Claire Twomey - Vase: Silkeborg

Ceramics, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo courtesy Museum Jorn.

Claire Twomey - Vase: Silkeborg

Ceramics, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo courtesy Museum Jorn.

Claire Twomey - Vase: Silkeborg

Ceramics, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo courtesy Museum Jorn.

Claire Twomey - Vase: Silkeborg

Ceramics, 2018. Courtesy the artist. Photo courtesy Museum Jorn.

Vase: Silkeborg

Ceramics, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Famous for her large-scale projects Twomey chose ceramics and particularly porcelain early in her career. This project is the result of a performance at the Jorn Museum in Denmark dedicated to the famous Danish artist Asger Jorn (1913-1973) who was a great believer in spontaneity and self-expression in art. Twomey encouraged visitors to spontaneously draw on the surface of sixty white vases from the popular Kähler Design. Using the language of gilded fine porcelain, the visitors’ scribbles were then copied in gold enamel, thereby elevating the status of these humble vases. 

Clare Twomey

Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years, she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Within her work, Twomey has maintained her concerns with materials, craft practice and historic and social context. Her works have the social and historical context in which the installation is created as their point of departure and often they only exist within these frameworks.