Please upgrade your browser

For the best experience, you should upgrade your browser. Visit our accessibility page to view a list of supported browsers along with links to download the latest version.

Helen Carr

MA work

Can you handle this?

Helen collages together her ‘modern archaeological’ finds to create humorous, but surreal and unsettling objects. Using everyday puns and phrases to instigate some of the work, she celebrates the precarious, overlooked and disregarded. Her ‘handle plants’ use the iconic ceramic object as an accent and attitude; defiant in their ‘hands-on-hips’ form, but so familiar as to become almost invisible. So too, the discarded chicken bones from the ubiquitous British fried chicken shop. Chicken bones can survive indefinitely (unless your dog eats them) and their remains provide witness to a working class history, similar to the oyster shells that were thrown into the river Thames by the Georgian and Victorian dock workers.

Helen uses flowing lead glazes inspired by the 18thcentury ceramicist Thomas Whieldon, adding a sense of anthropomorphic animation to her objects.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2017

  • Helen has lived in London for 18 years and has a 14-year-old daughter. Originally from a fine art sculpture background she taught art in inner city secondary schools for two decades and had her own studio practice before coming to study at the Royal College of Art.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Staffordshire University, 1990; PGCE Art & Design, University of Central England, 1998
  • Exhibitions

  • Associated Clay Workers Union group show, ArtsLav, London, 2015; Associated Clay Workers Union, Lambeth Open, London, 2015; RCA MA Ceramics & Glass, Christies, London, 2017