CV and artist statement


The multi-dimensional Linda Styles is a London born but Cornwall based potter and Painter, her off beat ceramics and ‘look twice’ paintings are instantly recognizable and continue to reflect an unusual life. Cornwall has been her home for 39 years, down by the sea. Linda’s practice relates to the exploration of the emotive and instinctual, her main purpose being to use unorthodox expressions of surface and form. Although she is outwardly immersed in colourful chaos, this freedom of expression is necessarily underpinned by considered and formal elements of design, manifesting in tangible objects that reflect and focus upon love and all that is beautiful in this World. She mainly works from memory and reflection, the majority of my time being spent in the studio environment, surrounded by chemicals, clay and kilns.

Linda is known to use a range of colours that are discordant and yet harmonic, gouged out infills purposefully underlaid with dense earth pigments and oxides, swathes of matt opaque interspersed with glassy pools of intense saturation. Colour, line and space merging background into object, object into background, suggestive, evocative and always open to interpretation.

Her mark making is best described as organic abstract, the methods she uses are relentlessly intense and complex, the studio being her devotional space, her purpose remaining constant regardless of material, method or outcome. She strives to purposefully seek out awkward but stable balance in relationship to form and surface in the ongoing hope of achieving that illusive but palpable tension of opposites that is affecting on so many levels. She also remain conscious of the fact that throughout history/prehistory pottery has carried the potential for expressive visual surface on a multitude of form, the complexity of which delves beneath transient fashion. Linda states that she can travel across decades in her minds eye, without physical restraint or too much reality creeping in, a rollercoaster trip of emotional rediscovery, specifically focused on the exterior places that hold the most potent of memories.

Many have tried to pigeonhole Linda’s work with little success; there is simply nothing like it, exciting, vibrant and not to be missed, a heady mix of quirky, haunting and emotive. Superficially naïve perhaps, and sometimes gloriously dysfunctional in the traditional sense, the viewer/handler is always invited to respond on an emotional as opposed to intellectual level.

Having taught 3D Craft Design in an orthodox setting for many years she now chooses to offer specific experiential practice guidance, notably ‘Ten days in Umbria’, in conjunction with Art Holidays Italy. Linda has exhibited at The V & A Museum, Tate St Ives, designed for Terence Conran and worked on numerous Heritage lottery and Arts Council funded public space projects. Her work is held in the V&A Ceramics archive and The Gregg Museum of Folk Art, North Carolina, USA and private collections Worldwide.

Exhibition and teaching schedule for 2015

April 2015 Invited Maker, Guild of Ten, Truro, Cornwall

June 2015 ‘Saturation Point’, (Solo show), recent paintings and ceramics, 20 June to 28th June, Rock Institute, Rock, Cornwall

‘RED (The Other Clay)’ 15 June to 9 August, Trelowarren, Cornwall

Printmakers & Ceramics Show, 11 July – 2 August, StISA, St Ives

Aug 2015 The gallery at Bevere, (Featured maker), Worcester

Feb 2016 Majlis Gallery, solo show, UAE

May 2016 10 days in Italy – Alternative practice and firing (booking being taken)

Selected exhibitions

2015 Spring show,  The Richard Hagen Gallery, Worcestershire

2014 Autumn show, The Richard Hagen Gallery, Worcestershire

2014 ‘25 Squared’ 25th Anniversary mixed show, Majlis Gallery, Dubai

2014 ‘Brilliant colour’ Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall

2014 Cornwall Ceramics Trail (St Ives Festival)

2014 ‘For the sake of love’, Solo show at Beside the Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall

2014 ‘Down by the sea’ Solo show at New Craftsman, St Ives, Cornwall

2013 ‘Fearless Colour’ Solo show at Rock, North Cornwall

2013 ‘Worldly Goods’ Majlis, Dubai

2013 Richard Hagen, Worcestershire

2012 23rd Bakers Dozen’ Round House Gallery, Derbyshire

2012 Showcase, Oriel Wrexham, Wales

2012 Cornwall: A celebration’ Bevere Gallery, Worcester

2011 Mathew Lanyon/Linda Styles. New Craftsman. St Ives

2010 Paintings and Ceramics, Majlis Gallery, Dubai

2010 Winter show, Ferrers Gallery, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire

2010 Breath of fresh air, Lander Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

2010 A mixed bunch, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2010 Spring Exhibition Richard Hagen Fine Art, Worcestershire

2010 Paintings and Ceramics, Majlis Gallery, Dubai

2010 Spring Show, Lander Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

2010 Christmas Show, Caxton Contemporary, Kent

2010 Christmas Show Gallerysca, Shrewsbury

2009 Around Britain’s Coastline, Richard Hagen, Worcestershire

2009 Autumn Exhibition, Gallerysca, Shrewsbury

2009 Darwin – Species, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2009 Beyond the Surface, Galanthus Gallery, Herefordshire

