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Jacqueline Poncelet

(Belgian b.1947)

Jacqueline Poncelet, a pioneering figure in ceramics and textiles, born in Liege, Belgium. Began training at Wolverhampton College of Art and the Royal College of Art in the late 1960s and early 1970s, where she delved into the intricacies of ceramic craftsmanship.

Renowned for her early work in bone China, Poncelet's artistic trajectory shifted dramatically after a transformative trip to New York City in 1978/79. Inspired by the urban landscape, she began incorporating industrial techniques, plaster, and moulds to create unique shapes, exploring artificial patterns through incised lines and coloured slips.

Returning to England in the 1980s, Poncelet found herself loosely associated with the New British Sculpture movement, though overshadowed by her male contemporaries. Despite this, her work garnered attention from major museums, with two solo exhibitions in London during the decade. In the '90s Poncelet's focused on large-scale public art commissions and teaching, leaving a lasting mark on the landscape of urban environments.

In 2009, Poncelet received a commission from Art on the Underground to create a permanent work for Edgware Road Tube station, titled "Wrapper." Additionally, she collaborated with Melin Tregwynt in Pembrokeshire to produce woven textiles for Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

Currently, Poncelet divides her time between London and the South Wales, continuing to explore the intersection of ceramics, textiles, and public art. Her work is featured in prominent public collections worldwide, including Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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AA porcelain bowl made by Jacqueline Poncelet in 1973 sold at auction by Maak



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