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.
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
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, KecskemÃ©t, Hungary