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
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
2007 Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Vessels – The Spirit of Modern Ceramics, Mashiko Ceramics Museum, Japan
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
201 European Ceramics Context, Bornholm, Denmark
2009 Pots for light Galerie Besson, London