Gareth Nash, Artist in residence

We are extremely excited to welcome Gareth Nash to Nantgarw. Gareth is a sculptural ceramic artist whose wonderfully exciting work evolves around horses and anthropomorphism. Gareth is working to a large scale and his exhibition at Nantgarw China Works Gallery will open on November 1st until November 19th. You are more than welcome to come along and see Gareth working when you visit the China Works.



” As a keen rider I grew up around horses. This passion crossed over to my work as a ceramicist and became a key element in being able to express myself as an artist. Whilst studying to develop my skills I was unable to find answers to many questions I had in relation to making horses in clay. Currently I am interested in how other cultures build and make horses, their mythology and symbolism.

I am tracing the history of the horse in ceramics from Tang Dynasty Tomb figures through to Staffordshire mass produced figurines. Through this journey I hope to discover diverse methods of making in ceramics, glazing and embellishing techniques, to inform my own studio practice. I have started my research at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and the V & A , London.

I am currently artist in residence at Nantgarw China Works, Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taff. I am enjoying exploring their collection and have been inspired by Billingsley’s porcelain rose decoration and Pardoe’s earthenware pipes to develop and embellish surface decorations within my own studio work, hand building roses and using mocha and tobacco techniques. I am also inspired by the connection that horses have with Nantgarw China Works, transporting clay and coal used to fire the bottle kilns, along the Glamorganshire Canal. I am working towards an exhibition as the result of my research to display in the Nantgarw China Works Gallery in November 2015.”

Gareth Nash