Jack Doherty Biography

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Jack Doherty was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland in 1948. On graduating from Ulster College of Art and Design, he joined Kilkenny Design Workshops, as a studio potter within the ceramics department. He has taught at colleges throughout the country and in 1995 was appointed Chair of the Craft Potters Association. He is currently lead potter at the Leach Pottery, St Ives, Cornwall.

Artist's Statement

"I make porcelain which explores and extends the qualities associated with this beautiful material. I make functional pots which range in scale from fine delicate cups for tea or cider to large unexpectedly rugged slab dishes and plates.

The forms are either thrown or slab- built with surfaces which are pierced, stretched, carved and ribbed. I use combinations of coloured clays which react differently in the kiln, giving subtle changes of colour and texture.

My pots are functional but they are also decorative and can be hung on walls; taken down and used. The pots which we use every day can change how we see or feel about the food which we place in them. I put apples and plums into the dishes with care, enjoying their softness.

The firing plays an important role in determining how my pots look since no glaze is applied to the exterior, instead a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water is sprayed into the kiln as it reaches "white heat". I enjoy the way in which the soda glaze marks and articulates the surface of the forms with the trace of flame and vapour. It is a dramatic and exciting procedure which is the final creative act in my making process."

Jack Doherty - December 2000.

Training and Professional Qualifications

1966/97 Foundation - Ulster College of Art and Design

1967/70 Diploma in 3D Design Ceramics - UCAD

1970/71 Art Teachers Diploma - UCAD

1985 Fellow of The Craft Potters' Association

1995/2000 Chair of The Craft Potters' Association

To date

Director of Ceramic Review

Director of Contemporary Ceramics, the CPA gallery and shop

Director of St Ives International

Advisor to West Midland Arts

2002 Chair of the Craft Potters' Association

2008 Appointed Lead Potter at the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall.

Selected Exhibitions

Faenza 1974 - Gold Medal

Vallauris 1976 - Gold Medal

1983
Ulster Museum, Belfast

1990
Trio, Peter Dingley

1993
SSaltzbrand, Koblenz, Germany

1995
CPA in Athens

1996
Alpha House Gallery

1997
Songs in Salt, Princesshot Museum, Holland

1998
Cool Clay, Rufford Craft Centre

1998
Solo Exhibition Contemporary Ceramics, London

1999
Alpha House Gallery

1999
Bircham Gallery Norfolk.

2000
Alpha House Gallery, Dorset

2000
Eton Applied Arts, Windsor

2000
Below the Salt,Portsmouth Museum

2000
Inspired Choices, Morley Gallery London

2001
Expanding our views, Loes and Reinier, Deventer, Holland

2002
Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Ceramics, London

2003
Alpha House Gallery Dorset

2003
Dish Wish Brewery Arts Cirencester

2004
Celebrating Ceramics RBSA Gallery, Birmingham

2004
Yewtree Gallery, Cornwall

2009
Jack Doherty, Bircham Gallery, Norfolk.

(The above list is only a representative fraction of Jack Doherty's exhibitions).

Awards:

1972
Alice Berger Hammerschlag Trust Award

1974
Gold Medal International Ceramics Exhibition, Faenza, Italy

1976
Gold Medal International Ceramics Biennial, Vallauris, France

1986
Marketing/Publicity Grant, Crafts Council

1988
1st Prize West Midlands Arts Touring Exhibition

1993
West Midlands Arts Craft Initiative Grant

Collections

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Liverpool Museum

Ulster Museum

Crafts Council of Ireland

Museum of Ceramics

Princesshof Ceramics Museum, Holland

Cheltenham Museum

City Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

Nottingham Museum

Articles/Publications

1982 'Crafts in Ulster', Peter Dormer, Crafts Magazine

1983 'Making a Tradition', Sean McCrum, Irish Times

1987 'Jack Doherty's Porcelain', Ceramic Review

1991 'Dictionary of Practical Pottery', Robert Fournier

1992 'Potters', CPA

1994 'Porcelain', Caroline Whyman, Batsford

1994 'Soda Glazing', Ruthanne Tudball, A&C Black

1998 'A Song of Today', Josie Walter, Ceramic Review May/June 1998

1999 'Reputations', Anatol Orient, Ceramic Review July/August 1999

2002 'Porcelain', Jack Doherty, A&C Black

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