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Helen Johannessen

MA work

Textures of Time

Helen creates work that possess illusionary qualities and perceptual shift;  to question how we perceive our surroundings, the details within it and their visceral capabilities.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2017

  • My MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art has taken me into new directions of sculptural work and playful surfaces, working with abstractions of urban landscapes and horizons. As a London cyclist since 1990's I have been absorbing my surroundings on the move; masses of visual data and constant flux.             

    I have experimented with illusionary and graphical qualities in clay, the optical possibilities of 2D and 3D is a major interest to me as well as systems, mathematics, order - and lack of. The objects that emerge in my work convey movement and shifting perspectives, even blurring that occur within form, scale and surface.

    In an over stimulated world, the aim of my what I create is to silence the surroundings, disengage with time and offer a world of sensory reverie to the audience.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Ceramics & Jewellery, Middlesex University, 1995
  • Experience

  • Owner, Yoyo Ceramics, London 2003-2015; Course leader (acting), Regents University, London 2011-2015; Visiting lecturer, Regents Business School, London, 2005-2010; Visiting lecturer, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, 1999-2005; Model maker, Shepperton Film Studios, 1997-1999; Model and Mould maker, CP Ceramics, London, 1995-1997
  • Exhibitions

  • Thinking Space, Designer Block, NEC, 2011; Design Fra Nord, Oslo, 2009; Muji, Flagship store opening, Hong Kong, 2008; Craftsense, Bilston Crafts Gallery, Wolverhampton, 2007; Freedom of the Rainbow, Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex, 2006; NoN!, Galleri Trallala, Norway, 2006; By Design, Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, 2006; Spring New Formations -The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 2006; Time for Tea - Victoria Fearn Gallery, Cardiff, 2006; MADE, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, 2006; Present, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, 2005; Can I Keep the Box?, Hub, Centre for Craft, Design & Making, Lincolnshire, 2005; Gallery Relaunch, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2005; Bright Young Things, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham, 2005; Salone Satellite, with Mo Billy, Milan, 2004
  • Awards

  • Hidden Art, Best Ceramics, 2009; Homes And Gardens Design Classic Awards, Judges final shortlist, 2006; Most Promising New Business, Prevista, 2005; Crafts Council Bursary, 100% Design, 2004; Thames Gateway Innovations Fund, 2004; Best Domestic Product, Evening Standard, Chelsea Crafts Fair, 2004; Hackney Means Business Grant Award, 2003