Kay Aplin at her home – The Ceramic House
Picture by Jim Holden

THE CERAMIC HOUSE is the creation of architectural ceramicist Kay Aplinwho has transformed her home into a living work of art and created a permanent showcase of her ceramic installations.

It is also a pop-up gallery, a residency for artists, a unique guesthouse and a centre for ongoing research into ceramic and sound art collaborative practice. Usually each year in May, as part of Artists Open Houses during the Brighton Festival, The Ceramic House opens to the public when Kay curates international exhibitions of contemporary ceramic art in the unusual domestic context of this unique house. Further events and exhibitions take place occasionally throughout the year. The Ceramic House first opened in May 2011. In 2013 it was voted Best Artists Open House.

In 2016, a new ‘white cube’ project space, In Camera, opened, in a separate building in the garden, offering a neutral space for installations and providing a space for events. Kay has joined forces with sound artist Joseph Young to develop an ongoing collaboration exploring the intersection between sound art and ceramic practice. In Camera provides a project space and a hub for this innovative dialogue between craft and digital art, alongside an increasingly ambitious, ongoing programme involving international residencies, exhibitions, publications, film and performance events.

In 2016 the first artists-in-residence programme was hosted by The Ceramic House, heralding an exciting direction which is currently under expansion. Residencies in 2016 and 2017 have been offered to invited international artists as part of the annual project themes and the upcoming project Interbeing will host two artists from Hong Kong.

Self-directed residencies are available for sound artists and ceramic artists. Read more about our residency programme here.

Kay’s studio is at Phoenix Artspace where the studios are located for Ceramic House residencies. Visits to The Ceramic House or studio are available by appointment.

The Ceramic House, 75 Stanmer Villas, Brighton BN1 7HN