Kim Bagley


Clay, which is earth, is my palette. Clay can be a skin. The pleasure and possibility of manipulating this tactile material drives my making. I fire clay things, group them, (re)arrange them and break them up to think through ideas, objects, spaces and places. My ceramic vessels - pottery - and figurative forms are often musings of place and identities, hand-formed from clay and made permanent with fire. I am an artist, a ceramist, a potter from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, practicing my craft in the UK.

~ Kim Bagley, 2011

Current and forthcoming exhibitions


24 June - 18 July 2014

James Hockey Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Monday-friday 10am-5pm.

EVENING RECEPTION : Thursday 10 July, 5-7pm.

All are welcome.

The title for this solo exhibition is drawn from the title of my PhD  thesis,

Africa and the West: a contested dialogue in modern and contemporary ceramics.

It is the outcome of 3 years of practice-led research at the UCA Farnham  into representation  Africa in ceramics.  This thesis exhibition features the large installation, Extermination Tents, and pieces from the Tag series. These major works will be accompanied by the hand-built cattle herd Object/ify as well as drawings, photographs and moquettes from the making process.  

LEGACY is on at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

It is on view alongside the Juliet Armstrong Retrospective Exhibition 11 May - 17 August 2014   

Press release: ‘The ‘David Walters and Friends’ Exhibition at the William Humphreys Art Gallery, 2013 will be devoted to an appreciation of the work of Juliet Armstrong and the Ceramics Studios of UKZN, in the form of a Legacy Exhibition. This exhibition will pay particular tribute to Juliet, and also to all the lecturers and alumni of the University. I have invited ceramics graduates of UKZN as well as my ceramic artist ‘Friends’ to respond by exhibiting in this prestigious art gallery to pay tribute to the contribution to Fine Arts and to education of the Ceramics Studios at the CVA of UKZN, in part to encourage its continued existence in challenging times.’

- David Walters, Franschhoek, November 2012

Julia Meintjies has selected my piece, Tag II (For Juliet) to travel around South Africa with LEGACY.

This exhibition has traveled to:

-The  William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley, opened 24 July 2013,

  1. --The Witness Hilton Arts Festival, 13-15 September 2013,

-The Ceramics Gallery for Franschheok Art in Clay, 26 October-26 November 2013,

- The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Museum, Port Elizabeth  5 March-4 May 2014. 

From the Tatham Art Gallery it will travel to:  


Cape Town, November 2014 for the Ceramics Southern Africa National Exhibition, coinciding with the World Design Capital festivities.  


© David Summerill, 2013