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Deirdre is based in London and uses both handbuilding and throwing to make her pots. She is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association.

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Artists Statement:

"Plasticity of clay and ability to fossilize, holding both form and reactive surface in time, fascinates me.  Growth, movement and energy in Nature the inspiration, not its images. The work is the statement. It should communicate, not needing justification in words.

Vessels or sculptural forms in stoneware or porcelain.  Thrown, turned, altered or hand built.  Small translucent porcelain to floor standing forms. Volcanic surfaces from oxide or material in the body. The glaze firing is mixed, raw and biscuit ware fired together.  Guided by cones in the kiln,each firing is more a controlled accident than a thermo-coupled predictable end result".

Deirdre graduated from Camberwell School of Art & Design where she was heavily influenced by visiting lecturers Hans Coper & Lucie Rie.

Work in the gallery is principally wheel thrown, turned & altered stoneware with an oxidised firing at 1280-1300 centigrade.

Deirdre is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and a member of Contemporary Applied Arts.

Solo Exhibitions:

2017 - Stour Gallery, Shipton on Stour, Warwickshire
2005 - Harlequin Gallery, London
1979 - Oxford Gallery, Oxford
1978 - Waikato Art Museum, New Zealand 
1977 - Atmosphere, London 
1975 - Peter Dingley Gallery, Stratford upon Avon 
1975 - Gallery 359, Nottingham 
1975 - Craftwork, Guidlford 
1975 - Amalgam Gallery, London 

Selected Exhibitions:

2020 - Hans Coper, Lucie Rie & Pupils, Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford 
2018 - Oxford ceramics Fair 
2017 - Oxford ceramics Fair

2014 - Designing Modern Women, Museum of Modern Art, New York 

2013 - Shaping Modernity, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2008 - Harlequin Gallery, London

2006 - Joint Show with Ashraf Hanna, Alpha House, Sherborne, Dorset 

2006 - Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
2006 - Cal 2 St. Ives Ceramics, Cornwall
2004 - Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
2003 - My Top Twenty, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
             Royal Birmingham Society of Art, West Midlands
2002 - The Stour Gallery, Shipton on Stour, Warwickshire.
             Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
1999 - White Out, Hanover Gallery, London
1993 - The Northern Tradition, Museum Booijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
1992 - Vier Elemente - Drei Lander, Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Main, Germany
1990 - Lucie Rie, Hans Coper & their pupils, Sainsbury Centre, & Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
1979 - Image and Idea, British Council touring exhibition
            The Bowl, British Crafts Centre, London, organised by World Crafts Council
1977 - British Pottery '77, Graham Gallery, New York, USA
            Deirdre Burnett, Dorothy Feibleman & Val Barry, Charlotte Hennig Gallery, Darmstadt, Germany
1976 - 17 British Potters, Carmel College, Wallingford
            24 British Potters, Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, & Everson Museum of Art, USA
            Ceramics, Barclaycraft, Brighton
            Deirdre Burnett, Sheila Casson  and Janice Tchalenko, CPA, London
            Porselein van ses Engelese Keramisten, Princessehoff Museum, Leeuwarden,  The Netherlands
            Ten Approaches to Porcelain, Amalgam, London
1975 - Recent Acquisitions Design Collections,  Museum of Modern Art, New York
1974 - Ceramic Boxes, Craft Potters Shop, London
1973 - The Craftsman's Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1972 - International Ceramics, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1971 - Deirdre Burnett and Tessa Fuchs, Crawford Street, London


2005 Winner of the inaugural  Award for Excellence

Public Collections:

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Pennsylvania State University, Abington, USA

Auckland Museum, New Zealand
Bendigo Ceramic Collection, Bendigo, Australia
Waikato Art Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand
Perth Museum, Australia
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam    
Musees Royaux d'art et d'histoire,  Brussels, Belgium
Sainsbury Collection, Norwich
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Buckinghamshire County Museum

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Princesshof Ceramic Museum, Leuwarden
, Holland
Cleveland Crafts Centre

City Museum & Art Gallery, Portsmouth
Aberystwyth University Ceramics Collection, Wales

Bankfield Museum, Halifax
York Museum Trust

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