Andrea Walsh

b. 1974

"I am intrigued by the subject of the vessel as both object and metaphor. In recent work I have focused on an exploration of the box form. I am interested in ideas of the box as an interactive object. The tactile relationship with the person holding it fascinates me as does the inherent value of the finely crafted materials of the object itself."

Andrea's work is an exploration of the box and vessel form. She uses a range of materials, including ceramics, glass and metal, to create exquisitely crafted, timeless and unique pieces. Exploring a fascination with material characteristics and symbolism, her work examines themes such as balance and contrast, purity and translucency.

Andrea has been awarded prestigious residencies including the International Crafts Residency at Cove Park in Scotland. More recently she completed a project with Wedgwood which allowed her to explore traditional production and casting techniques. This experience has had a significant impact on her practice and has led her to further developed processes at her studio that enable her to work with a range of materials to produce increasingly refined objects.

Andrea studied fine art before completing a MA in glass at the Edinburgh University of Art. In 2005 she set up her own studio. Over the past decade she has established a strong exhibition profile in the UK and is making a name for herself internationally.  She has been selected Award finalist for the British Ceramics Biennial Award in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and for the British Glass Biennale in 2010 & 2012 .

Andrea's work continues to develop and is attracting critical acclaim from curators and academics alike. It is present in private and public collections worldwide including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Andrea works from her studio in Edinburgh.

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