Helen Beard

Helen Beard (British b. 1979)


2003 Apprenticeship with Studio Potter, Edmund de Waal
2001 1st class BA Design and Applied Arts: Ceramics, Edinburgh College of Art
1998 Distinction B-tec Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Liverpool Art School (LJMU)


2009 Crafted Mentee, Arts and Business and Walpole initiative sponsored by American Express

2007 Evening Standard, Homes and Property Award for Best Domestic Design

2006 UK Trade and Investment Award for Export, finalist

2005 Crafts Council Development Award

2003 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship: awarded for international study of ceramics

2002 Sidney Myer International Ceramic Awards, short-listed (Australia)

2001 Andrew Grant Bequest, awarded scholarship for post graduate studies, Edinburgh College of Art

2001 Helen A. Rose bequest for distinctive work, Edinburgh College of Art

Selected recent exhibitions

Fortnum and Mason, London
CraftKontor, Bonn Germany
Craft2eu Hamburg, Germany
Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria
SOFA New York, with Joanna Bird Pottery
Ashes and Milk, Chicago USA
Handwerk Museum, Munich Germany
Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
Origin the London Craft Fair at Somerset House, London
CAA solo focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Collect at the V&A Museum, London
CAA Covent Garden focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Paper Scissors Stone, Edinburgh City Art Centre
Crafts Council at the V & A museum, London

Twenty-nine piece dinner service, Private Collector
Arts and Business Scotland Awards
Brighton and Hove Museum
Fifty-four piece installation for City Art Centre,Edinburgh
Broughton Gallery, Scotland

Brighton and Hove Museum
Edinburgh Museums and Galleries Trust
London Southwark Council
Donna Karan, New York
Egg, London
Wigglesworth Architects, London
Betty Davies Scottish Fashion International, Edinburgh

Helen Beard’s distinctive pieces begin with drawings of quirky individuals and curious places, which she uses to illustrate her hand-thrown pots. By grouping the pots together, she likes to tell a story, creating whimsical scenes that capture the insignificant yet precious moments that make up our daily lives.
Every pot is individually thrown in Limoges porcelain on a potter’s wheel before being hand-painted. The pots are decorated using a technique that Helen developed to create an effect similar to watercolour and ink. Her freehand line drawing is transferred onto the pot using a form of relief print. Colour is painted over the drawing using different washes of ceramic stain, and finally the pots are dip-glazed and smoothed down ready for the final stage of firing. Each is unique – a work of art, but also a functional piece of domestic ware.