Hilary LaForce makes one-off ceramic pieces inspired by both natural objects and ancient classical vessels. Hilary works in stoneware and porcelain clays, with tactile, textural surfaces. The larger pieces are coil built, others are created using a combination of techniques, including slip casting and slab building. The forms include large bowls and vases, the bowls, up to 26 inches in diameter, a range of small tea bowls, as well as more organic forms, including the ‘fragile landscape’ series where the mark of the making is integral within the piece.

Hilary’s pots explore the volatile mixture of crystalline glazes and eroded volcanic surfaces. Glazes are applied in multiple layers until both desired and unexpected effects are achieved. The palette of pearly white and soft grey glazes used is evocative of granite cliffs, rugged eroded seashores and swirling seas. As well as jewel like turquoise, rich blues and greens inspired by lagoons, as well as autumnal burnt ochre and tobacco. 

Turquoise bowl

Education and Experience-

1976 – 78                   Ipswich School of Art, Suffolk; Fine Arts Foundation Course.

1978 – 81                   West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham B.A. (Hons.) Ceramics.

1982 – present          Practising ceramic artist

2000 – present          Pottery and sculpure teacher Hilary LaForce studio courses

1990/91/93                Demonstrator at Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxon.

1993                           Awarded West Midlands Arts visual Arts Bursary.

1988/90/92                 Exhibited at Chelsea Craft Fair, London.

Selected Exhibitions:

2018                            Summer Exhibition Amanda Aldous Fine Art, Hampshire

2018                            Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham (Little Buckland Gallery)

2018                            Broadway Arts Festival biannual exhibition


2017                            The Affordable Art Fair, London (Broadway Modern)

2017                            The Manchester Art Fair (Art World Gallery)

2017                            Edinburgh Art Fair (Art World Gallery)

2017                            Summer & Autumn Exhibitions Amanda Aldous Fine Art

2017                             ‘Chroma’ & ‘Glimmer’ exhibitions Little Buckland Gallery

2016                             Chelsea Art Fair, London (Art World Gallery)

2016                              Solo exhibition The Albany Gallery, Cardiff

2015                              Manchester & Edinburgh Art Fairs (Art World Gallery)

2013 & 2011                Solo exhibition The Albany Gallery, Cardiff

2013                              The Affordable Art Fair, London (Broadway Modern)

2010 & 2011                Art in Clay, Hatfield

2006 -2012                  Biannual Idlicote Art Exhibition, Warwickshire

2011 – 2015                 The Art Barn, Preston Bagot, Warwickshire annual solo exhibition

2007/2008                   The Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire.

1998/96/94/92             Solo Exhibition:The Orangery , Holland Park,London.

1996/95/93                  Courcoux & Courcoux Contemporary Arts.

1994                             Solo exhibition; The New Ashgate Gallery,Farnham.

1993                             Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London.

1990                             Solo exhibitions: Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex;

1990                                                            Montpellier Gallery, Cheltenham;

1990                                                            Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester;

1990                                                            Cecilia Colman Gallery, London;

1990                                                            Galerie Gilde, Guimares, Portugal.

1989                            Solo exhibitions:   Koto Arts, Hong Kong Arts Centre;

1989                                                              Beaux Arts, Bath.

1988/ 1991                                                   Barbican Centre, London.