Clare Flatley - Ceramic/ Glass/ Sculpture

Clare Flatley is a ceramics and glass artist based in London. Originally from Lancashire she studied and worked in Edinburgh as a Sculptor before moving to London to complete her MA at the Royal College of Art in Ceramics and Glass. She creates both sculptural and functional artworks that reflect her interest in materials and in expressing states of transformation and movement.


“I am  fascinated by the spiritual, psychological and mythical relationship we have with different materials, and the transformative drama that these materials undergo in the firing process.”

In my work I am interested in creating qualities of strangeness and otherness through the expression of materials.  My practice involves experimenting with metal oxides used in ceramics and glass to discover their individual qualities and 'charactor' through the firing process.

My practice has drawn extensively on the philosophies of the early modern Alchemists, particularly the way they developed their own personal psychology and understanding of the universe through the technical mastery of physical materials. This blurring of the distinction between spirituality and science, and between psychological and material transformation, remains the locus of my practice and a fertile source of inspiration in my craftsmanship.


During my MA at the Royal College of Art my dissertation research drew on the philosophies of the Alchemists, as developing their own personal psychology and understanding of the universe through the technical mastery of physical materials. I saw the way in which they worked through a processing of raw material to refine it, develop it and understand it to reach a state of perfection, as a fundamental human activity that strongly relates to the activities of an artist. 


I am strongly influenced by science fiction literature and cinema, which is often described as using the narrative device of 'cognitive estrangement'. This relates to Science fiction's ability to offer an experience of something uncannily different, that can be alluring and terrifying at the same time, but that is ultimately used to allow a broader perspective, to look back on the familiar with new light. 



BA(honours) Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland


MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art, London


2019         A-n Bursary Award 2019







Worshipful Company of Tin Workers Tin Competition, London

Charlotte Fraser WIP Award, London

Charlotte Fraser Hardship Award, London

Visual Arts Bursary Award, Edinburgh

Hope Scott Trust Grant Award, Edinburgh

Royal Scottish Academy Architecture Award, RSA New Contemporaries 



Winter Exhibition, Thrown Contemporary, London


Lizard Point Residency Exhibition, Lumen Studios, London


Show RCA 2018, Royal College of Art, London


WIP Show 2018, Royal College of Art, London


The Emerging and the Established, Christie's Auction House, London

Coup de Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh



RSA Open 2015, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

PATHS, The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh






Loxodrome, ReMap Festival, Athens, Greece

PARADISO, India Buildings, Edinburgh

Cast Contemporaries, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh 

RSA New Contemporaries 2012, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

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