Keith Varney - Ceramics

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Following a successful career as a furniture designer and maker, Keith returned to education in 2005 seeking a new challenge and direction in life. He first discovered clay during a National Diploma in Design Crafts (ceramics/glass/fine metals) at City of Bath College, after achieving a triple distinction he felt compelled to take this new fascination further and applied for the BA (Hons) 3D Design; Ceramics at Bath School of Art and Design where he gained a first class degree.

Keith built and set up his studio in 2011, developing his practice while working part time as a technician and tutor in the Department of Art and Design at City of Bath College. After 2 years dividing his time between the studio and college he moved on to place his ceramic practice at the centre. Keith was selected for the Crafts Council – Hothouse emerging maker development programme. As part of the programme he was mentored by Carina Ciscato and Sasha Wardell, their help and guidance has been invaluable.

Keith is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association and is represented by Contemporay Ceramics Centre, London and the Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives. Some of the highlights of Keith’s career are: Exhibiting at Ceramic Art London. Awarded 'Best Ceramics' at the Contemporary Craft Festival 2013. Research residency 'Exploring Spode' at British Ceramics Biennial 2013. 'Constructivist Corrigations' 6 page article in Ceramic Review, No. 272, Mach-April 2015, written by Andy Christian. Acquisition by Manchester Art Gallery of two pieces for their collection. Invitation to give the 'Ceramic Portrait' lecture and demonstration alongside Ann Van Hoey from Belgium during International Keramiktage 2018, Oldenburg, Germany. Where he was also awarded the prize for 'Innovation' at the 'Brand New' exhibition, Oldenburger Schloss Museum.

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