Charlotte Miller is a Bournemouth based ceramicist who creates handmade sculptures and tableware inspired by domestic animals and the peculiarities of the British. Her anthropomorphic, whimsical budgie sculptures are both endearing and nostalgic, whilst her range of quirky tableware is a tribute to the eccentric and the kitsch.
As a child, Charlotte became a keen social observer, trawling around car-boot sales with her Dad collecting curios, mid-century kitsch and seaside postcards. Amused by seeing the closeness of people and their pets, she alighted on the idea of melding the two. Thus, Brian the budgie was born out of the chance meeting of an Elvis lover and his budgerigar.
Before establishing her own pottery studio, Charlotte taught for many years as ceramics tutor on youth, community and degree courses. Through engaging with a wide demographic of students from children to the elderly, her empathy and fondness for people began to feed into her work.
Charlotte has a broad technical language in ceramics, allowing her to accurately satirise traditional homely and domestic clay idioms. This results in the fresh and witty social commentary of her aesthetically resolved art works.
Recent exhibitions include
Made with Love – Craft Centre and Design Gallery,Leeds
Guest Maker- Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
British Summertime- Ferrers Gallery,Leicestershire
Solo Exhibition- Prema Arts Centre, Gloucestershire