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Spill series, green and black. 2018. 15cm W x 8cm H



  Untitled, Spill series, pale pink and green with sand. 2018. 9 cm W x 25 cm H 



Untitled, Absence series, pink and green. 26 cm W x 8cm H; Untitled, Absence series, green and black. 23cm W x 7cm H. Both 2018



 Untitled, Spill series, green and green. 2018. 8cm W x 19cm H



Untitled, Spill series, pink and green. 2018. 8cm W x 13cm H

Copyright all images: Bernard G Mills:



The three 2016 works below have been shortlisted for the European Prize for Applied Arts 2018, and will be exhibited at the World Crafts Council gallery in Mons, Belgium from 20 October 2018 - 20 January 2019.


 Untitled, Spill series, green and green, 2016. 16cm W x 15cm H


Untitled, Absence series, dark gold and green, 2016. 27cm W x 10cm H 


Untitled, Transition series, pale pink and black, 2016. 15cm W x 9cm H.

Copyright all images: Bernard G Mills.


I make small ceramic sculptures which combine opposites of form, texture and colour as metaphors for perfection versus imperfection/ control versus chaos, in relation to personal identity and a contradictory sense of self. My work explores ideas about the containment of personal and emotional mess and disorder, in a world which encourages the belief that control and perfection in all aspects of our lives is desirable and attainable. I am interested in the contemporary tendency, aided by the tools of social media, to mask the messiness and chaos of real life through the creation of curated/ constructed personal identities.

My sculptures are intended to be unsettling in their form and how they are displayed, sometimes spilling over or lurking at the foot of the plinth.


Recent news 

** I enjoyed the private view of the European Prize for Applied Arts 2018 at the BeCraft gallery in Mons, on 20 October. As above, I have three works in this exhibition, which is open until 20 January 2019.



** I am delighted that this 2014 work has recently been bought by a private collector in the USA - my first work to enter a collection there.



Other highlights  

I was shortlisted for the Annex Collection Acquisition Award, April 2017 

My work was shortlisted for the inaugural Carter Preston Prize for contemporary craft, and I took part in the prize exhibition at the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, 9 July - 21 August 2016


Exhibition views: Left: Carter Preston Prize at Bluecoat Display Centre, and right: East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery


My work was selected for the 59th Premio Faenza, International Competition for Contemporary Ceramics 2015, 27 June 2015 - 31 January 2016: 


View of the 59th Premio Faenza prize exhibition, including my work. Image: International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza


I took part in Ceramic Event 7, curated by Galerie de Lô, as part of Design September, Brussels, 19 - 27 September 2015


Ceramic Event 7, Brussels including a view of the exhibition with one of 5 pieces I exhibited on the right. Images: Galerie de Lô


I had a small solo show in the Project Space at the National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford in winter 2014/ spring 2015


View of 'Incident' at the National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford


I was one of 15 ceramic artists shortlisted for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014, presented by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London: 

Exhibitions took place at The Lloyds Club and at Sphinx Fine Art, in London, Sept - Dec 2014.  

One of my pieces on display at The Lloyds Club, as part of the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014 


Since graduating from Bath Spa University in the summer of 2012 with a distinction for my MA show, my work has been selected for a number of exhibitions and competitions, and awarded a medal in the 58th Premio Faenza: International Competition for Contemporary Ceramics, Faenza, Italy, 2013. My work was also featured in the June 2013 issue of La Ceramica in Italia e Nel Mondo magazine.



My work in the 58th Premio Faenza, and featured in the June 2013 issue of La Ceramica in Italia magazine.