Gillian Lowndes

Born 1936, West Kirby, Merseyside, UK

Died 2010, London, UK



1958 Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris
1955 Central School of Arts and Crafts, London


Solo Exhibitions

Gillian Lowndes, The Sunday Painter, London, 2016
Retrospective, Ruthin Craft Center, London, 2013
Gillian Lowndes, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 1994
Gillian Lowndes: New Ceramic Sculpture (catalogue), Crafts Council Gallery, London, 1987

Pandora (Two-Person Show) Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid, 1987
The Tail of the Dog, Crafts Council Shop at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1983

Gillian Lowndes, The Bristol Guild of Applied Art, Bristol, 1963
Window display of pinch pots, Primavera, Sloane Street, London, 1962


Selected Group Exhibitions

The Shape left by the body, The Sunday Painter, London, 2018
Daughters of Necessity: Serena Korda and Wakefield's ceramics, The Hepworth, Wakefield, 2017

Markers, David Zwirner, London, 2017
Final Selection at Billing Place, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by trustees and friends, 2010

Works in Clay: The Anthony Shaw Collection, Offer Waterman & Co., London, cur. by Matthew Hall, 2010

Studio: Ceramicists and their Studios, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Denbighshire (catalogue), 2010

The Collection with a View, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by Anthony Shaw, 2009

Five Lives with Clay, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by Anthony Shaw, 2009

Collector's Choice, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by John Christian, 2009

Ten Years Innit! Barrett Marsden Gallery, London, 2008
Curator's Choice, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by Amanda Fielding, 2007

Poet's Choice, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by Christopher Reid, 2006

Trustee's Choice II, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by Tatjana Marsden, 2006

Trustee's Choice, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by David Whiting, 2005

Friend's Choice, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by Anita Besson, 2005
Camberwell in the 1970s: Teachers and Students, Galerie Besson, London, cur. by David Whiting, 2005

COLLECT (with Contemporary Applied Arts), Victoria and Albert Museum, London (catalogue), 2005

[Un]Homely David's Road, Forest Hill, London, cur. by Susan Hill, 2005

Opening Exhibition, The Anthony Shaw Collection, London, selected by Anthony Shaw, 2004
Constructed Clay: Modern British Handbuilding, Galerie Besson, London, cur. by David Whiting, 2003

Off the Plinth House gallery, Camberwell, London, 2003

Sleepers, The Royal Cornwalll Museum, Truro, cur. by Richard Slee as part of the Ceramica International Festival, 2002

Early Handbuilders, Paul Rice Gallery, London, 2002
Crossing Borders, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway (catalogue), 2001
Risk Takers and Pioneers: The Martin Brothers and the Evolution of Studio Pottery, Centenary Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts, London, curated by Francesca Vanke (catalogue), 2000

Millennium Mugs, Galerie Besson, London, 2000
Firing Imagination: British Ceramics, Centro Brasileiro-Britanico, Sao Paulo, Brazil, organised by the British Council, curated by Janice Tchalenko, 2000

Still Life, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, Gillian Lowndes selected by Ralph Ball, 1999
Pleasures of Peace: Mid-Century Craft and Art in Britain, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich, cur. by Tanya Harrod, touring (book); Brighton Museum and Art Gallery; Aberdeen Art Gallery, 1999
Harrow - The First Decade: 1963-1974, the Staff, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset, 1999

Off the Wall On the Floor, London Institute Gallery, London, cur. by Richard Slee (catalogue), 1998

Women in Europe: Ceramics, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany, 1998
A View of Clay, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, cur. by Alison Britton, 1998

Gillian Lowndes and Gordon Baldwin, Lynne Strover Gallery, Fen Ditton, Cambridge, 1996
Soft Hot Hard: Contemporary British Ceramics, The National Museum, Ljubljana, Slovenia, selected by Mo Jupp and Michael Casson (catalogue), 1996
Objects of Our Time, Crafts Council Gallery, London, curated by Martina Margetts, touring (catalogue); Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast; Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Manchester City Art Gallery; American Craft Museum, New York, USA, 1996

Pandora's Box and the Tradition of Clay Crafts Council Gallery, London, cur. by Ewen Henderson (catalogue), 1995

Primavera: Pioneering Art and Design, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, touring (catalogue); The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, 1995

The Raw and the Cooked: New Work in Clay in Britain, Barbican Art Gallery, London, cur. by Alison Britton and Martina Margetts, touring (catalogue) The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Dunkerque, France, 1993

Visions of Craft 1972-1993 Crafts Council Gallery, London (catalogue), 1993

Arts & Crafts to Avant-Garde: Aspects of British Craft 1880 to the Present Day, Foyer Galleries, Royal Festival Hall, London, 1992

