Word of Mouth
An exhibition of ceramics
from 19th October to 18th November 2022
This first major collection of playful ceramic works from Kitty Shepherd will include ceramic jars, plates and vases and is intended to display a number of multifaceted stories.
At heart ‘Word of Mouth’ is a simple story of names, colours and a touch of social history. Every lipstick chosen for illustration throughout the selected works is a reflection of the popularity of cosmetics over the last 75 years and in all cases, a genuine example of an actual cosmetic product and its name. Some of these have been discontinued, but many are still current and have retained their eccentric and idiosyncratic naming conventions. As a particularly whimsical and poignant choice in this Jubilee year, one is included that was made for and used by Elizabeth II, the late monarch.
The centrepiece of the collection will be the titular work; 48 ceramic tablets, each illustrating a favourite lipstick and all framed together to create a burst of colour which at first glance, resembles a stained-glass window. In the same manner, the work depicts a journey with each tablet and its individual lipstick having its roots in a collective nostalgia and open to individual interpretation.
Alongside this will be a second installation of 48 ceramic tiles, entitled ‘Needle Drop’. In a similar nod to contemporary culture, each tile will illustrate one of a personal selection of popular song titles from the last 60 years.
Intended to be viewed together, the subject matter of the two installations represents both the vacuity and triviality of western society, yet at the same time acknowledges their transitory importance.
- 1960 United Kingdom
- Chichester College Sussex – Drama and Theatre Studies (1978-1980)
- City College Brighton – Art Foundation Course (1980)
- City College Brighton – H.N.D. 3D industrial Design (1980 – 1982)
- Sussex University – Diploma of Education (1995)
Work in Public collections
- Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
- Plymouth City Art Gallery and Museum
- CoCA The Centre of Ceramic Art York
- Stapflehus Gallery Weil am Rhein Germany
- Clarke Hall; Wakefield, Yorkshire
- FUSION: ANNUAL CONFERENCE The Ontario Clay and Glass Association McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 31st May. I’ll be on the panel discussing who inspired me, where I trained, how I make my work. All the secrets of my making processes. British Potters Potting 2019
Projects – Commissions and Collaborations
- Vessel for Institute of The Ontario Clay and Glass Association
- ‘Art for the visually impaired’; Six week project working with the RNIB producing a collection of slipware with raised surface and Braille transcripts – 2005
- ‘Significant Objects’; Six week multimedia project resulting in a touring exhibition of work from refugees and prisoners – 2004
- Koestler Trust arts coordinator South East and Wormwood Scrubs – 2003 – 2005
- Artist in residence HMP FORD PRISON in conjunction with Central Saint Martins under graduates 2003 – 2005
- Castle Howard, Yorkshire London School of Needlework restoration project – 1982
TV Radio & Publication
- Listen again to ‘Life Stories’ with Ian Rutter. In his interview with Kitty Shepherd she discusses her work and her life and gives us 6 tracks which have been important and symbolic in her life. “Kitty arrived in Spain rather by accident, but the circumstances had a positive and direct effect on her work. Her upbringing might be considered unorthodox and Kitty talks candidly about her mysterious father, her maverick mother and an idyllic Sussex childhood.” – 2019
- Artist Talk Magazine 2017
- Ceramic review “Making ceramics in Spain” – 2009
- Chris Blanchett – 20th Century British Tiles: Craft and Studio Makers – 2007 and 2015
- BBC TV Artist Ways with Eric Knowles – 2001
- BBC Radio Interview, exhibition Q&A inside Pallant House exhibition – 2000
- No. 146 Studio Granada Spain- 2016 – Current
- Jose Antonio No. 7 studio, Granada, Spain – 2007 – Current
- The Mill Studio Arundel West Sussex 2002 – 2007
- Amberley Museum, Arundel, West Sussex 1990 – 2001
- Earnly Pottery, Earnly, Witterings West Sussex 1982 – 1984
- 7 Bell Yard,