´I use the vessel as a sculptural form of expression, and the surface as a canvas for my drawings. The ceramics I make are related to an ongoing exploration of visual dynamics, kinetics and movement. Mark-making and decoration are equally as important as form. I attempt to make pieces that allude to a sense of weightlessness, in search of rhythm and balance, fundamental elements of nature´
Excerpt from Scottish Potters article, 2003
Corrie Bain was born in Northern Scotland, and brought up in Greece.
She studied classical drawing and painting in Greece, and Art History in Glasgow. In 2002 she was an exchange student at Alfred University in New York where she studied Contemporary Ceramics and Glaze Calculation Theory with Andrea Gill, John Gill, and Wayne Higby. In 2003 she graduated with an Honours Degree from Edinburgh College of Art after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Applied Arts, specialising in Ceramics. She was taught by Mick Brettle, Craig Mitchell, Sarah-Jane-Selwood, Ken Eastman, Nicolas Arroyave-Portela, Stephen Dixon, Dave Roberts and Magdalene Odundo.
She exhibited at the ´New Designers´ Exhibition in London in 2003, internationally in galleries in Scotland, England, Italy, Crete, and the Benaki Museum Gallery in Athens, Greece. She started teaching ceramics full time and ran a residential summer school in Greece from 2003-2006 and produced work for the Benaki Museum gallery in Athens. Here she experimented with a wide variety of high-firing techniques such as reduction, oxidation, salt, wood, saggar, pit, raku, smoke, and black firing, and continued to exhibit internationally. In 2007 she emigrated to South Korea to learn from local Korean ceramicists in the village of Anseong in Gyeonggi-do Province, near Icheon. She visited workshops, and attended classes with master ceramicists such as Lee Yeounhyu, Lee In Chin, Lee Kang Hyo, Yoo Kwangyul, and Han Ho Hyon. Lee In Chin inspired her to make Buncheong ware. She attended the ‘Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale’ in 2009 as a visiting artist, where she met Phil Rogers, Janet Mansfield, and John Britt. After South Korea, she travelled to North Korea, China, Japan, and Thailand to research the history of oriental ceramics. In China she travelled to Beijing, Xian, Yunnan, Yixing, and attended porcelain workshops at ´The Pottery Workshop´ in Jingdezhen in China. By recommendation of Phil Rogers and Korean ceramist Hyejeong Kim, she met and attended workshops with Ken Matzuzaki and Shoji Hamada´s grandson Tomoo Hamada in the pottery village of Mashiko in Japan. She then went on to continue researching oriental philosophy and ceramics in Bizen, and Kyoto, focusing on Raku, and the art of kintsugi. Since moving back to Europe to live in Barcelona, has continued to study ceramics with English ceramist Seth Cardew, her teacher and mentor, who sadly passed away in 2016. Since then she has taken workshops with Marcia Selsor, Jane Jermyn, Shamai Sam Gibsh, Esther Beck, Steve Hilton, Adil Writer, Robert Lawarre, Antoinette Badenhorst, and Alberto Bustos.
She now makes sculptural and semi-functional ceramics in a range of different clays including porcelain, white stoneware, and black stoneware. She is currently making socio-political works related to the Syrian refugee crisis and Brexit.
´Documenta 14´. Documenta is an exhibition of contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. The work she is exhibiting is a collaborative piece called ´Banquet Table Tales´ designed by multidisciplinary artist Antoni Miralda. It is exhibited in the Grimm Brothers Museum, shown alongside the works of political activist Ai Wei Wei. The piece is a wall installation measuring 11×4 metres, and took over a year to complete. It is made of 60 large ceramic pieces, each of which have complex sculptural interventions depicting Grimm Brothers fairy tales. It is now in the Grimm Welt Museums (Grimm Brothers Museum) Permanent Collection.
Since 2009, she has been working as a ceramics teacher, technician, and manager at ElTorn School of Ceramics in Barcelona, where she rents a private studio to make ceramics for exhibitions, art galleries, and private commissions.