As part of the panel discussion, I will be talking for ten minutes or so, offering a sense of what my work is about and highlighting a few formative career moments. I will also speak about the resources—internal and external—I have drawn on to keep my love affair with clay going (35 years so far). I will also reflect upon the importance of ‘simpatico’ or commonality between artists and those who represent them, through the lens of my own relationship over the last decade with Jason Jacques Gallery in New York. My hope is that my faltering experience of an unfolding career will provide a grounded and realistic perspective of what this kind of life path can entail.
Gareth Mason specialises in dramatic clay and porcelain pots and exhibits in solo and group exhibitions internationally. His first solo exhibition in America was in February 2011. Entitled ‘Other Forces’, it was held at Jason Jacques Gallery in Manhattan and was followed in January 2014 by his second show at the gallery, entitled ‘More is More’. The book of the same name is held in the Cfile Online Library. Residencies include Syracuse University, USA (2019/20), the Jingdezhen International Studio, China (2016) and Long Beach State University, USA (2011). Speaking and ‘Master Class’ engagements include; Everson Museum Syracuse (2019); Fitzwilliam Museum (2018); ‘LabArtz’, Taoxichuan, China (2016); International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth (2015); Greenwich House New York and The Clay Studio Philadelphia (2014); the American Museum of Ceramic Art, California (2013); SOFA Chicago Expo (2011); International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary (2010). A past columnist for Ceramic Review Magazine, London, he has also written for Ceramics Monthly, Keramik Magazine Europa and Ceramics Art and Perception. The E-book, ‘A Decade In Cahoots’, is published online by Jason Jacques Press, accompanying the October 2020 solo exhibition of the same name. Group exhibitions include; Shapes from Out of Nowhere, the Metropolitan Museum New York; Ceramics Biennale, Hongzhou, China, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Side Gallery, Barcelona; Centre Tignous, Paris; Yale Centre for British Art, Connecticut; Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston and Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida. Collections include The Metropolitan Museum New York, Everson Museum, Syracuse, Mint Museum North Carolina and Houston Museum of Art, USA. Mason is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and Brother of the Art Workers Guild, London. He lives and works in Hampshire, England.
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