Bethan Wilson studied her BA in Three-Dimensional Design at the Manchester School of Art. She now lives in Stockport and has set up her ceramics practice since 2017. She produces limited-edition ceramic vessels inspired by historical narratives about locations which are local to her family. She is intrigued by nostalgia and the impact our historical ancestry has on our lives.
Her collection ‘Coal & Clay’ commemorates potteries and the collieries of Stoke-on-Trent: her mother’s birthplace. Inspired by her personal connection to these Staffordshire industries, her slab-built stoneware vessels reference the mining lamps and bottle kilns. They are decorated with mono-printed illustrations of the industrial workers as well as stamped details and are glazed with a monochrome palette.
Bethan was a recipient of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Graduate Prize for her degree show. She rents a shared studio space in Moss Side, Manchester; and she shows her work at the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool.