Nicholas Lees


2010-2012 MPhil by project Royal College of Art
1996-1997 MA Ceramics University of Wales Institute Cardiff
1989-1992 BA(Hons) Ceramics Bristol Polytechnic
1986-1989 BA(Hons) English & History University of Kent


2017 Tresor. Basel, Switzerland. Represented by Taste Contemporary Craft.
‘Artists in Residence #2’. Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy.
‘Senses’. Walford Mill Gallery, Dorset.
‘Whiter Shade of Pale’. Hexagon Classic Design, London.
‘Form’. Snug Gallery, Yorkshire.
London Art Fair represented by Rabley Contemporary.
‘VASE; Function Reviewed’. Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
Artgeneve. Represented by Taste Contemporary Craft.
Christie’s London. With Royal College of Art Ceramics and Glass department.

2016 Naspa Talent Award Exhibition. Westerwald Keramikmuseum, Germany.
‘Ornament 2016’. Old Granada Studios, Manchester.
‘VASE; Function Reviewed’. National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.
XXIV International Biennale of Vallauris. France.
‘A la Recherche du Sublime’. Galerie du Don, France.
Artmonte-carlo. Represented by Taste Contemporary Craft.

2015 ‘Form & Frei’, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig Holstein, Germany.
ST.ART fair, Strasbourg, with Galerie du Don.
‘Many a Slip’. Marsden Woo Gallery, London.
59th Premio Faenza, International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy.
‘Ceramics of Europe’ selected artists. European Parliament, Strasbourg.
‘Nicholas Lees and Ashraf Hanna’, Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels.

2014 PAD London with Adrian Sassoon.
Ceramics of Europe. Westerwald Keramikmuseum, Germany.
‘Light Reflections’, Mint, London.
Mixed Exhibition, Marsden Woo Gallery, London.
Encounter Fine Art, Broadway House, London.

2013 Selfridges Concept Store, London.
British Ceramics Biennial Award Exhibition. Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent.
The Open West. Newark Park and Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery.
Mixed Exhibition. Marsden Woo Gallery, London.

2012 Drawing Biennial. One Church Street Gallery, Buckinghamshire.
Show 2012. Royal College of Art.
James Tower and Contemporary Ceramic Art. Gimpel Fils, London.

2011 Ceramic Art London. RCA student show.

2010 National Sculpture Award. Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.

2009 5th World Ceramics Biennale. Icheon. South Korea.
European Ceramics – 12th Westerwald Prize. Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany.

2008 10 Years On. Work from Fireworks Studio. Llantarnam Grange and touring.

2007 4th World Ceramics Biennale. Icheon, South Korea.

2004 1st European Ceramics Competition Exhibition. Amaroussion, Greece.
Westerwald Ceramic Art Competition. Westerwald Keramikmuseum Germany.

2003 53rd International Ceramic Art Competition, Faenza, Italy.

2002 Bishop Philpotts Gallery, Truro. ‘Ceramica’ festival.
Peter’s Barn Gallery, Sussex. Solo exhibition.
Ceramic Contemporaries 4. Royal College of Art. London. (Touring).

2001 Positive and Negative. Pearoom Crafts Centre, Lincolnshire.
Sculpture for St. Swithun’s Day. Red House Museum, Christchurch, Dorset.

2000 Trialog Gallery. Hohr – Grenzhausen, Germany. Exhibition accompanying symposium.

1999 The Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hants.
The Red Gallery, Portsmouth, Hants. Solo exhibition.
Peter’s Barn Gallery, Sussex.
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Herts.
Not just Pots – New Directions in Contemporary Ceramics. Hampshire County Council Museums Service. Touring Exhibition.

1998 Ceramics From Wales. Ceramics Gallery. Sydney, Australia.
Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award. Auckland, New Zealand.

1997 NewArt. Wrexham Art Centre.


2015 Cersaie Prize, 59th Faenza Biennale, Italy.
2012 Desmond Preston Award for excellence in drawing. RCA, London.
2010 National Sculpture Award. Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
2004 Award of Merit. 1st European Ceramics Competition. Greece.
2003 Third prize. 53rd International Ceramic Art Competition. Faenza, Italy.

Public Collections/ Commissions

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy.
York City Art Gallery
Royal Caribbean International
Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany.
Auckland Museum, New Zealand.


2013 onwards Visiting Lecturer, UCA Farnham.
2012 onwards Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art.
2010 onwards Visiting Lecturer, Bath Spa University.
2000 – 2010 Senior Lecturer in Ceramics, Bath Spa University.

Press – Individual Features

2016 La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mundo no 30.
2015 Neue Keramik 6/2015
2013 Ceramic Review no 264