Ceramics & Glass (MA)
Having completed a BA Fine Art /Sculpture, Harriet Hellman pursued a career in the Art Department for Film and TV for 16 years. She went on to complete an HND in Ceramics at Richmond Adult Education College in 2007 and a two-year Ceramics Diploma at the City Lit in 2014, followed by an MA at the Royal College of Art from 2018-2020.
Harriet continues to work as a self-employed artist and part-time educator from her studio in South London. She has exhibited widely, with recent shows including (Eco)Logical Sense Exhibition at the Hockney Gallery in Kensington, organized by Sustain Lab, the Haptic/The Virtual, organized by Conscious Isolation (online exhibition) and teaching with Clay for Dementia at the Garden Museum at Lambeth Palace.
Harriet is looking forward to taking part in a residency with SailBritain in September, where she will be sailing around the Scottish Islands looking at the impact of climate on our oceans.
She continues to look for opportunities to take part in exhibitions, global residencies, and discussions around sustainability, coastal erosion, and the fragility of the planet and is planning to explore the transformational nature of time on the human experience through ceramics, photography and film.
For commissions and sales inquiries please contact Harriet at email@example.com or visit www.harriethellman.co.uk
My fine art practice is centered on my concerns with coastal erosion and rising sea levels, specifically the wild Atlantic coastline of North Devon in the west of England. The ceaseless cycle of the natural elements embeds itself in my making, both physically and emotionally. The process of layering, tearing and building with the clay creates a visceral response in me, which is both immediate and meditative. Celebrating imperfection and impermanence, searching for liminal spaces, while reflecting on my concerns with ecological fragility. Feeling the need to connect with nature when the world often feels disconnected.
A part of my practice is to take some of my work to the coast, using film to record my performative interactions with the unfired clay in the landscape. Trying to capture place, space and time and the energy of the moment. I physically layer the clay into a new narrative on the coastline, including filming in the sea. This offers a deliberate exchange, as I return some days later to see if anything of the work has come back. Sometimes it has been transformed, ‘a gift from the sea’.
I take this work back to the studio and fire it, completing this alchemical exchange.