Fiona Bates was born in Australia, but grew up on the South Coast of England moving to London to study ceramics at St. Martin’s Central School of Art and Design before completing an MA at UWE Bristol in Making and Archiving.
She has been working with clay for over 25 years and has been recognised for her unique and unusual designs.
Currently she works in her studio in North Devon where the working harbour of Ilfracombe, history of smuggling and dramatic coastline really do have an increasing influence on her work.
Each of her unique pieces is hand built using pure white earthenware or porcelain clays. Furthermore, Fiona uses a range of dry glazes, slips and sumptuous gloss glazes to finish her pieces.
Fiona also focuses on taking discarded, everyday objects and bringing them together to give them new meaning within a unique piece of ceramic.
Fiona’s work ranges in size and complexity and includes: fireplace surrounds; a variety of species of fish; boats; tiny children’s shoes; wedding shoes; tins of sardines; horses; rams, dogs and cats heads.
Design Magazine, Votre Maison, The Sunday Times and Homes and Gardens have all featured Fiona’s work. She has exhibited in many galleries including; the V&A and Crafts Council Gallery London.
Here are Heart Gallery the Sardine Tins are our favourites and they are pretty popular with our customers too. Pop in soon to see her sardines – we are certain you will be tickled pink!
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