Imogen Charleston is a ceramic artist and educator based in Christchurch, Dorset, UK.
Growing up on the Dorset coast with a very creative family, Imogen was encouraged to draw, play with clay and make music from an early age. After leaving school she gained a BTEC in Art & Design from Bournemouth & Poole College of Art (now AUB). She then went on to study electronics, and had a career as an engineer for over 10 years. While working full time, her creativity lead her to play in several bands, and she was co-founder and puppeteer with The Paper Cinema, who have toured their live animation shows internationally since 2004.
In 2007 Imogen took a ‘gap year’ and went travelling. The trip included a 9 month journey around Japan, and further 4 months in New Zealand. During this time she was self funding by work exchange placements – everything from organic orange farms to seaside guest houses. It was during this time she came to rediscover her passion for clay while staying with potter Juanita Edelmann at Seaward Pottery in Kaikura, NZ.
Imogen graduated in 2012 with a BA in Applied Art & Design, where she specialised in glass and ceramics. She began teaching in 2013 at 15 Days in Clay, founded by ceramicist Janna Edwards.
Finally finding space to set up her own studio in a converted barn, Imogen established Moon Studio Ceramics in 2016. This provided a teaching space for a variety of classes, including a mobile pop up pottery for events.
Imogen is a passionate enviromentalist, a theme that has always be present in her work, expressed through different methods. From making narrative based pieces such as Dying for Dinner – to using waste materials as in Single Measures. More recently, Imogen this has taken her to sourcing her own materials to use in her work. Local clays, rocks and plants are gathered as raw ingredients. These are used in slips and glazes in her Hand & Earth range of functional ware.
Bournemouth University: 2009 to 2012 BA (Hons) Applied Art & Design
Arts University Bournemouth: 1994 to 1996 Btech in General Art & Design
Sasha Wardell: 2019 – ceramics mould making
Linda Bloomfield: 2019 – glaze chemistry
2020: Acquired Taste Collective group exhibition at Walford Mill Crafts
2017: Organic Alchemy – group exhibition at The Gallery upstairs, Poole 2012: Graduate group show at New Designers, London
2012: BA Applied Arts Graduation show, New Designers, London
2011: BA Applied Arts Exhibition at Sharon James Artist Studio, Swanage