Conor Wilson was born in Belfast in 1964. After BA and MA degrees in Bristol and Cardiff he collaborated with a young architect on the design and build of a studio, specialising in the production of large-scale ceramic sculpture. Public and private commissions were undertaken, but in 1997, just before the birth of his first son, a powerful dream inspired a breakthrough piece - LemonSqueezer – which initiated a series of smaller scale, highly personal works.
While Wilson’s output has always occupied the productively ambiguous space between sculpture and ceramics, recent works address ceramic histories explicitly, exploring cross-cultural fertilisation through historical and contemporary trading links. These pieces also play with perceptions of skill and failure, questioning the status of craft and the individual maker in a complex global economy.
Working at an intersection between craft, art and design, Wilson is currently exploring potentials for developing new ways of producing objects for domestic spaces offered by the combination of traditional making skills with computer-based technologies.
Wilson has worked in the ceramics field as a freelance lecturer, in both theory and practice, since 1992. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in public and private collections worldwide. He was a Jerwood Contemporary Makers prizewinner in 2010 and is currently studying for a research degree in the Ceramics and Glass Department at the Royal College of Art.