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Eddie Curtis - Resume


Following a one year foundation course at Sunderland Polytechnic Eddie Curtis studied ceramics at Bath Academy of Art from 1973 – 1976.  He worked for one year in his home town of Seaham as a repetition thrower with a small semi industrial pottery until 1977 when  he took up employment in heavy industry for two years to raise finance for the purchase of Middle Rigg.  In 1979 with the support of his wife Margaret he established a studio at Middle Rigg where they both continue to work today.


The first output from the studio was oven to tableware but over the years the emphasis changed to more individually unique works.  He developed an almost obsessive passion to master the very demanding but equally rewarding production of copper red porcelain culminating in 2010 with a hugely successful exhibition with Margaret entitled 'Curtis Red' hosted at Rufford Park, in the UK and then later that year at Galerie Metzger, near Aschaffenburg, Germany.  Around this same time he paid a chance visit to a stretch of coastline near to his home town.  This visit led to a massive change of direction  and a consequently inspired body of work 'The Blast Series'.   He still works on this series today and has shown this work extensively through the UK and mainland Europe.  At the end of 2014 he travelled to India where he exhibited his predominantly sculptural works alongside 23 other international acclaimed ceramic artists in the Habitat Exhibition Centre of New Delhi.  In the summer of 2015 his work was shown in New York for the first time at Cavin Morris Gallery and in December 2015 he showed a collection of sake related pieces along with his wife Margaret and other international ceramic artists in Tokyo.  In the Spring of 2017 he was one of 30 international artists working in various media, showing his work in the German state funded exhibition "Meister der Moderne" (Modern Masters), Munich.

Born 1953


1973 -1976 - Studied at Bath Academy of Art

1976 -1977 - Repetition thrower at semi-industrial pottery

1979           - Established workshop at Middle Rigg




2017 - Detlef-Schmidt-Wilkens Preis für Keramik.  Oldenburger                                   Keramiktage, Germany

2016 - Detlef-Schmidt-Wilkens Preis für Keramik.  Oldenburger                                   Keramiktage, Germany

2010Award for excellence. prize. Art in Clay,


2004Juried prize, 1st prize 29th International Keramiekmarkt

           Gouda, Holland

20042nd Prize, "Marche des Potiers" 9th Biennale de la Ceramique

           Andenne, Belgium

20033rd prize, "Prize of the public" Gouda, Holland

20021st prize, "Prize of the public" Gouda, Holland

2002Sponsors 1st prize, Bols Liquers, 2nd Internationale Biennale

           Keramiek Park Van Brasschaat, Belgium

2002Highly Commended, Sothebys, "Dish of the Day" competition, 

           Potfest in the Park





2006Arts Council England

2003Arts Council England, International Travel Award

2003Arts Council England, 'Cultural Business Venture Award'

2002One North East, Development grant

2002WVDC Marketing



2019 - Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany

2017 - Aberystwyth University, School of Art Museum and Galleries,

           Ceramic Collection 

2012 - KOLUMBA  Art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany

2007Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 - The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, 'Modern Master'

2014 - Galerie​ Metzger , Johannesberg, near Asschaffenburg,

           Germany "Return to Landscape"

2013 - Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire

2013 - Beaux Arts, Bath

2012 - Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London "Eddie Curtis,

           Margaret Curtis: New Textures New Forms"

2011 - Beaux Arts, Bath

2010 - Metzger Galerie, Johannesberg, near Asschaffenburg,

           Germany "curtis red"

2010 - Rufford Park, Notttinghamshire "curtis red"

2008 - Beaux Arts, Bath

2008 - Lund Gallery, Easingwold

2008 - Inspires, Oxford

2008 - Brooke Street Gallery, Hay on Wye

2006 - Broughton Gallery, Biggar, Scotland

2005 - Lund Gallery, Easingwold, North Yorks

2005 - Galerie Mebius, Noordhorn, Netherlands

2004 - Beaux Arts, Bath

Seaham Blast Beach - Eddie Curtis
'Blast Beach', Seaham,  Co. Durham

Selected group exhibitions

2019 - 'Sake Wares - A Contemporary Interpretation' The Stratford               Gallery, Stratford on Avon, UK 

2018  'Teabowl' The Stratford Gallery, Stratford on Avon, UK

2018  ''Jus de céramique' Tiendschuur, Tegelen, Netherlands

2018  ''Small works' Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, Michigan, USA

2017   ''Sake' Oxford Ceramics Gallery, UK

2017   'Sake wares' Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, Michigan, USA

2016   'Teabowl'  Oxford Ceramics Gallery, UK

2017   'Meister der Moderne, Munich, Germany

2015 - 'Sake Cup' Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo, Japan

2015 - 'Enflamed' Cavin Morris Gallery, New York

2014 - Biennale International de Ceramique Contemporaine 

           de Sevres, Paris, France.

2007 - Christmas Present, The Shipley, Gateshead

2007 - Totally Teabowls, Oakwood Gallery, Thoresby 

2005 - International Chawan exhibition, Het laatste Huis,


2005 - International Ceramics Exhibition, Seeschloss

           Gmunden, Austria

2004 - Ceramics from the UK, Culture Centre, Parc van

           Braschaat, Belgium

2004 - UK Ceramics, Gallery Enju, Tottori City, Japan 

2003 - Clay Ten, Woodbury Gallery, Exeter

2003 - British Contemporary Ceramics, British Embassy,

           St. Petersburg

2003 - In the Window, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

2003 - Isouan Gallery, Okazaki City, Aichi, Japan

2003 - Kawarabanya Gallery, Seto, Japan

2001 - Uniquely functional, Hugo Barclay Gallery,




Selected International Festivals

2016 - Oldenburger Keramiktage, Germany

2015 - Ceramic Art York

2014 - Les Journees de la Ceramique, Paris, France

2013 - Ceramic Art London

2009 - Ceramic Art London

2009 - Diessener Töpfermarkt, Diessen am Ammersee, Germany

2009 - Collect at the V&A, London

2009 - Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxford

2006 - Origin, The London Craft Fair

2006 - Internationale Keramiekmarkt, Swalmen Netherlands

2005 - Keramisto, Milsbeek, Netherlands

2005 - Topfermarkt Gmunden, Austria

2005 - 15eme Marche de Potiers de Giroussens, France

2004 - 9th Biennale de la Ceramique, Andenne, Belgium

2003 - Ceramic Festival, Banko Potters, Yokkaichi, Japan

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