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Frances Priest

Frances Priest (b. 1976) is an Edinburgh-based artist and designer with a specialism in ceramics. She studied Ceramics at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1998, before completing a post-graduate diploma the following year. Priest’s work explores pattern and ornament in decorative art and design; where it is found, how it is used and the craft processes involved in its production. In her work, Priest creates intricately decorated ceramic forms, exploring and reinterpreting languages of ornament from different cultures, places and periods in history.

Priest makes work in response to people and places, using her interests as a platform from which to develop new work. This approach has led to projects in varied and sometimes unexpected settings, from a Tudor banqueting room in Sheffield, to an underpass in Cumbernauld. Priest regularly exhibits work in the UK and overseas and her work is represented in national collections including, the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


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Photo of Frances Priest taken in the grounds of Raasay House. She is leaning against a wall covered in ivy.


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