ON THE WALL IN ST.IVES BASED POTTER SAM HALL’S STUDIO IS A SINGLE WORD, SCORED INTO THE DUST COVERED PLASTER. ‘FIGHT’ IT SAYS. IT STRIKES ME AS A CALL TO ARMS, AN IMPERATIVE NOTE TO SELF THAT THOUGH LIFE MIGHT BE A STRUGGLE, SUCCESS CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH A WILLINGNESS TO ENGAGE AND DO BATTLE……. A GLANCE AT ONE OF HALL’S POTS, A WORK IN PROGRESS ON THE FLOOR, REVEALS ANOTHER LONE WORD.‘TUNE’ HAS BEEN ETCHED ONTO ONE SIDE OF THE FORM WHICH RESEMBLES A TRUNCATED CRUSHED CYLINDER, BUT AGAIN, ITS APPEARANCE IS INEXPLICABLE.

‘I DON’T KNOW WHY I WROTE IT’ SAYS HALL.

THE YORKSHIRE BORN POTTER IS NOT BEING DIFFICULT OR EVASIVE. HIS WORK, WHICH IS CELEBRATED INTERNATIONALLY, OFTEN MAKES USE OF RANDOM WORDS WHOSE ORIGIN IS HALL’S SUBCONSCIOUS BUT WHOSE MEANING IS NEVER STATIC OR FIXED.






Words by Alex Wade. Extracted from “ THE PARADOXICAL PERFECTIONIST’

Cornwall Today, August 2012.


SAM HALL IS ORIGINALLY FROM WEST YORKSHIRE, AND NOW LIVES IN SAINT IVES, CORNWALL.

HE HAS BEEN MAKING POTS SINCE 1995 AND HAS EXHIBITED WITHIN THE UK, EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES.

ESSENTIALLY A POTTER BY TRAINING, HE MANAGES TO EXTRACT A DEEPLY INVOLVED AND DESCRIPTIVE QUALITY TO HIS CERAMICS.

DATE OF BIRTH. 27TH AUGUST 1967


EDUCATION

1985-1987. B/TEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA. HARROGATE COLLEGE OF ART

1987-1990. BA(HONS).LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE OF ART


EXHIBITIONS

1996/1998. “GO WEST” CORK STREET, LONDON. SELFRIDGES, LONDON.

         CECILIA COLMAN, LONDON.

         YEOWARD SOUTH, LONDON       

         BETTLES GALLERY, HAMPSHIRE.

  1. 1999. JOHN DAVIS GALLERY, STOW ON THE WOLD.

         WALKER GALLERY, HARROGATE.

         OLYMPIA FINE ART, MILNE AND MOLLER.

  1. 2000. CERAMIC 2000,WALKER GALLERY, LONDON.

  2. 2001. OLYMPIA FINE ART, MILNE AND MOLLER LONDON.

  3. 2002. BETTLES GALLERY, HAMPSHIRE.

  1. 2003.DUNDEE SHOWCASE, DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ARTS.

  2. 2004.LONDON ART FAIR- LEMON STREET GALLERY.

       P&O FERRIES, ELSTON HAYES ASSOCIATES.

  1. 2005.LONDON ART FAIR- LEMON STREET GALLERY.

        CILL RAILIAG PROJECT, SOUTH WEST IRELAND.

  1. 2006.LEMON STREET GALLERY, TRURO.

        CERAMIC ART LONDON.

        GALLERY THE YARD, NETHERLANDS.

        FRANK STEYAERT GALLERY, GENT, BELGIUM.

  1. 2007.LEMON STREET GALLERY, TRURO.

        LUND GALLERY, NORTH YORKSHIRE.

  1. 2008.DANISH CONNECTION, JUTLAND DENMARK.

  2. 2009.LEMON STREET GALLERY, TRURO.

  3. 2010.LEACH POTTERY “BLACK” EXHIBITION CORNWALL. SPIRAL GALLERY @ HELLIFIELD HOUSE, NORTH YORKSHIRE.

  4. 2011.KATE CHERTAVIAN FINE ARTS, BOSTON U.S.A.

       “(ITS) WHATS ON THE OUTSIDE THAT MATTERS”    

        NEWPORT MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, WALES

  1. 2012.‘ST.IVES POTTERS’ CRAFT IN THE BAY, WALES.

        ROB FOGAL GALLERY, LINCOLNSHIRE.

  1. 2013.LYNNE STROVER GALLERY, CAMBRIDGE.

       ‘CLAYWORKS’,TAOS, NEW MEXICO, U.S.A.

PUBLICATIONS


WORLD OF INTERIORS                         NOV 1999

CERAMIC REVIEW                       MAY/JUNE 2005                                      

YORKSHIRE POST                              SEPT 2005

CORNWALL TODAY MAGAZINE              JAN 2006

KERAMISCH MAGAZINE KLEI                NOV 2006

GALLERIES MAGAZINE                         DEC 2007

CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS/EMMANUEL COOPER                                                      2009

CERAMIC REVIEW                                      2009

CERAMIC ART AND PERCEPTION         SEPT 2011

CORNWALL TODAY MAGAZINE        AUGUST 2012

SAM HALL