Laura Carlin: Ceramics

The first UK exhibition of Laura Carlin's work

When, Where

The third in our series of illustrator commissions is the first UK public exhibition of the work of acclaimed illustrator and ceramicist Laura Carlin.

This exhibition explores the narrative possibilities of ceramics, with Carlin detailing the journey from her first drawing to realising an idea in clay.

It consists of five large-scale installations exploring the illustrative possibilities of archetypal ceramic forms such as the vessel, the tile, the object, the plate, including a floor-to-ceiling 650-tile mural exploring the history of London.

Ceramics have been used as storytelling vehicles for generations, notably by the ancient Greeks, who developed a distinctive artistic style to show military, religious and sporting themes, as well as mythical stories. Laura’s work explores the ideas of ephemerality and intransience, and demonstrates the possibilities of this medium as an illustrative tool today, inviting people to engage with and challenge their own views of what constitutes illustration. 

Voted one of the 50 most influential creatives under 30 by the Art Director’s Club of America, Laura Carlin has illustrated many children's books and a weekly column in the Financial Times as well as being a regular contributor to Condé Nast Traveller, The New York Times, The Guardian and The New Statesman. In 2010 she won a V&A Award for her illustrations of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Adult ticket with gift aid£8.25 £8.25
Concession ticket with gift aid£5.50 £5.50
Child ticket with gift aid£4.40 £4.40
Family ticket with gift aid£19.80 £19.80
Adult ticket£7.50 £7.50
Concession ticket£5.00 £5.00
Child ticket£4.00 £4.00
Family ticket£18.00 £18.00

Ticket information:

Your ticket covers admission to all current House of Illustration exhibitions that are open on the day of your visit. Please make sure you have checked our What's On page for full details. House of Illustration is open 10:00-18:00 Tuesdays through Sundays. Final admission is at 17:30.

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Child: aged 5-18. Under 5s go free (up to four per parent or guardian)

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