1968 - ?

Clare Twomey

Clare Patricia Twomey, was born at Ipswich on 19 December 1968, daughter of Patrick Twomey and his wife Ursula née Bellamy, who married at Ipswich in 1965. Clare studied at Edinburgh College of Art 1991-1994, gaining a B.A. (hons) ceramics, the Royal College of Art in London 1994-1996 gaining an M.A. in Ceramics and Glass. Visiting Lecturer Edinburgh College of Art 1998-2000 and lecturer at University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham 2000-2005 and Research Fellow University of Westminster. In 2011 Clare became a Research Fellow in the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster, London where she is affiliated with the Ceramics Research Centre. In 2011 Twomey created a museum wide installation at the Denver Art Museum, Colorado, in conjunction with Overthrown, Clay without Limits her first solo American Show in 2011, Clare observed the Frank and Harriet Burnlaps collection of 1,345 pieces of ceramics at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. In this exhibition she explored permanence, responsibility, memory, desirability, the value and process of making through looking at one specific item from the collection, a sandbach cup. She then worked with Hartley Greens and Co. Leeds Pottery to cast 1,345 cups. On 27 January 2015, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Twomey distributed invitations to people walking over Westminster Bridge. "Today you are invited to be part of a new work, your words will be placed on thousands of beautiful porcelain objects that will be made in the coming year" which will be handed back to the public as gifts on Westminster Bridge, on this date one year from now.