2019 Adult Content, Bristol (Upcoming)
2019 Greyfriars Bobby, The Museum of Edinburgh
2018 Afternoon Tea, Bristol
2018 The Pearl Collective, Edinburgh
2017 The Japanese House, Barbican Centre
2017 Clerkenwell Design Week, London
2017 Create to Commemorate, Royal Cornwall Museum
2016 New Designers, Design Business Centre
2016 You Are Here, Trelissick National Trust Gardens
2016 Natural Materials, Eden Project
CRUMBS Magazine, no.88 2019
Metro Newspaper, February 2019
She Is Fierce, Issue 3, 2018
Simply Sewing, Issue 40, 2018
Etsy Lookbook, 2017
Emerging Potters, Issue 4, Oct-Dec 2016
CoLab, Bristol, UK
Craft Design House, Edinburgh, UK
HEAL'S Tottenham Court Road, London, UK
Meta Gallery, Cornwall, UK
The Museum of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK
@Work Gallery, London, UK
BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft, Falmouth University
Three words can be used to describe the ceramic work of Isobel Higley: positive, sustainable and handmade.
Holding positivity at the core of each design, every item aims to bring a smile to your face. Imagery within the work holds a strong sense of narrative, and will often feature small creatures. These detailed illustrations are hand painted onto each piece of ceramic. Items are made as individual works, and great care is taken to imbue beauty in every object.
Working from her studio, Isobel Higley strives to make her ceramic practice environmentally sustainable. This process includes using slow design methods, creating work in small batches and minimising energy consumption. Clay bodies are made on-site using local powdered clay and collected rainwater. The clay is mixed by hand using traditional methods Isobel learnt when working with artists in rural Devon. When the clay is ready for use, it is either hand built or thrown on a traditional kick wheel.
Within the studio all waste clay is recycled together and reused, this creates unique colours and textures within the work. Often work is finished with a glossy clear glaze or sections will be left unglazed. This is to highlight the beautiful raw colouring of the fired ceramic and to celebrate the process that has led to the finished work.