Henrietta MacPhee




"Henrietta MacPhee’s ceramics play wittily between 2D and 3D, and between real and imaginary logics."

Paul Carey Kent, art critic


Henrietta MacPhee (b.1985, London) is an artist whose practise is centred in clay. Blending the visual and tangible she creates entertaining illusions and a sense of complexity that traverses the border between 2D and 3D. Through a fresh child-like perspective of the world, she portrays scenes of poetic tenderness and humour, interweaving metaphors for embracing life’s diversity of peoples and their cultures.


Her work has been selected for a number of prestigious shows in the UK including ‘Artworks’ organised by the Barbican Arts Group and presenting her work at the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth, Wales as one of four artists selected for the Emerging Makers Award in 2019.





2015 - 2017   Diploma in Ceramics, City Lit, London

2008 - 2009   Art Foundation, Camberwell College of Art, London

2004 - 2007   BA Classical Studies, Kings College London


Selected Exhibitions



The Lido Open, The Lido Stores, Margate, 1-12 Dec

ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, 11-21 Nov

Summer Exhibition, Grove Collective, London, 2 - 14 Sept

Small Pleasures, All Mouth Gallery, online auction, 1-15 Sept

Form, Highgate Contemporary Art, London, 18 July-15 Aug

Town House Open, Town House, London, 10 July -12 Sept

Ferens 2021, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 23 July - 3 Oct

Bare Necessities, Haus Gallery, London, 28 May - 3 June

Domesticity and the Feminine online exhibition curated by Joséphine-May Bailey, 22 May - 22 June

Life on Venus, curated by The Tub, The Auction Collective, 27 Jan



RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London, 6 Oct - 3 Jan

Town House Open East End, Town House, London, 12 Sep - 25 Oct

Hastings Open, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, 20 Aug -3 Jan

Out of the Blue, online exhibition, 18 June - 24 July

Choose Art-Give Light to Refugees online Charity Auction, NG Art Creative Residency, Provence

Curated for Covid, online exhibition  8 May - 8 June

MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes 15 Feb - Sept

Urban Nature, London Bridge Hotel, 29 Jan - 27 May



Form19, Whitestuff, Edinburgh 13 - 22 Dec

Objects of desire, Brixton Beneficiary, ASC Studios, London 5-19 Nov

Bananas and chalk, private residence, London, 3-6 Oct

International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, 5-7 July

Bath Society of Artists Open, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 18 May - 29 June

Was I really here? Unitled Space, Shanghai, 29 June 

RBA Rising Stars, The Royal Over-Seas League, London 26 April – 16 June

Ex Voto - SLWA, Upstairs at the Ritzy, London 3-14 April




ArtWorks Open Project Space, Barbican Art Trust, London 24 Nov - 9 Dec

Tactile Minds, House Mill Gallery, London, 18 - 23 Sept

artsdepot Open 2018, Apthorp Gallery, London, 26 July - 1 Sept

Life in the Deep Blue: Creation out of Rawness, Studio 73, London, 6 July - 2 Aug

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, 18 May - 26 Aug

RBA Rising Stars, The Framers Gallery, London, 13 - 17 March



City Lit Ceramics Diploma Show, Candid Arts, London, 5-8 July

New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, 28 June - 1 July



Artists Open House - Dulwich Festival, London, 7- 15 May



MADE, Morley Gallery, London, 16-30 April



London Potters Annual Makers Award 2021

Longlisted Jacksons Painting Prize 2020

Potclays New and Emerging Makers Award Finalist, International Ceramics Festival, July 2019

The Eaton Fund, 2018

Shortlisted for the Royal Society of British Artists Rome Scholarship, 2018

Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Visual Arts Award, 2017



L'AiR Arts Art Research Residency, Paris, France, Oct 2019

Untitled Space Artist in Residence, Shanghai, China March-April, 2018


Public Commissions

31 Pears, 105 glazed ceramic tiles, mural for Perry Hill Pub, London, March 2021


Talks & Workshops

École Jeannine Manuel, in collaboration with L'AiR Arts, Paris, France 2019

Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan 2019

Untitled Space, Shanghai, China, 2018

St Oswolds Art Studios, London, UK, 2018

Parade Mews Pottery, London, UK, 2018



Made in bed magazine, Open Call at Grove Collective by Olive Wilson 2021

Elephant Magazine Redrawing the Borders Between the Domestic and the Feminine by Madeleine Pollard 2021

L'AiR Arts Conversations with Clare Patrick and Chris Lashbrook 2020

Agitation: Objects of Desire, review by Tom Carrao 2019

Instgaram review by Paul Carey Kent 2019

Potclays Interview July 2019

Rethink Ceramic Art, CoCa Jan 2018


Selected writing

31 Pears, London Potters, Issue 204, Aug/Sept 2021

An artist talk at the ICF 2019, London Potters, Issue 193 Oct/Nov 2019

Made in China, London Potters, Issue 185 June/July 2018




Licentiate of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

London Potters


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