Claudia Rankin (Born 1964)Claudia Rankin was born and grew up in London where she spent many afternoons as a child exploring the textile and ceramic collections within the Victoria & Albert Museum. Following a Foundation year at Wimbledon School of Art, Claudia studied Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art (1984-1987), completing an MA in Sculpture at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1987-1989). Initially she made delightful two dimensional pictorial collages but it was when she had a try in the ceramics studio that she found her natural medium. Claudia's work displays an enduring love of colour, motif, pattern and historical narratives together with a natural wit that infuses each piece.
Her work has been shown in New York, Amsterdam and London where she is represented by Wilson Stephens & Jones.
"Only the heartless would be able to resist Rankin's pottery. Brightly coloured and a bit wonky, her creations remind me of the best efforts of a gifted yet slightly disturbed child, adorned as they are with a menagerie of animal characters simultaneously innocent and knowing."
Hugo Guinness, New York Times T Magazine