2009 Christmas Show Wetpaint Gallery, Cirencester

2009 Virtuoso, SDC Gallery, London

2009 Emma Jeffrey’s/Linda Styles, The New Craftsman, St Ives, Cornwall

2009 Spring Exhibition, Hadfield Fine Art, Cheltenham

2008 Christmas Show, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

2008 Little picture show, Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold

2008 Solo Show, New Street Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall

2008 Focus, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland

2008 Linda Styles/Trevor Price, Printmaker’s Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2008 Pet portraits, Over the Moon, St Agnes, Cornwall

2008 Christmas Show, Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall

2008 Eye-to-Eye, Object-to-Object, North.Carolina, USA

2007 Linda Styles/Paul Wadsworth, Camden Gallery, Gloustershire

2007 3 Alchemists, Hill House Gallery, Yorkshire

2007 Function? solo show, Over the Moon, St Agnes, Cornwall

2007 Miro Constellations, Falmouth Gallery, Cornwall

2006 Curated, Hidden Art, Godolphin House, Helston, Cornwall

2006 Daphne McClure, Linda Styles, Dave Symmons Newlyn Orion

2006 Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon

2006 Eleventh Annual, Chelsea Art Fair, London

2005 Linda Styles/Paul Wadsworth, Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall

2005 Selling Show, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

2005 Bristol Affordable Art Fair, Bristol

2004 9th Annual, Chelsea Art Fair, London

2004 Matisse, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2004 Patterns of Growth The Gallery at Trebah, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall

2003 Italy, Light & Dark, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London

2003 Picasso ‘Make Me Smile’, Falmouth Municipal Gallery, Cornwall

2003 Discovering Cornish Talent, Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, London

2002 Ceramica, Glasshouse Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

2002 Seventh Annual, Chelsea Art Fair, London

2002 Cornish Ceramics, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wiltshire

2001 The Beach, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire

2001 Fresh Cornish, Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

2000 Focus Rachel Kantaris, Linda Styles, Newlyn Orion, Cornwall

1996 Makers from Cornwall, 3D Gallery, Bristol

1996 ‘What’s Brewing’, Art Connoisseur gallery, London

1996 Setting Out, CPA, London

1995 Ceramic Contemporaries 2, V&A, London

1995 ‘A Sense of Place’, Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall

1994 The Melting Pot, Tate Gallery, St Ives

Self directed and curated exhibitions

2013 ‘Fearless Colour’, Rock, Cornwall

2011 ‘Otherwise it Will all be for nothing’ Penny MacBeth Gallery, Cornwall

2009 ‘Pet’ Over the Moon, St Agnes, Cornwall

2009 ‘Mark of the Hand, Trelowarren, Lizard

2008 ‘Subversive Figures’, StISA, St Ives

2007 ‘Submersive Figures’, Penzance

2007 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 2 StISA St Ives

2006 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 1, Trelowarren, Lizard

2004 ‘Burning Issues’ Trelowarren, Lizard


2009 ‘Mark of the Hand’ – CUC academic research (see links page, paper available). Lizard, Cornwall

2008 ‘Falmouth Gallery Babies project’ – 2 year public art commission Heritage lottery funded (see press page, paper available). Falmouth, Cornwall

2007 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 2’ Public art project undertaken with Lisa Stewart and Joanna Forsyth, Cornwall College, CUC academic research, European Funding, Arts Council (see links page, paper available). St Ives, Cornwall

2006 Creative Skills PD grant for Website design sponsorship

2006 ‘Spontaneous Combustion 1’ Public art project undertaken with Lisa Stewart and Joanna Forsyth, Cornwall College, CUC Academic Research (see links page, paper available). Lizard, Cornwall

2005 Creative Skills PD grant for research trip – ‘Dispelling the Myth’ London

2004 ‘Burning Issues’ CUC academic research fund (paper available), Lizard

2000 ‘A New Way of Looking at Form and Surface in ceramic’ A project undertaken with Pete Smith, Cornwall College academic research fund (paper available). Redruth, Cornwall

1998 Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Post 16).

1996-1997 ‘Low fired simulated sawdust firing’ – Research assistant to Pete Smith, Falmouth College of Art Research Award published in Ceramic Review (issue No 163).

1996 1st class BA (Hon’s) in Studio Ceramics + 1st class Dissertation award for  ‘A Deconstruction of Women’s Daily Lives’, featuring Bobby Baker performance artist and the seven virtues (Pilgrims Progress). (Copy available, UCF library) Falmouth, Cornwall

1996 ‘Setting Out’ – CPA panel selected UK graduate show, Conran range displayed at Craftsman Potters Association, London

1996 ‘What’s Brewing’? Top UK graduates selected show, Art Connoisseur Gallery

1995 Ceramic Contempories 2 – Our 3 Rubber spouted Teapots were one of 60 exhibits selected from 3.000 undergraduate/post graduate submissions, (Prototype Conran range, Styles & Ward) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1995 Society of Designer Craftsmen – Now lapsed, but a memorable interview by Kenneth Clarke at Dickensian head office. London

