Fiona Fitzgerald

Ceramicist 1 St Bartholomews Close Norwich NR2 4DX

Fiona has generated a somewhat architectonic approach to ceramic form subsequent to her return from Africa in 2006. Coloured clays are layered, rolled out, stretched and scorched to create richly patterned and pitted surfaces. They are then at times ripped up and reassembled to create the final piece. The chaos of the frayed up patterns is set against a strong ordering form. However the textures tear it back from that tidiness.

She moved to Norfolk and shows in Norwich and Norfolk Open Studios in June. She has also joined the Anglian Potters Association, http://www.anglianpotters.org.uk.

While living in York, 2006-2014 she was on the committee of York Open Studios, an annual event which is gaining a vibrant reputation as a show case for a great range of art practitioners:www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk/.
She worked as a Studio Assistant to Ben Arnup, an exciting contemporary ceramicist based in York in 2007. This work was prompted by an Arts Council grant he garnered, developing and experimenting with slab-rolling processes and clays. They continued to work together, sharing his studio. Ben’s work can be seen here: http://www.benarnup.co.uk

She has been a member of York Art Workers Association since 2007, and finds the meeting with fellow practioners and the discussions invaluable. Their programme is viewable at http://www.yorkartworkers.org.uk/YAWA/home.html

Her commission of a ceramic series, the 14 Stations of the Cross, for the ancient and beautiful parish church, St Mary’s Bishophill, York, enabled her to use her fine art background to shift the focus of her practice towards more narrative goals . The pieces were blessed on 9 September 2012.

She plans to develop this strand in 2017-18 to explore how people map their world for an exhibition at the Art Church, Norwich, in May 2018

She has had ceramic work on show at Art and Rose Gallery in Pocklington http://www.artandrosegallery.co.uk, http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/eastyorkshire/9944255.Paintings_and_ceramics_on_show_at_Pocklington__gallery/ ;at Kunsthuis, Crayke,http://www.kunsthuisgallery.com and at Pyramid Gallery,York,http://www.pyramidgallery.com.

She also works at the Hepworth Art Gallery in Wakefield as a Creative Practitioner, specialising in workshops and events to do with Ceramics and Art History, http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/bookclub/.

As an Art Historian she has created a 5 year syllabus for adult education.
She delivers 1 day sessions in various areas of Art History for the University of York’s Life Long Learning programme,http://www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/pleasure/art-history/#tab-1.
She lectures at The Cut in Halesworth , Suffolk, http://newcut.org/events/,
and is running an Introduction to Art History there and in Norwich at The Stage, http://stagenorwich.org.uk.

In her spare time, she enjoys community vegetable gardening with others, https://www.facebook.com/NorwichFarmshare