Clare Twomey

Plymouth Porcelain: A new collection. By Claire Twomey.

Photograph showing suspended boxes above a balconyEstablished British ceramic artist, Clare Twomey created an installation inspired by our Plymouth Porcelain collection.

Before the Museum and Art Gallery closed (ahead of development work for The Box, Plymouth) ‘Plymouth Porcelain: A New Collection’ could be viewed above the doors of our China Connection gallery. The artwork featured 33 suspended cases containing white porcelain objects that have been cast from objects suggested by the people of Plymouth.

Objects were suggested for various reasons – in celebration of friends or family or because of related emotions and memories. Against the back drop of the Museum’s historic Plymouth Porcelain collection, the commission looks to the future by capturing the stories of people today.

This was the first time that Twomey, who has exhibited in the UK, Europe and America and who was the ceramic artist-in-residence at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2011, has created a permanent work for a Museum.

‘Plymouth Porcelain: A New Collection’ was made possible thanks to New Expressions 2, which was supported by MLA Renaissance South West and the National Lottery through Grants for the Arts to enable regional museums to commission new work and join forces with contemporary artists.

  • Photograph of a ceiling installation of numerous boxes holding ceramic works

    Commissioned work by Clare Twomey 'Plymouth Porcelain: A New Collection'.

  • Close up of someone working on a ceramic item
  • A woman holding an original mug and a replica in each hand
  • A photo of a blue and white jug with a replica next to it
  • Photo of an installation of ceramics in cases which are suspended