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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

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Display artist/maker:

Sheila Fournier

Born: 1930, UK, England, North Yorkshire, Filey   Died: 2000

Ceramicist. Fournier trained as a teacher at Goldsmiths College (1949-50). She married Robert Fournier (1961) from whom she initially learned ceramics. They worked together producing repetition tableware in London, Kent and eventually at Lacock (1971-87) but Sheila also produced individual pieces mainly in oxidised stoneware and porcelain.

Jointly they made a number of films with John Anderson, including ‘Creatures in Clay’, ‘David Leach’, and ‘Raku, English Style’. They completed several literary ventures and issued slides on pottery, both modern and ancient. Sheila is known for her more delicate porcelain pieces with shapes and decorative motifs reminiscent of Art Nouveau. There are also handbuilt sonteware bowls suggesting an organic origin with layered, petal-like forms.

Sheila retired from potting in 1987 but continued to write in conjunction with Robert. They set up the archive of the Craft Potters Association, which formed the basis of the Ceramic Archive at Aberystwyth.

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

[Bowl] C869 Ceramics

[Bowl] C886 Ceramics

[Bowl] C904 Ceramics

[Vase] C891 Ceramics