Fiona Bates was born in Australia and grew up on the south coast of Britain moving to London to study ceramics at Central, St. Martin’s School of Art and Design. She then completed an MA at UWE Bristol in Making and Archiving.
Fiona has been working with clay for over 25 years and has been recognised for her unique and unusual designs. Currently she works in her studio in Ilfracombe, North Devon, where the working harbour, the history of smuggling and dramatic coastline has an increasing influence on her work. Some pieces begin with found objects and the questions that they throw up.
Each of her unique pieces is hand built using pure white earthenware or porcelain clays. Pieces are finished in a range of dry glazes, slips and sumptuous gloss glazes. Fiona’s work ranges in size and complexity and includes a variety of species of fish, boats, wedding shoes, tins of sardines and enormous fish heads.
Her work has been featured in Design Magazine, Votre Maison, The Sunday Times and Homes and Gardens. She has exhibited in many galleries including the V&A and Crafts Council Gallery London.