Claire Henry

By making art objects out of clay; a forgiving material that speaks towards functionality, fragility and beauty, I am interested in redefining the concepts of 'craft' and 'handmade' through my own practice. My work aims to draw the observer into the forgotten, and sometimes mysterious, narrative of the unknown, where my ceramic pieces explore and dissect notions of the uncanny, the unfamiliar, and the collection.  I play with the visual and social lines that exist within the history of ceramic arts, and am fascinated with constructed binaries such as private vs. public, memory vs. nostalgia, and art vs. artifact. I am interested in finding significance and beauty in ordinary objects by investigating display cultures and our human desire to collect and to categorize. In my practice, I create memories within the miniature, where one is automatically drawn to the size, the preciousness of the object, and the relationship that our bodies have to the installation and surrounding environment. I seek out subtle beauties hidden in nature, with the hopes of reviving banal treasures that are woven deep within the folds of discarded memories and urban landscapes.
2008  BFA, Ceramics Major, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC

2007  Student Exchange, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK.

Group Exhibitions
2008  Undergraduate Exhibition, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC.

2008  Featured Artist, Gallery of British Columbia Ceramics, Vancouver, BC

2008  Scatter, Concourse Gallery,  Student Exchange Participants of 2007, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC

2007  Year Three Show, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK.

2006   Neighbours, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC.

2008 Awarded Acceptance as and Artist in Residence at the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary (February 2009)

2008 Featured Artist of the Month, Gallery of British Columbian Ceramics, Vancouver

2007 Student Exchange Participant.  Emily Carr University of Art and Design exchange with Chelsea College of Art, London, UK.

2004 Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts Award, Hairy Ainlay High School