - 'Coast'

2013 Ludlow Open

2013 International Ceramic Festival  Aberystwyth

2013 Flaxmill Shropshire 

2013 Ceramic Festival   Cockington Court   Devon

2013 Print International   Oriel Wrexham and on tour

2012 Wedgwood Museum 'Artisan at Wedgwood'  Stoke-on-Trent

2003/5 The Sculpture Shows – Cotswolds, Cheshire

2003  Art in Clay, Hatfield,

2003 New Designers

2003 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham  Selected Exhibition


Residencies, Commissions, Teaching:

2017 Moreton Hall Independent School - Introduction to print making on clay A level and GSCE art students

2017 Abraham Derby Academy, Madeley. Delivered talks and clay tile workshops. To be Installed in the main entrance to the school.

2017 Meres and Mosses Brick and Tile Project - created sculptural bench inlaid with tiles, Jubilee Park, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Workshops in schools and 

2017 Impressions of the Past Project - Commission to create Oak and Ceramic Sculpture and deliver ceramics and poetry workshops to groups, and schools.

2016 Delivered Ceramic Workshops at the International School "Ecole Jeannine Manuel'  Lille, France

2016  Jackfield Tile Project   Creating sculptural art work and a river of tiles with the community and schools

2016/15  Visiting Lecturer University of Wolverhampton

2015 Wayfaring ...a Walking Art Adventure, Stiperstones, Shropshire. Collaboration with 'Sticks and Stuff'

2014 Priory School Workshops and Ceramic Panels installed in the school

2013 Wakeman 'Look Up' Trail – ceramic installations throughout Shrewsbury

2012 Resident artist for AONB Upland Farming Project, clay  and story telling in South Shropshire Schools

2011 Visiting Lecturer Wolverhampton University teaching ceramics to Applied Art undergraduates

2011 Commission to build Earth Oven Onny Meadows Art Walk and deliver eco-art workshops

2011 Commission Sparclife Project  - sculptural seating and ceramic workshops with community

2010 Completion of Benchart - built a second bus shelter, benches and public artworks 

2010 Bilston PCT Art Project cessation of smoking during pregnancy. Workshops and Exhibition

2010 Art and Clay workshops for Impact Residential Project, Birmingham

2010 Shropshire Council Social Services Well Being Days' Healing and relaxation through art workshops

2009 The Drum Birmingham Delivered Art workshops 'Saying and Healing' through Art as part of commit, Act, Demand an end to Violence against Women.

2008/9 Visiting Lecturer Telford College of Art and Technology and SCAT, to give presentations and deliver workshops in professional practice modules       

2008/9 Castle Pools Sculpture Project, Dawley funded by Telford Culture Zone Benchart

2007/8 Ellesmere Gateway Sculpture Commission for British Waterways. Benchart 3 brick sculptures.

2006  Shropshire Wildlife Trust/ Welcome Break M54 Services Commission  Benchart

2005  Created 'The King's Table' for All the Kings Men Sculpture Trail, Harlescott Shrewsbury  

2002-4 A4E Art Trail Commissions, Shrewsbury. 'Mnemosyne' gifted to Shropshire Council. 

2002/3 Artist in Residence Whitehall Mansion Project, Shrewsbury

1992,94,99 Stage set design Richmond Theatre for Richmond Leap into Dance Festival. 

1988 - 2003 Successful designer/maker business



Awards and Prizes:

2013 Won 2nd Prize in the Shropshire Open with 'The Setting' - ceramic wall panel

2005 Arts Council England  -  Awarded Project Management and lead artist of Benchart 

2004 Arts Council England  -  Awarded funding to take part in A4E Environmental Art Trail

2003 University of Wolverhampton - Won The Potclay Award for Outstanding Work in Clay

2002/3 Open 02’ The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery - Won the Moorcroft Prize for Ceramics            

1997 Won the Materials Prize in the Shropshire Open



Publications:

 • Brickworks by Gwen Heeney,   Published A&C Black 2003

 • Investigations into Fire by David Jones, Published  The Crowood Press 2007

 • Flaxmill Photography Book 2014