Helen Johannessen works with printed porcelain surfaces and one-off hand-built sculptural works and teaches ceramics at Morley.
Helen studied Ceramics & Jewellery at Middlesex University from 1991-1995, undertaking an Erasmus placement in Statens Handverk og Kunstindustiskole Oslo, Norway. She graduated from the Royal College of Art Ceramics & Glass Masters in 2017 and holds a Teaching Certificate in Higher Education.
Helen has been working in the ceramics industry since 1995, running her own brand, Yoyo Ceramics, from 2000-2015. and more recently individually made ceramics. She gained commercial success with Yoyo Ceramics in the U.K. and internationally, selling in places such as Liberty, V&A, Heals, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. As a professional model and mould maker, Helen works for clients in her Cockpit Arts Studio, Holborn.
Helen was recently awarded a scholarship by The Anglo Swedish Society to undertake a 3-month residency in Konstfack University of Art, Craft and Design, Stockholm, Sweden which she undertook from February to June in 2018. She is a finalist in the Future Lights in Ceramics competition for 2019.
Recent exhibitions include:
Bornholm European Ceramic Context Biennale, Denmark, representing the UK
Shift_Make - Curated show at Collyer Bristow Gallery
Inside. Out.- Solo show at Butiken Republiken, Mosebacke, Stockholm
Helen has taught at:
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University - Multidisciplinary 3D Design Tutor 1999-2005
Regents Business School - Creative Behaviour to Global Management Business students 2005-2012
Regents University London - Creative Industries BA (Hons) 2012-2015
Helen became a tutor at Morley in 2018. She enjoys teaching talented students from a diverse range of backgrounds and enjoys the atmosphere this brings: keen and dedicated students who have broad intentions for their creative studies.
You can view Helen’s work at www.helenjohannessen.co.uk, and by following her on Instagram: @helenjohceramics