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A SELECTION OF EXHIBITIONS, COMMISSIONS, EVENTS

EXHIBITIONS - a selection

  • Balancing Act at Loretto Gallery, Musselburgh, E Lothian, Sept 2010
  • Borders Sculptors Exhibition, Priorwood Garden Melrose 2009
  • Borders Sculptors / Royal Botanical Gardens travelling exhibition 2008.
  • Strathearn gallery, Crieff, 2007, work selected
  • Visual Arts Scotland annual exhib 2006 at RSA Edinburgh selected
  • “Conkers” at Royal Botanic Gdns. Edin Festival 2004.
  • Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington 2001. Solo
  • Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2000. Solo
  • Ass. Applied Arts, Intermedia Gal. Glasgow, 1993, selected
  • Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews 1993 selected
  • Broughton Gallery, Biggar, 1992. Solo
  • Edin. Fest. Fringe, Wellspring, 1992. Solo
  • Scottish Artists & Artists Craftsmen,1991 at R.S.A. Selected
  • Open Eye Gallery, Edin. 1991. Solo
  • Netherbow Gallery, Edin.1989. Solo
  • Underneath the Arches, Edinburgh. 1984

 

COMMISSIONS, PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, PROJECTS - a selection

~ Headstone for Consuelo 2008

~ Patrick Geddes Garden at Grannies Green Edinburgh; with Lesleymay Miller; winning design 2007

~ Replica pots for Kilmartin House, Argyll and Stevenage Museums projects.2000-2005

~ “light of Learning” ceramic wall sculpture for Merchiston Castle School 2004

~ Giant Conkers for private gardens 2004 and continuing.

~Collaborative sculpture projects with adult students at Craigroyston High School, Edinburgh 1999-2003

~ ”Iona”portrait bust in bronze, 1991

~ Patrick Geddes, Green Pioneer; exhibition design and build at Matthew Gallery, Science Festival, Edinburgh 1990.

~ Display figures for Jewellery Valuation Service, Edinburgh 1987.

~ Retirement presentation Bowl, Prof Johnston Marshall 1985.

~ Carved marble font at RC Chaplaincy, University of Edinburgh, 1982

~ And many other garden sculptures, planters, boulders, nymphs, portrait busts, fountain heads, commemorative plaques, etc for private homes and gardens.

SUSAN NUTTGENS

CERAMIC SCULPTOR

I have worked in ceramics and sculpture since 1984 when I set up Mayfield Studios in Edinburgh, and since then I have been producing work for exhibitions, public and individual commissions and community projects. I have enjoyed many years of teaching sculpture and pottery in a variety of contexts.

I now live and work in East Lothian, Scotland, where my focus is on sculptural pieces for exhibitions and on commissioned sculptural work.

 

Themes often returned to are concerned with forms and textures reflecting contrasts; e.g. power with fragility, empty space and pockets of intensity, I am drawn by marks on the land made by natural elements and human activity; signs and symbols, scripts and tracks.

Current work expresses, in substantial simple forms, a dilemma; the natural world, our source of life on this planet, is being plundered to such an extent that we have reached a tipping point where life as we know it is in the balance; a balance between hope and despair, loss and retrieval.

 

On a less serious note, examples of other current work:

large ceramic conkers and acorns, suitable for house or garden,

figurative and portrait sculpture in fired ceramic, or cast in plaster, bronze or other material,

Pictorial Memorials, or “tapestries”; ceramic panels or pots which reflect a person’s life or a significant event,

Architectural pieces; sculptural panels, tiles, finials, etc..

 

The larger ceramic work is built using coarse stoneware clay bodies with additional work and finishes in fine slips, porcelain, glazes and precious metal lustres, involving several firings in some cases. In scale, freestanding ceramic work can be up to 60 x 90cm. Composite sculptures, murals, etc. made of several parts, can be any size.

 

Work can be prepared for casting in metal, plaster or other materials..

The high fired ceramic pieces will withstand most outdoor conditions.

 

 

Qualifications

Graduate of Edinburgh College of Art;

D. A. (Ceramics and Sculpture) 1966.

 

Moray House College Edinburgh:

Post Grad Cert in Community Education 1979