About Me

Gina HughesArtist’s Statement – My lifelong fascination for the natural world has found its expression in my art, creating forms and images which communicate my appreciation of its beauty and the layers of potential experience, inviting the viewer to share my encounter. Over the years I have chosen to make this journey using a variety of media, working with clay, bronze and photography, conveying my interpretations through visual representations.

As a child I was absorbed by the wildlife and plants that I encountered in my daily, rural existence. I loved to place myself close up to the little world that normally falls beneath our gaze, engrossed by the blades of grass, the insects, the ants scurrying between. Then there was the joy of planting seeds and watching them grow, flourishing and generating greater foliage, extra shoots. The pleasure of intently watching this environment gave me profound pleasure, a meaningful understanding of our interaction with this world and our dependence on it – for we are nourished and supported in so many ways, aesthetically and practically.

My activity as a photographer enabled me to take my relationship with plant and animal life to deeper levels, using zoom lenses to see structures that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Next the use of a macro- lens with extension tubes, and then a microscope with a digital camera revealed the macro world of finely shaped architectural forms, the perfect design of organisms, without which we would not be alive. The juxtaposition of the demands of the practical with the experience of pleasure – appealing, captivating, essential for survival – pollen grains which fertilise flowers, extending and continuing flowering species, feed the bees to make honey and take a multiplicity of inspirational patterns and designs.

Since then I have been exploring a three-dimensional creation of these images through ceramic process, seeking to construct their visual potency in shapes that are both delicate and yet invite interaction, moving in to look within. The forms are made of such a size and shape that they could fit into the hand, from porcelain, a fine quality clay, so pure and fragile, just like the pollen grains. They are fired to 1260° in the kiln until vitrified, interaction with oxides causes the irregular markings.

 

Education

Licentiateship Society of Designer Craftsmen, 2010

BA Honours 1st Class Art & Design, Photography, Coleg Sir Gar, July 2009

Sculpture Cymru, Iron-pour, August 2006

Society of Industrial Associated Designers, 1990

Licentiateship Society of Designer Craftsmen, 1990

Higher College Diploma Ceramics, Distinction, Dyfed College of Art, July 1985

 

Experience

Over 29 years’ experience working in the field of Art and Design

Technician for Ceramics during this period of time for: Dyfed College of Art, Carmarthenshire College of Technology & Art, West Wales School of the Arts

Similarly, supportive role to students in a higher educational setting

Teaching in the practical arts – ceramics, glass and Photography 1988 – 2009

Familiarity with working to commissions

Photographer for College publicity material and other organisations 2008 – 2011

Photographer for Murmurs Artists 2003 – 2013

 

Competitions

Winner Calendar Feature Photographs Agriculture County, West Wales, (Photography) 2006, 2007, 2008

Runner-up Farmers Weekly Competition, (Photography) 2007

United Counties Show, Pembrokeshire, winner colour & best overall photo 2009,

Winner black & white & colour 2008,2007,2006, Winner black & white & best overall photo 2005, Winner colour & best overall photo 2004,2009, (Photography),

 

Commissions and Workshops

Young Farmers Club Templeton Ceramic Project 2012

Young Farmers Club Templeton Glass Project 2011

Community Art Project, Llanedi School Carmarthenshire, Tile Mural, (Ceramics) 2010

Community Art Project, Bewts School Carmarthenshire, Tile Mural, (Ceramics) 2010

Community Art Project, T.R.I Psychiatric Day Centre (Photography) 2008,2009,2010

Community Art Project, Hafal Psychiatric Careers Day (Photography) 2010

Commission: St Andrews Church, Narberth, (Ceramic Figures) 2005

Community Art Project, Model School Carmarthen, Tile Panel, (Ceramics) 2004

Community Art Project, Cresselly School, Pembrokeshire, Tile Mural, (Ceramics) 2003

Community Art Project, Cresselly School, Pembrokeshire, (Ceramics) 2001

Community Art Project, Haven Way Psychiatric Day Hospital, Mural Mosaic, (Ceramics) 1998

Workshop, St Clears Junior School, Carmarthenshire, (Ceramics) 1998

Workshop, Dyffryn Taf School, Whitland, Carmarthenshire, (Ceramics) 1998

Community Art Project, Haven Way Psychiatric Day Hospital, Pembrokeshire, (Ceramics) 1996 – 1998

Community Art Project, Carmarthen Council, Bus Shelter Mural, (Ceramics) 1996

Commission: Huddleston Church, Pembrokeshire, Ceramic Commemorative Plates, 1994

Commission: Marteltwy Church, Pembrokeshire, Ceramic Commemorative Plates, 1994

Commission: St John’s Church, Templeton, Pembrokeshire, Ceramic Commemorative Plates, 1993

Commission: British Museum, Mould reproduction: ‘Two Women Chatting’, (Plaster Moulds) 1992

Commission: CCTA, Carmarthenshire, Ceramic Punchbowl and Cups for export to Germany, 1992

Commission: Minwear Church, Pembrokeshire, Ceramic Commemorative Plates, 1991

Commission: Court Hendry Church, Carmarthenshire, Ceramic Commemorative Plates and Mugs, (Ceramics) 1989

Member, Pembrokeshire Craftsmen Circle, (Ceramics) 1988 – 1995

Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, (Ceramics) 1989,

Henry Thomas Gallery, Carmarthen, (Ceramics) 1989,

St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, (Ceramics) 1988, 1989,

Commission: Harmer’s Sculptures, Stoke on Trent, Ceramic Models, 1987

Llanelli Council Award, (Ceramics) 1986

Morley Gallery, Westminster, London, 1985, (Ceramics)

 

Collectors

International collector Adrian Sassoon

 

Publication

Pembrokeshire Life Magazine 2013

Pembrokeshire Life Magazine 2009