Studied Industrial Ceramics to gain a B.A. Honours
Ran own ceramics studio for several years selling through trade to galleries around the country
Worked freelance sculpting for a major stone ornament company which exported globally and supplied major high street stores
Established and ran the pottery and art departments in an NHS hospital and several local authority day centres for people with special needs
Commissioned by A&C Black to write Clay for People for with Special Needs, published 2001
Currently running art courses and teaching at my home studio in Nuneaton and at the Ten 2 Gallery in Hinckley.
Providing popular demonstrations, talks and workshops throughout the U.K.
Wax, ink and watercolour painting as developed
by Claire Botterill
I was in the first year of my ceramics degree and as was the fashion in the seventies watercolour painting was not taught on our art foundation course.
My fellow student had a bijoux box of Windsor and Newton watercolours: I experimented with the paint and fell head over heels in love with the translucency and pure colour so I started using watercolours for designing my ceramics and glass.
When I discovered how to make the appearance of a shimmer of light on a distant ocean drawing with a candle on watercolour paper, the wax marks breaking through tints of watercolour. I was even more impressed by the texture and the interaction of the colours as it directly related to my ceramics work.
I used Crayola crayons and applied all the beautiful rich colours and discovered how they enhanced textures in architectural drawings and gave rise to many more applications.
I have always loved pens from a small child, I had a Man from UNCLE pen which used invisible ink which was really exciting to me. I have always experimented with various ink pens, and different inks incorporating them into my drawings.
Events and Exhibitions
Mitchell Gallery, Warwick
Michaelmas House, Market Bosworth
Ten 2 Gallery, Hinckley, Leicestershire
Spring Fair Birmingham N.E.C. 2014 and 2015
Various local art festivals such as Market Bosworth and Burbage in Leicestershire
Patchings Art Festival 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019, 2020 cancelled due to the Coronavirus
Society of Graphic Fine Art annual Open Menier Gallery Southwalk London Oct 2014
Art Alert Nuneaton taking part in workshops and exhibitions