Approved: 10.06.2013

Ray Church

Artist, Maker, Technician

Approved: 10.06.2013

Artist Statement

Historically Greek ceramics displayed social narratives relevant to the times. My artistic approach is a direct response to the formula used in ancient Greek pottery both formally and figuratively. Although it is not my intention to exactly replicate these objects of the past, but rather to adopt a similar style in terms of structure, surface pattern and imagery, and narrative. These aesthetic qualities are in turn combined with contemporary narratives highly charged with satirical humour and subversive undertones.

I am continuously fascinated how the art from the past continues to inspire artists now, and with this in mind my ideas are allowed to develop through use of a playful dialog between the contemporary and the classical. In many of my compositions I retain specific symbolic elements of Greek history and mythology, whilst ironically juxtaposing them with references from within our contemporary arena.

I like the notion of drawing parallels between historical narratives and 21st century socio-political situations, and the amusing imagery conceived from this collaboration of the times.   

CV & Education

Raymond Church CV


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Solo Exhibitions

2014 - Zetter Hotel, Artists Atrium, London


Group exhibitions

2019 - Korean International Ceramic Biennale - Awarded Honorary Mention 

2019 - MONUMENTALITY / FRAGILITY, The National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland

2018 - Maker in Focus, Mission Gallery, Swansea

2018 - European Prize for Applied Art, Mons, Belgium

2018 - Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod Wales, Cardiff 

2018 - IV. International Ceramics Triennial., National Museum of Slovenia,. Slovenia 

2017 - Cluj ceramics biennale 2017, Cluj Napoca Romania

2017 - Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod, Anglesea 

2017 - Summer show: myths and legends, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

2017 - Pay and Display prize exhibition, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

2017 - Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames

2016 - Crafted, Kirkby Gallery

2016 - Ceramic Art London, Central St Martins, London

2015 - Erwood Station, Builth Wells

2015 - Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye

2015 - International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth

2015 - Bienale de la Ceramique, Exhibition of Contemporary ceramics, Andenne Belgium

2014 - Art in Clay, Farnham

2014 - National Eisteddfod special exhibition ‘Dan y Wyneb’ in collaboration with Peter Bodenham

2014 - Bevere Gallery, Worcester

2014 - MAKERS of GB, Manchester Art Gallery (shop)

2013 - Social Deformity, View art Gallery, Bristol

2013 - New Designers 2013, Business Design Centre, London

2013 - Up and Comer group show, Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo

2012 - New Gallery grand opening, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen



2016 - New Ceramics Issue 4/16 

2015 - De Kliene k issue 5