Don't Look Back - Meri Wells


Meri Wells b.1946

Born in 1946, Meri Wells studied Art at Sutton & Epsom Schools of Art, followed by Art and Drama at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Based in mid-Wales, she is a ceramic sculptor whose studio and workshop is in a beautiful old house near Machynlleth. Here she produces both raku and wood-fired figurative sculptures using clays, some of which she digs locally. Part human, part animal or bird, her creatures suggest emotions and tensions that lie under the surface of all human relationships.

"The small ceramic figures come out of the hedge that I can see from the window. They march past reviving forgotten imagery of childhood stories and our cultural myths. I try to draw them in that first fleeting glimpse. They are best viewed in groups, from the perspective of personal history and the elemental associations with certain places".

Meri is a National Advisor to the Arts Council of Wales, and was elected both to the Royal Cambrian Academy and the International Academy of Ceramics in 2007.

Collections

Townley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley

Collection of the Artist's Union, Latvia

Czech Agency of Ceramic Design, Czech Republic

City Art Gallery and Museum, Panevezys, Lithuania

International Ceramics Studio Kecskemet, Hungary

Saltzbrand Collection Coblenz, Germany

Ceramics Collection, University of Wales Aberystwyth

Sculpture Park, Kastiel Pusty Chotar Beladice, Slovenska Republika

Tabernacle Trust Public Collection, Machynlleth

Collection, Estonian Association of Ceramic Arts, Kohila, Estonia

National Museum of Wales

Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth

Fuping Pottery Art Museum, XiAn, China

Newport City Museum and Art Gallery, Gwent

Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery

 

Awards

2011  Wakeline Purchase Prize, Glynn Vivian Gallery Swansea

2010  Grant towards purchase of kiln: Cyfle Creu

2009  Elizabeth Wait Purchase Prize, Newport City Museum and Art Gallery, Gwent

2008  Wales Arts International Travel Grant; Assembly of International Academy of Ceramics XiAn, China

2004  Wales Arts International Special Project Bursary; Hlobani homestead, Swaziland

2001  Arts Council of Wales Special Project Grant; Porcelain Symposium, Siklos, Hungary

1996  Arts Council of Wales Special Project Grant; Arts Symposium, Latvia

1992  Scholarship; International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary