New work

           

 Untitled, Absence series, pink and green. 2017. 23cm W x 26cm H

 

    

  Untitled, Spill series, green and black. 2017. 15cm W x 16 cm H

 

    

 Untitled, Spill series, tangerine and black. 2017. 14cm W x 17cm H (through drop)

 

    

 Untitled, Spill series, pale pink and green. 2017. 15cm W x 18cm H (through drop)

 Copyright all images: Bernard G Mills: www.bernardgmills.net

 

    

 Untitled, Spill series, green and green, 2016. 16cm W x 15cm H

    

Untitled, Absence series, dark gold and green, 2016. 27cm W x 10cm H 

     

Untitled, Transition series, pale pink and black, 2016. 15cm W x 9cm H.

Copyright all images: Bernard G Mills.

 

I make small ceramic sculptures which combine opposites of form, texture and colour as metaphors for perfection versus imperfection/ control versus chaos, in relation to personal identity and a contradictory sense of self. My work explores ideas about the containment of personal and emotional mess and disorder, in a world which encourages the belief that control and perfection in all aspects of our lives is desirable and attainable. I am interested in the contemporary tendency, aided by the tools of social media, to mask the messiness and chaos of real life through the creation of curated/ constructed personal identities.

My sculptures are intended to be unsettling in their form and how they are displayed, sometimes spilling over or lurking at the foot of the plinth.

 

Recent news 

** I am one of 5 artists selected for Devonshire Made, an exhibition at Devonshire Collective, Eastbourne, 16 - 23 December 2017. Devonshire Made is part of the Arts Council England-funded Threshold artists' development programme

** I have been selected for the Rye Winter Salon, Rye Creative Centre, Rye, 24 November - 9 December 9 2017

Other highlights  

I was shortlisted for the Annex Collection Acquisition Award, April 2017 

My work was shortlisted for the inaugural Carter Preston Prize for contemporary craft, and I took part in the prize exhibition at the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, 9 July - 21 August 2016


    

Exhibition views: Left: Carter Preston Prize at Bluecoat Display Centre, and right: East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery

 

My work was selected for the 59th Premio Faenza, International Competition for Contemporary Ceramics 2015, 27 June 2015 - 31 January 2016: www.micfaenza.org 

 

View of the 59th Premio Faenza prize exhibition, including my work. Image: International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza

 

I took part in Ceramic Event 7, curated by Galerie de Lô, as part of Design September, Brussels, 19 - 27 September 2015

     

Ceramic Event 7, Brussels including a view of the exhibition with one of 5 pieces I exhibited on the right. Images: Galerie de Lô

 

I had a small solo show in the Project Space at the National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford in winter 2014/ spring 2015

 

View of 'Incident' at the National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford

 

I was one of 15 ceramic artists shortlisted for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014, presented by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London:  www.thecnthiacorbettgallery.com 

Exhibitions took place at The Lloyds Club and at Sphinx Fine Art, in London, Sept - Dec 2014.  


One of my pieces on display at The Lloyds Club, as part of the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014 

 

Since graduating from Bath Spa University in the summer of 2012 with a distinction for my MA show, my work has been selected for a number of exhibitions and competitions, and awarded a medal in the 58th Premio Faenza: International Competition for Contemporary Ceramics, Faenza, Italy, 2013. My work was also featured in the June 2013 issue of La Ceramica in Italia e Nel Mondo magazine.

 

               

My work in the 58th Premio Faenza, and featured in the June 2013 issue of La Ceramica in Italia magazine.