The Ceramic House

J Kay Aplin – Architectural Ceramics

Welcome to The Ceramic House

Kay on Ceramic House balconyThe Ceramic House, 75 Stanmer Villas, Brighton BN1 7HN

THE CERAMIC HOUSE is the creation of architectural ceramicist Kay Aplin,  who has transformed her home into a living work of art and created a showcase of her ceramic and glass installations.

It is also a pop-up gallery. Each May, as part of Artists Open Houses during the Brighton Festival, The Ceramic House opens to the public when Kay curates exhibitions of contemporary ceramic art in the unusual domestic context of this unique house.

In 2016, a new ‘white cube’ gallery, In Camera, opened (converted from the former garage in the garden), offering a neutral space for installations and providing a space for events. See the dedicated In Camera website here.

2016 also saw the first residency programme for artists hosted by The Ceramic House. Kay has joined forces with sound artist Joseph Young to develop a new ongoing project exploring the intersection between sound art and ceramics. The first residency programme was offered to two pairs of sound and ceramic artists to collaborate on new work exhibited at Phoenix Brighton as part of Brighton Digital Festival in September 2016, curated by Aplin and Young. Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more about our residency programme. Contact Kay to find out more.

The Ceramic House sign resizedThe Ceramic House first opened in May 2011. In 2013 it was voted Best House through a public poll out of 250 Open Houses.

Llanbradach west turret top resizedKAY APLIN has a background in site-specific work predominantly for the public realm. For over 20 years, she has undertaken numerous commissions around the UK and internationally, producing a distinct range of art works that have stood the tests of weather and time.

Her work involves creating permanent installations in a wide range of media, especially ceramics, glass and mosaic. Examples of previous projects include sculptures, wall reliefs, floorscapes, water features, decorative seating and architectural features for new builds.

Kay’s work responds to the environment for which it is intended. The concept or narrative is evolved from place and recurring themes are found in observing detail and pattern within nature and architecture. Her work is tactile and sensory, and is defined by colour, texture and ambitious scale. See Kay’s personal website here.

Kay also undertakes private commissions for interiors and gardens including bespoke tiled kitchens and bathrooms, fireplaces, wall features, seating, flooring, steps and garden sculpture.

Kay Aplin Main Image CROPPEDKay’s studio is at Phoenix Brighton. Visits to The Ceramic House or studio are available by appointment to discuss ideas or inspiration for artistic applications for your domestic or commercial space.

Some visitor’s comments:

‘The best house I have ever stepped inside. More than just tiles and ceramics, a brilliant coherent gallery’

‘I’ve never seen ceramics like this before. Whole new worlds of wonder’
‘Really beautiful – and often quite subversive and unexpected breadth of work (and productivity) is both breath-taking and inspiring.’ ‘Jaw-droppingly amazing!’

‘Superb, whole house is an artwork.’
’A fabulous display that spills out of the house and takes over every crevice. Plus a lovely warm welcome. What more can you ask for?’

‘Every room has a wow factor.’

4 comments on “Welcome to The Ceramic House

  1. Brian Holland
    October 7, 2014

    Fascinating project, admirable determination and tenacity. Wonderful.

  2. Alex Kraft
    March 1, 2015

    This is wonderful! I am inspired!

  3. Alvin Tan Teck Heng
    April 21, 2015

    So creative!! Wonderful project!!

  4. This is just brilliant! I wish we were nearer to see it in the flesh.

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