I originally trained and worked in ceramics but moved into working with paper and paint a few years ago.
I love walking and everything I make is inspired by what I have seen in the countryside, especially birds, which I find endlessly fascinating.
I work with collage, paper cuts and paint on paper and recycled wood.
When not working in my studio, I work as a paint effects specialist and help run a props and set design company; Colin Holden Design.
Born 1958. Bath. United Kingdom.
1999 – 2001 MA by Independent Project. University of Brighton
1977 – 1980 BA(Hons) Ceramics. University of Wales. Cardiff Institute.
1976 – 1977 Foundation Studies. Bath Academy of Art.
2004 – 2006 After school club - Sommerhill Junior School.
1996 – 2001 Part time Lecturer – Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology.
1985 – 1990 Part time Lecturer - University of Portsmouth.
1982 – 1985 Part time Lecturer – Manchester Metropolitan University.
1985 Crafts Council Setting Up Grant.
1986 South East Arts Travel Award.
1989 Crafts Council Gallery at the V&A Museum.
1984 Craft and Design Centre, City Art Gallery, Leeds
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2003 Contemporary British Ceramics, Los Angeles.
2004 Contemporary Applied Arts 2002 Hatfield House
1998 ‘Classics VII’ , Kortrijk, Belgium
1995 ‘Chests for Treasure’, Crafts Council Gallery Shop.
1995 ‘Gifts for Valentines’, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A Museum.
1992 Chelsea Crafts Fair.
1990 The Oxford Gallery
1991 ‘Ten Boxes’ Touring Exhibition.
1987 ‘Between Dog &Wolf’ Red Herring Gallery.
1988 ‘New Spirit’ Touring Exhibition.
1984 ‘Jugend Gestaltet’ Munich
3 Ceramic Sculptures for St Richards Hospital, Chichester
5 ceramic pieces for British Rail boardroom
Several private commissions
Brighton & Hove Museum, South East Arts Crafts collection
North West Arts Crafts Collection
Lotherton Hall, Leeds Cleveland Museum
Royal Society of the Arts Worthing Museum
Huddersfield Art Gallery Cartwright Hall, Bradford
Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Painted Ceramics – Colour & Imagery on Clay by Brenda Pegrum.