Jack Doherty

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Jack Doherty was born in County Derry and studied Ceramics at the Ulster College of Art and Design, Belfast. On graduating he worked at Kilkenny Design Workshops before establishing his studio first in Co Armagh and then in Herefordshire. Doherty is passionately involved with ceramics and his experience, as an internationally renowned maker, has led to his involvement in many areas such as lecturing, writing and organising exhibitions and events. He is currently Chair of the organising committee of Ceramic Art London. As a former Chair of the Craft Potters Association, he has been at the forefront of promoting contemporary studio ceramics. From 2008 – 2013 Doherty was the first Lead Potter and Creative Director at the restored Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall where he established the production studio and designed a contemporary range of soda-fired tableware. He currently works independently from his studio in Mousehole, Cornwall.

Doherty’s work explores vessels and the ancient layers of cultural resonance embedded within archetypal forms. Made from porcelain, the forms are thrown then carved and shaped reflecting the fluidity of the material and physicality of making. The elemental colour and surface texture are created by the fusion of fire and soda in the intense heat of the kiln, leaving behind a subtle palette of smoky grey, lemon, russet and turquoise.
Selected as a finalist for his Guardian Vessel piece for the prestigious 2020 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize Exhibition.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Living Space, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London, UK
2017 Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2017 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, UK
2016 Dao Artspace, Xi’an, China
2016 Living Space Gallery St Ives Tokyo, Japan
2016 Waypoint Market Place Gallery Armagh, N Ireland
2015 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2015 Waypoint, New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, UK
2015 New Craftsman, St Ives, UK
2015 Beaux Arts, Bath, UK
2014 Harbouring, Newlyn Art Gallery, UK
2013 Gallery Nine Bath, UK
2012 New Craftsman, St Ives, Cornwall, UK
2011 Gallery – St Ives & Toyko, Japan
2010 National University, Taipei, Taiwan
2010 Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2009 National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2007 Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2017 Touchstone, Ceramics Ireland, Farmleigh Gallery Dublin & Kilkenny NCG
2016 Transformed in Fire, Gallerytop, Derbyshire, UK
2015 Vessels, The Spirit of Modern Ceramics, Mashiko Ceramics Museum, Japan
2015 Side by Side, National Craft Gallery Ireland & Irish Cultural Centre Paris France
2015 ‘O’ Design and Crafts Council Tent, London, UK
2014 Interplay, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2014 Tea Bowls, Oxford Ceramics Gallery, UK
2014 The Field, Model Arts Centre, Sligo
2014 Weathering, Tent, London
2014 Ullens Art Centre, Beijing
2013 Moon Jar: Contemporary Translations, Korean Cultural Centre, London
2013 Ceramics Now, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK
2013 Future Beauty, National Craft Gallery, Farmleigh Gallery, Ireland
2012 Jack Doherty & Tomoo Hamada, Gallery St Ives, Toyko, Japan
2012 The Ethics of Objects, Kinsale Arts Festival
2011 TransFORM Farmleigh Dublin and touring Ireland
2011 A Place in the World Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, UK
2010 Tea Vessels, Mitsokoshi, Toyko, Japan
2010 European Ceramics Context, Bornholm, Denmark
2009 Pots for light Galerie Besson, London

1993 West Midlands Arts Crafts initiative grant
1998 1st Prize West Midlands Arts Touring Exhibition
1986 Crafts Council marketing / publicity grant
1976 Gold Medal International Ceramics Biennial Vallauris France
1974 Gold Medal International Ceramics exhibition Faenza Italy
1972 Alice Berger Hammerslag Trust Award

Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection, Hunt Museum Ireland
National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland
The Ceramics Museum Mashiko Japan
Potteries Museum, Hanley, UK
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery UK
Liverpool Museum, UK
Princeshof Ceramics Museum, Netherlands
Castle Museum, Nottingham, UK
Cheltenham Museum, UK
Ceramics Museum, Faenza, Italy