20th Anniversary of the Visiting Artist Programme Exhibition, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, 1992
International Invitational Exhibition of Ceramic Art, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan, 1992

Aspects of Sculpture, Galerie Marianne Heller, Sandhausen, Germany, 1991
British Ceramics Now, Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, USA, 1991
British Ceramics Now, Bellas Artes Gallery, New York, USA, 1991

Colours of the Earth: Twentieth Century British Ceramics, org. by the British Council, touring (catalogue) New Delhi; Varanasi; Calcutta; Mumbai; Madras; Bangalore; Malaysia, 1991
Beyond the Dovetail: Craft, Skill and Imagination, Crafts Council Gallery, London, cur. by Peter Dor- mer, touring (catalogue), 1991

The Decorative Beast: The Animal Form in Art, Crafts Council Gallery, London, cur. by Peter Dormer (catalogue), 1990

The Harrow Connection, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, touring (catalogue) Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Crafts Council of Ireland Gallery, Dublin; East Midlands Arts; Crafts Council, London, 1989

London Amsterdam: New Art Objects from Britain and Holland, Crafts Council Gallery, London, touring (catalogue), 1988

Craft Classics since the 1940's, Crafts Council Gallery, London, 1988

Chicago International Art Fair, USA, 1988
Potted History: A Selective Survey of the Last Twenty Years of British Ceramics, Gardner Centre Gallery, University of Sussex, selected by Tanya Harrod (catalogue)1986

International Contemporary Art Fair (with the British Crafts Centre), Olympia, London, 1986
Three from Camberwell: Gillian Lowndes, Ewen Henderson and Colin Pearson, Amalgam Gallery, Barnes, London, 1985

European Ceramics and Wall Textures, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, org. by Henry Rothschild, 1985
Craft Matters: Three Attitudes to Contemporary Craft, John Hansard Gallery, The University of Southampton, in collab. with West Surrey College of Art and Design (catalogue), 1985

Eight Ceramicists, British Crafts Centre, London, 1984
Britska Keramika vystavna, sie ZSVU, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, touring (catalogue), Prague; Brno, 1984

Central Ceramics, Central School of Art and Design, London, 1982
British Ceramics and Textiles '81, Scharpoord Arts Centre, Knokke-Heist, Belgium, org. by the Crafts Council and the British Council, London (catalogue), 1981

Image and Idea: A View of Contemporary Ceramics in Britain, org. by the British Council, and in Australia by the Crafts Board of the Australia Council and the Australian Gallery Directors Council, touring (catalogue) Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South Wales; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Shepparton Arts Centre, Shepparton, Victoria; Western Autralian Art Gallery, Perth; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; New Zealand, 1980

Ceramic Sculpture, Amalgam Gallery, Barnes, London, 1980
Boxes in Silver, Ceramics and Wood, Casson Gallery, London, 1978

Contemporary Ceramics: Tableware to Sculpture, Carmel College, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, 1978

International Ceramics, International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy, 1978
State of Clay, Sunderland Arts Centre, touring (catalogue) Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff; Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge; Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham; Walsall Museum, West Midlands; Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; Royal College of Art, London; Crawford Centre for the Arts, University of St. Andrews; Aberdeen Art Gallery; City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent; Scandinavia and Germany, 1978

Ian Auld and Gillian Lowndes, British Crafts Centre, London, 1977

Ian Auld and Gillian Lowndes, Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, 1977

Potters at Kettle's Yard, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, org. by Henry Rothschild, 1974
British Designer Craftsmen, org. by the British Section of the World Crafts Council, toured to American and Canadian venues by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES) British Ceramics, Mitzubashi [sic] Store, Tokyo, Japan, 1970

25th Anniversary Exhibition: Ceramics, Primavera, Walton Street, London, 1970

Primavera Craft Comprehensive One: Ceramics, Primavera, Walton Street, London
Five Studio Potters, org. by the Circulation Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, touring 1967 Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, 1968

International Ceramics, Istanbul, Turkey 1966

New Faces, Primavera, Sloane Street, London, 1966

Ian Auld and Gillian Lowndes, Primavera, Sloane Street, London, 1965

Under 30s, Crafts Centre of Great Britain, London/touring, Sweden

British Ceramics, Sydney, Australia 1964 British Crafts, Munich, West Germany

International Ceramics, Geneva, Swizerland



Arts Council Collection, UK
The Anthony Shaw Collection/York Museums Trust
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
British Council, London
Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury
The Camberwell Collection of Applied Arts, University of the Arts London
Crafts Council, London
CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Hepworth Wakefield, UK
Henry Rothschild Collection, Shipley Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Ken Stradling Collection Trust, Bristol

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK
Landesmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany
The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan Newark Museu, Newark, USA
Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley
Ulster Museum, Belfast
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
York Museums Trust