About Me

I studied ceramics at Camberwell School of Art under Colin Pearson, Janice Tchalenko and Ian Godfrey. My first studio was at the Barbican Arts Group in London, where I made thrown porcelain pots, some glazed and others burnished and sawdust fired. Inspired by travel in Peru and India, in 1981 I changed direction and started making large hand-built garden ornaments and planters. This gradually led me to looking at sculpture. I am now principally making sculpture, both portraits from life and small figures and busts of historical characters.

Biographical Notes




1974 Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts Dip.A.D. Ceramics
1965 Nottingham University B.Sc.

Crafts Council Listing

Index of Selected Makers


Fellow, Craft Potters Association


1994 Grant, Yorkshire & Humberside Arts
1990 Grant, Yorkshire Arts
1988 Individual Artist Award, Greater London Arts
1981 Award, West Midlands Arts
1980 Award, West Midlands Arts


Ceramics For Gardens & Landscape A & C Black Feb 2000
Sawdust Firing, B. T. Batsford 1994
Occasional articles and reviews for Ceramic Review magazine.
Sculpting Basics A & C Black 2005.

Selected Bibliography

Malcolm Hillier, Container Gardening, Dorling Kindersley 1991
Peter Cosentino, Creative Pottery, The Paul Press 1985
Peter Lane, Studio Ceramics, Collins 1983

Recent Events

2019 Open Up Sheffield
2018 Open Up Sheffield, annual open studio event since 2001
2015 Ceramic Art York
2008 Earth & Fire at Rufford
2006 Potfest Peak in Bakewell
2006 Clayart, Llanrhaedr Hall, Wales
2005 Potfest Peak in Bakewell
2004 Art in Clay
2002 Urban Gardens at Olympia
2002 Clayart at Llanrheadr Hall, Wales
2002 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
2001 RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park
2001 CPA Autumn Fair, Oxford
2000 Earth & Fire, Rufford (also 1999, 1996, 1994, 1992)
1999 Tierra Reposada International Ceramics, Córdoba, Spain

Recent Exhibitions

2019 Gallery 6, Newark, with Northern Potters Association
2019 Open All Media, RBSA, Birmingham
2018 Candidates Exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham
2017 Portrait Prize Exhibtion, RBSA, Birmingham
2015 Face to Face Solo Exhibition, Cupola Gallery Sheffield
2013 The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden
2013 'Face 2013' Society of Portrait Sculptors Annual Exhibition, London
2013 'Ceramics Now', Bevere Gallery
2013 Heartbeat Gallery, Sheffield
2012 Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2012 Art for Youth, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
2011 Transformations in Clay. NPA Exhibition in Sheffield Cathedral
2011 Sculpture and Plants, Hall Farm, Harpswell, Lincs
2011 Out of The Earth II. NENPA Exhibition, Crook Hall Gardens, Durham
2011 Spring Exhibition, Willow Gallery, Oswestry
2010 Inside & Out Exhibition Rufford Craft Centre, Notts
2010 Rarefind Exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2010 Figures of Inspiration Exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2009 Autumn and Christmas Exhibitions at Harding House Gallery, Lincoln
2008 Northern Potters at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, Lancs
2007 The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden
2007 The CPA at Fifty at the Gallery at Bevere
2007 Northern Potters at the Lund Gallery, Easingwold, N. Yorks
2007 Northern Fire 2 at the Oxo Gallery, London
2006 The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hants
2006 North by North Wales at Rufford Craft Centre
2005 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden
2005 Northern Fire, Oxo Gallery, London
2004 Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
2004 Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold
2004 Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
2003 Booth House Gallery, Holmfirth
2002 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2002 The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hants
2002 Maureen Michaelson Gallery, London
2002 Garden Exhibition, The Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold, Leics
2002 Garden Ceramics Showcase, Rufford Ceramics Centre, Notts
2001 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2001 The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hants
2001 Maureen Michaelson Gallery, London
2000 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2000 The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hants
2000 Maureen Michaelson Gallery, London
1999 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1999 The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hants
1998 Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hants
1998 Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hants
1997 The Scottish Gallery at Greywalls
1997 The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hants
1997 ‘The Garden’ at the Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Notts
1996 The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hants
1996 Contemporary Ceramics ‘In The Window’ (Solo)
1996 Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria
1996 Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hants
1996 Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hants
1995 The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hants
1995 Rufford Craft Centre ‘Interiors’
1995 Harlequin Gallery, London (Solo)
1995 ‘Figures in Clay’, Crafts Council Shop
1994 The Scottish Gallery at Greywalls
1994 Rufford Craft Centre ‘Parks and Gardens’
1994 Jewell & Roberts, Holmfirth
1993 Czech and Slovak Centre, Leeds
1992 The Gallery Upstairs, Solihull
1992 Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold
1992 Alfresco, Northern Arts Exhibition, Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
1991 The Scottish Gallery at Greywalls, Edinburgh
1991 The Fiery Beacon Gallery, Painswick
1991 Rufford Craft Centre, Notts
1991 Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
1990 Stafford Art Gallery 1990 Laurimore Gallery, Boxford
1990 Galerie Dagmar, London
1990 Craftsmen Potters Association
1990 Bettles Gallery, Ringwood


2015 Portrait of Lavinia, private commission
2015 Figure of Joan Sutherland, opera singer (via Maureen Michaelson Gallery)
2015 Figure of Elizabeth I (via Maureen Michaelson Gallery)
2013 Figure of Elizabeth I (via Cupola Gallery)
2013 Portrait of the actress Katerina Fugati (private commission)
2005 Sculpture for Sheffield Museums and Galleries
2001 Various private commissions
2000 Various private commissions
1998 The Crafts Council Chelsea Prize Winner
1991 Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
1982 George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton

Public Collections

Buckinghamshire County Museum
City of Stoke-on-Trent Museum
State Cultural Museum Taiwan
Leeds Schools Loans Service
Paisley Museum
Oxfordshire County Museum
City of Glasgow Museum
Bedfordshire Education Authority
Townley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley

Karin Hessenberg has taught at the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield and at Sheffield Hallam University. She has also taught regularly at Art colleges around Britain including City College Manchester, the University of Central Lancashire, Leeds College of Art & Design, Bradford College, Harrogate College and Medway College of Design (now Kent Institute). She was also an External Examiner for BTEC National and Higher National Diplomas in Art & Design from 2002-12.

Last updated: 29th July 2020

News & Events

ROYAL BIRMINGHAM SOCIETY OF ARTISTS. Solo Show in the 3D Space in Ground Floor Gallery.

Scheduled for 17 August to 26 September 2020, but may be postponed due to COVID-19. Intended for inclusion in the show are several wall pieces, the Faces, Ravaged by Time. All are approximately life size (25 cms high) and can be displayed indoors or outside.

Society of Portrait Sculptors

My portrait of David was shown at the Society of Portrait Sculptors Annual exhibition in June 2019

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

I was accepted as Associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) in 2018.

Contact Information

Karin Hessenberg
72 Broomgrove Road
S10 2NA

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