Dennis was born in Liverpool in 1949, attending St Helens School of Art and the Polytechnic Wolverhampton gaining a Diploma in Art & Design, Ceramics in 1971.
Dennis has lectured at St Helens school of Art,, Blackburn School of Art, Harrogate College of Arts and Technology and the University Wolverhampton and has been a guest lecturer/demonstrator for colleges and ceramics groups across the UK.
STUDIOS AND MAKING METHODS
Dennis set up studios in Lancashire and West Yorkshire before moving to Shropshire in 1991to take up a lecturing post at the University of Wolverhampton.
His early work was very much influenced by the industrial urban landscapes of East Lancashire and West Yokshire; producing one-off pieces fired to 1260 centigrade alongside raku fired pieces. His current work is more landscape influenced and fired to 1120 C, using a blended black and terracotta body overpainted with engobes and lightly brushed with transparent glaze.
More recently Dennis has been producing paintings in oil and acrylic alongside his ceramics.
Recent works have been influenced by the coastal landscapes of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cornwall.
Information is gathered working plein air before being developed further in the studio in two and three dimensions. Working in this way allows an interaction of ideas between the different media.
JUNE 3rd to JUNE 11th - North Yorkshire Open Studios (guest artist)
No 6 Gallery, King Street Workshops, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire. HG3 5LE
Dennis will be showing a collection of ceramics and paintings influenced by the North Yorkshire Landscape exhibited alongside work by Sally Farrell, Debbie Moxon, Ian Simm and Chris Phillipson.
September 9/10th - Staithes Festival of Arts and Herritage
Gallery at No 2 High Street, Staithes.
I will be showing a collection of ceramics and paintings celebrating coastal landscspes alongside Angela Verdon who will be showing ceramics in bone china.
Twenty-Twenty- Ludlow - preview Friday 1st September, exhibition open from 2nd - 28th September. This is the first show in this new gallery in Quality Square, Ludlow..
Twenty Years at Twenty -Twenty, High Street, Much Wenlock - preview 22nd September - a celebration of twenty years the gallery has been open showing work by artists who have consistently shown work since the gallery was opened in 1997.
OPEN STUDIO 2017 - at Angela Verdon's studio, 1066 London Rd, DERBY DE 24 8QA preview FRi 22nd Nov 5-00pm till 8-00pm, open Sat 23rd 10-00am till 5-00pm, Sun 11-00am till 4-00pm - FREE ENTRY all welcome refreshments served
All Stretton, Shropshire.
Dennis is in the process of relocating to All Stretton Church Stretton, Shropshire and hope to be in production in his new studio in early 2018.
CPA Members Profiles
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