biography
 
 
PAINTING/ PRINTMAKING
 

During the later Lustre Pottery years Danka resumed printmaking, producing several Limited Editions for Chelsea Art Works and Christies Contemporary Art. In 1993 for her exhibition at Gallery Tresco she radically changed her way of working and started using soft pastels to create individual pictures. The qualities of this medium: vibrancy of colour, delicate surface and blended tones enabled her to develop the strong palette for which she has become known and is so characteristic of recent work.
Originally designed to accompany the art work in the Rock summer exhibition the range of decorated Bone China has been expanded to include large and small pieces (eggcups, mugs and jugs to fish-pie dishes, large bowls and platters) The decoration is mostly blue/white, mostly fish/shellfish with some flowers, butterflies and the occasional hen.
Danka is membership secretary for the Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Group and a member of FSB.

EXHIBITIONS 2017

SOUTH WEST HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Decorated Bone China, prints and cards
Westpoint, Exeter, Devon
8th – 9th April

THE RED STORE
Paintings, Bone China and cards
Lerryn, Cornwall
With Jenni Phillips and Rosie Henstridge
12th - 18th June

ROCK INSTITUTE MIXED SHOW
Decorated Bone China, small paintings and cards
3rd July - 10th July. 10am – 6pm daily

ROCK OYSTER FESTIVAL
Decorated Bone China and cards
7th – 8th July

ANNUAL SUMMER EXHIBITION*
Fish & Flower Paintings, Prints, cards and decorated Bone China
Rock Village Institute
Rock Road, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6LQ
21st July - 28th July
Open daily 10am – 6pm

CCGG Exhibition 23rd -30th September

FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL
Decorated Bone China, Prints and cards
12th 15th October

MACMILLAN XMAS FAIR
Decorated Bone China, Prints and cards
15th -16th November

PADSTOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Bone China, Prints and cards
7th -10th December, The Quay Padstow.
See Padstow Tourist Info for times

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*indicates one woman show)

2017-2000 Rock Summer Exhibition, Rock Summer Exhibition, Cornwall*
2011,2009,1994,1986 North Cornwall Museum, Camelford*
2011-2001, New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2008, Cotehele Gallery, Saltash, Cornwall
2006-07, Domani, Exeter, Devon
2005, Lander Gallery, Truro
2003, Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, London
2003, Trebah Gardens, Falmouth, Cornwall

2002,1998,1997, Indian King Arts Centre, Camelford*
2000, Juliet Gould Gallery, Mevagissey, Cornwall*
1999, Mid Cornwall Gallery, Par, Cornwall*

1998, Chelsea Arts Fair, London
1998, Chapel Gallery, Saltram House, Plymouth*
1995-1999, Beside the Wave, Falmouth
1993, Gallery Tresco, Tresco, Isles of Scilly*
1990, Bohun Gallery, Henley
1989, 1995, Oxford Gallery, Oxford
1987, 1989, Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire*
1986, Business Art Gallery, Royal Academy, London
1980, Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, North Yorks
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PUBLIC ART/ COMMUNITY ART

 

2002 Three Sand-Blast Panels with Fibre optic Lights, New Bodmin Hospital,
Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust
1994 Decorative Fish Frieze, Swimming-pool, Wadebridge Leisure Centre for NCDC
1993 Panel in Bakers Shop, 1930’s Street, The Dover Experience Museum, Kent
1992 Complete Tiled Bathroom, Kitchen Frieze, !EUREKA! The Children’s Museum, Halifax
1992-2000 Four Tile Panels, St Kew CP School, Bodmin, Cornwall

DECORATIVE TILING

Since moving to Cornwall in 1982, Danka has worked principally with tiles. At first many kitchens and bathrooms, but latterly designing and producing panels and murals for the public and commercial sectors.

Recent Non-Domestic Commissions
1 Animal Friezes, Fine Fettle Butchers shop, River St., Truro
2 Billy & Betty Mural, Fast Food Area, Golden Coast Holiday Parc, Woolacombe, Devon
3 Fish Murals, Holmbush Fish Bar, St Austell and College Lane Fish Bar, Bodmin
4 Life-size Seaside Bathers, Jon Bouys Fish Restaurant, Newquay
5 Dolphins, Men’s Shower Area, Rock Sailing Club, North Cornwall
6 Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi, Rockley Sands Holiday Park, Poole, Dorset
7 Jacuzzi, Tropical theme, Pagham Farm Holiday Park, Bognor Regis
8 Swimming Pool, Leaping Dolphins, Dolphin Court Luxury Homes, High Wycombe

LUSTRE POTTERY 1970-1982

 
 

Established and ran Lustre Pottery, North Yorkshire with Roger Michell. Fine thrown and turned, highly decorated white-earthenware was made in the studio pottery. Later a casting unit was established to make small runs of modelled/decorated pieces, many of them teapots. Danka was responsible for the decorating and glazing. In 1974 designed the Walking Teaset which was subsequently manufactured by Carltonware, Stoke-on-Trent. This was the first of many designs produced for them over a seven year period.
Lustre Pottery featured in many articles and publications including ‘Potters on Pottery’ by Elizabeth Cameron and Philippa Lewis. ‘The British Teapot’ by Tim and Janet Street-Porter.

The Teapots feature in most collections, these are just some.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The City Art Gallery, Glasgow
Hanley Museum, Stoke-on-Trent
National Museum, Cardiff
Tea & Coffee Museum, London

 
     

TRAINING 1964-1969

   

Exeter College of Art, Foundation
Central School of Art, BA Ceramics, Central School Diploma
Chelsea College of Art, Postgraduate Printmaking


     
   
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