About Elaine Bolt

In the Studio of Ceramic artist Elaine Bolt photographed by Alun Callender



email: boltceramics@gmail.com
address: Elaine Bolt, 51 Providence Place, Brighton, BN1 4GE

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Objects can tell stories…

I am a ceramic artist working with clay and mixed media, creating works and compositions guided by a sense of narrative and steeped in the context of the local surroundings. My work includes hand-built wall pieces and thrown vessels in porcelain and stoneware, incorporating local clays and mixed-media.

My wall pieces incorporate mixed media found materials along with hand built ceramic objects which aim to blur the boundaries between the made and the found. These works are complemented with a range of vessels, thrown on the wheel, in porcelain and stoneware in a muted colour palette informed by colours and tones found in the landscape of the South Downs. My latest ranges focus on the use of a restricted palette of deep flint blacks, through soft grey stony glazes to creamy white chalk tones.

Every piece I make is different and my ideas are constantly evolving. I value individuality and integrity in my work, putting care and a sense of personality into each one.

I have an MA in Ceramics from UCA Farnham and am an alumni of the Crafts Council’s Hothouse talent development programme. I have taught ceramics at the University of Brighton and at West Dean College. I work and teach from my studio in Brighton.

I am currently working on projects funded by an a-n Artist Bursary and by the Quenington Sculpture Trust.

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Elaine Bolt Ceramics Woodland Vessels (photography by Yeshen Venema)


Direct from me at:
Elaine Bolt, Brighton, BN1 4GE
Come to an open studio event or email me directly to make an appointment

Or through select galleries that currently show my work, including:

A portfolio of my work can also be found in the Crafts Council online Directory


Jan – June 2019 – The Hepworth Wakefield gallery shop
Feb 2019 – The Selki, joint exhibition with Imogen Di Sapia – Lokal+ Helskinki
Sept – Nov 2018 – Figure and Form – Lingwood Samuel Art, Godalming, Surrey
Sept – Nov 2018 – Relic at Bluecoat Display Centre – Liverpool
April – September 2018 – Making Ground at Unit Twelve Gallery, Staffordshire
May – August 2018 – ‘A Contour, A Curve – The Lie of the Land’, at Gallery 57 Arundel
Dec 2017 – Spoonful at Flow Gallery, London
Nov 2017 – Vessel at Moore Gallery
Sept – Nov 2017 – Marks in a Landscape at Lingwood Samuel, Godalming
Sept- Nov 2017 – Chalk Flint Clay Shore at Gallery 57, Arundel
March – June 2017 – Making Ground Exhibition at Studio Fusion Gallery, London
Feb 2017 – Making Ground Residency at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton
Jan – March 2017 – ‘Black and White’ – at Gallery 57 Arundel
Nov 2016 – Jan 2017 – Christmas Show – GalleryTop, Matlock, Derbyshire
Sept 2016- 17th Dec 2016 – ‘Spoon’ – Unit Twelve Gallery, Stafford
Aug-Sept 2016 – ‘Dissolution & Revolution’ at Romsey Abbey/Rum’s Eg Gallery
Aug-Sept 2016 – Artwave – open house art trail – 12 St Johns Terrace, Lewes
Sept-Oct 2016 – Make Lewes festival, Lewes
June 2016 – Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon – Attended as a Demonstrator
May 2016 – Atelier 51 – open studio, Brighton
April-June 2016 – ‘Marshes’ – Artichoke Gallery, Ticehurst, East Sussex
April-May 2016 – ‘Dungeness’ – Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex
Jan/Feb 2016 –  ‘Still Life’ – Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

November 20th – December 13th 2015 – Atelier 51 Open Studio, 51 Providence Place, Brighton
November 14th – January 2016 – ‘Box of Delights’, Lingwood Samuel Art, Godalming, Surrey
October 1st – December 19th 2015 – ‘The Language of Objects‘, Unit Twelve, Stafford
October 22nd – 25th 2015 – Made London, One Marylebone, London
Sept 2015 – Brighton Art Fair – Awarded ‘Best in Show’ for my work by sponsors Oh Comely Magazine
May 2015 – ‘It’s a Spring Thing’, Artists Open Houses, 3A Hove Place, Hove
April 2015 – ‘A Little Madness’ spring exhibition, Lingwood Samuel, Godalming
Dec 2014 – ‘One Room‘, Artists Open Houses, 3A Hove Place, Hove
Nov 2014 – MADE Brighton, The Design and Craft Fair, The Dome, Brighton
Oct 2014 – MADE London, The Design and Craft Fair, One Marylebone, London
Oct 2014 – Teabowls: Form Fuction Expression, Oxford Ceramics Gallery
Jun 2014 – Hothouse 4: New Ashgate Selects, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
Jun 2014 – Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey
Apr 2014 – Newcomers Exhibition, Bircham Gallery, Norfolk
Feb 2014 – Contemporary Makers, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Jan 2014 – Designer Crafts 2014, Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Gallery
Nov 2013 – Handmade in Britain – New Graduate Showcase, Chelsea Town Hall, London
Nov 2013 – Art in Clay, Farnham Maltings, Hampshire
Jun 2013 – Earth and Fire International Ceramic Festival, Rufford Abbey
Jan 2013 – The Graduate Show, Bevere Gallery, Worcestershire
Dec 2012 – Jan 2013 – New Directions in Contemporary Crafts – Mottisfont, Hampshire
Nov 2012 – Jan 2013 – Objects of Desire, Degree Art, London
Nov 2012 – New Contemporaries 2012 – Fairfields Arts Centre, Basingstoke
Aug 2012 – MAde, MA Show, James Hockey Gallery, UCA Farnham, Surrey
Jun 2012 – New Designers 2012 Exhibition – Business Design Centre, London
Apr 2012 – Rising Stars of 2012 Exhibition – New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
Nov 2011 – Mar 2012 – From This Earth Exhibition – Guildford House Gallery, Guildford, Surrey
Sep 2011 – International Ceramic Art Symposium, ISCAEE, Tokyo University of the Arts – Tokyo, Japan
Apr – May 2011 – Rising Stars of 2011 Exhibition – New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
Nov 2010 – London Potters Members Exhibition – Awarded Judges Commendation by Wendy Hoare


See the Courses page for info
email: boltceramics@gmail.com


2017/18 – Lecturer in Ceramics (maternity cover) – University of Brighton 3D Design and Crafts Degree
2017/18/19 – Short Course teacher in Ceramics and Mixed Media – West Dean College

Along with teaching ceramics at my Brighton studio, I have also spoken about my work and projects at various sessions and venues including: as part of the Crafts Council Hothouse programme (2016 & 2017), at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton; Making Space in Havant; and at Made London.


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All images © Copyright Elaine Bolt 2019