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Chris Wight

Artist's Work


    Work introduction

    For over twenty years I have worked almost exclusively in bone china - producing panels, vessels and sculptures on both domestic and architectural-scales that emphasise the delicate translucency of the material through its interaction with light.


    Much of my inspiration comes from an interest in the patterns, textures and forms found in nature, although in contrast to these themes a developing strand of work ‘re-imagines’ classic shapes from historic industrial ceramic manufacturers such as Royal Crown Derby and Wedgwood.


    To capitalise on the allure of bone china I adopt ‘high-risk’ techniques - often unconventional, certainly against traditional good practice - which push the clay to its very limits and where intuition allied with experience is relied upon to make a successful piece. Assimilating new technologies like water-jet cutting into my long-established ceramic processes has enabled systems of construction that were previously impossible and with a laser cut stenciling and laser etching I am exploring new methods of applying pattern and texture to the ceramic surface.


    The approach to my work has always been to challenge the boundaries set by this most traditional of ceramic materials as I seek new modes of expression with it and attempt to redefine the perception of bone china as something more than the sole preserve of fine tableware.

    Artist Biography

    Born in Glasgow 1967, Chris Wight grew up by the sea on the west coast of Scotland. Bone china has been his material of choice for over twenty years. He undertook an MA in Industrial Ceramics at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, where he was trained by designers and modellers from Wedgwood and Royal Doulton. Enjoying the technical challenges of working with this alluring yet ‘stubborn’ clay body he adopts ‘high-risk’ techniques to push the clay to its limits and utilises new technologies to create his works and discover new modes of expression with this most traditional of clays.


    His output includes vessel forms, panels, screens and sculptures with works at both domestic and architectural scale. The largest being the chapel doors created for The Minster School in his hometown of Southwell, Nottinghamshire at four metres in height by six metres in width and comprising over 4,500 handmade bone china discs.


    In the UK, Wight has exhibited at venues such as Sotheby’s, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Saatchi Gallery, in numerous shows in Europe including with Bernardaud, in Limoges along with group and solo exhibitions in Japan and Korea. He has also recently started showing work in the USA with Garth Clark.


    Writing in Ceramic Review Judy Adams stated - "He is one of that rare breed of designer makers whose output transcends categorisation, who works with a range of materials, and shifts easily from traditional tools and techniques to the latest technology".