1993 Dartington Trust Fund – Cash award with the proviso that I would put my practice back into the community, which I believe I have done manifold. Totnes, Devon

1962 National art competition. I won the South East junior heat with a jungle painting (paint box prize presented by Tony Hart on a portable stage at Bentalls). Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

Teaching 1997 – 2015

Researcher and curator for various Arts Council, Heritage Lottery and EU funded public art projects for The Combined University of Cornwall, Matrix mentor and guest lecturer in Contemporary Crafts at UCF. H.E. Course leader in 3D Craft Design at Cornwall College.10 students/10 days, an annual event in Tuscany relating to alternative form, surface and firing techniques

2011- Ongoing UCF/CCA /Matrix mentoring roles for student placement, visiting lecturer- Contemporary Crafts, UCF, freelance creative practice facilitator, curator and researcher

05 – 09 Elected Trustee as Cornwall Crafts Education Advisory Officer

08 – 10 Associate Lecturer in Contemporary Ceramic Practice FdA

02 – 08 Programme Manager, HND 3D Craft Design – Ceramics

99 – 09 Associate Lecturer in Art and Design


2008 Falmouth Gallery Babies project, 2 year art project, Heritage lottery, Cornwall

2007 The Gregg Museum of Folk Art – Requested gift of ceramics, NC, USA

2006 Hidden Art Curated jug – 21st century interpretation of 19th Century decorative  jug for Godolphin House. Lizard, Cornwall

2006 Sand Rose Trust Tiles – 6 logo tiles for bereaved children’s cottages.
Marazion, Cornwall

2005 Redruth Hospital  – 6 tile panels for display in new mental health wards.
Redruth, Cornwall

2004 Godolphin Arms Ceramic triptych for restaurant overlooking St Michaels Mount. Marazion, Cornwall

1997 Frame Warehouse Piazza – Total redesign and refurbishment. Penryn, Cornwall

1996 Chris Neal Design Ltd ceramic mural – large-scale architectural project, relief sections 6’x 6’ based on industrial/natural landscape/seascape. Truro, Cornwall

1995 Sir Terence Conran, range of tableware. Michelin House, London

1994 Tate Gallery Undergraduate commission with Lubna Chowdhary. St Ives

Publications and press

2013 ‘Contemporary Tableware’’, (Conran breakfast range inclusion), Linda    Bloomfield. Published by Robert Hale (Jan)

2010 ‘Advanced Pottery’, (Surface image inclusion), Linda Bloomfield. Published by Robert Hale (Oct)

2009 Art – A-Z Degrees – Getting Into University, The Independent

2009 ‘Wild Mums find Art’ – Guardian Society, Heritage Lottery funded project

2009 ‘History in the Making’ Inside Cornwall, Aug, issue number 188

2008 ‘SubmersiveFigures’Artcornwall 

2008 ‘In the Studio’ Inside Cornwall, Sept 177

2008 ‘Submersive Figures’ Cornwall Culture review by Cath Wallace, August

2008 ‘Children’s tiles help build the future of Falmouth’ – Falmouth Packet, June

2006 ‘Catch this’ Daily Telegraph, May

2006 ‘On the crest of a new Arts Wave’ – The Observer, Nov

2006,‘Open Studios Cornwall’ – Daily Telegraph Travel Supplement

2004 ‘The History of Studio Pottery’ Inside Cornwall, Jan, issue number 117

2003 ‘Burning Issues’ Cornwall Today, Nov, issue number 115

2003 ‘Linda Styles Ceramics’ published for the exhibition at Tate St Ives

2000 ‘A New Way of Looking at Form and Surface’ CUC academic research fund

1998 ‘British Studio Potters’ Marks’, E. Yates-Owen and R. Fournier – ongoing

1997 ‘Bonfire Brilliance’, Low Fire Simulated Sawdust Firing’ Ceramic Review (163)

1996 ‘Hot Seat’ Cornwall Today, December

Gallery outlets

Beside the Wave

Come up and see me sometime

Cornwall Crafts Association

Falmouth Gallery

Lander Gallery   

Majlis Gallery

Market House Gallery

Oriel-Y-Felin Gallery

Richard Hagen Fine Art

St Ives Society of Artists

Stone Wall Gallery

The Bowie Gallery

The New Craftsman

Wave 7 Gallery

“Enjoying your work, it holds reverence and without twittering on it’s a chaotic comfort that needs no convincing… me likes”. Banksy 2008

I’d love to be an atom, to take a walk in that wilderness: through halls of molten colours” Cat Milne 2014

 “Linda Styles paintings and ceramics are instantly recognizable, created in a style that is uniquely her own. There is a dynamic tension between figurative and abstract elements of her work, which often contain intriguing undertones. Linda is one of the most exciting artists working in Cornwall today”

The late Brian Stewart, Director and Curator, Falmouth Art Gallery 2007

5 years ago

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