Hayley Lewis

Ceramic Artist raising Awareness for the future of Elephants through Ceramics and Illustration.

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Elephant's Ivory is as precious as Gold, they need it more than we do ~ Hayleycl


I have a long held interest in the depiction of animals in art: particularly the elephant. This has led me to an awareness of their endangerment. In my work I aim to convey the role and nature of elephants through the ages with their magnificent forms, using an illustrative method of blue and white painting. I started this journey in 2011 by using porcelain for its precious, reflective and symbolic qualities to raise awareness of their vulnerability, and Juxtaposing historical and contemporary imagery in the same stylistic way in order to give the viewer an insight into this very special and endangered relationship with elephants through museology which you can find on my 'Archive' page with my past work that has influenced my current art practice.

Using the Ceramic form that triggers our memories and associations, combined with illustration and using historical imagery and current concerns I urge the public to look at the issues facing their extinction. I believe ceramics provided me the perfect surface in which to learn ways in which I can raise concerns and reveal truths that are crucial to the way in which we see the future of endangerment. Through my work I intend to highlight the plight of vulnerable elephants, expanding on various ways in which to convey their lives through illustrative techniques.

My long term goal is to make a significant contribution to vulnerable Elephants through illustration as previously I used surfaces like porcelain and glazes to develop innovative ways to bring these current issues forward. I am interested in developing forgotten traditions combined with my passion for the un-told stories of animals through illustration.

I want my work to raise awareness, its only purpose is this, and to achieve this I want to share my visions and imagination with the world.

I am currently working from my little studio at home in Barry, Wales. I do not have access to a kiln so I have started painting illustrations using high quality papers, taking inspiration from historical images found in 18th century books or articles and also from photographs.

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2019 - The Pimlico Road Series, The Odd Chair Company, London Craft Fair.

2012 - Mint 'A Spatial Surprise' London Design Festival

2012 - Mothers of Africa, Cardiff Bay

2012 - BA Graduates show, Made in Roath, Caffi Parc, Cardiff


2012 - Art in Clay, Hatfield House, England

2012 - New Designers Graduate Show, London

2012 - Unearthed, BA (hons) Ceramics Degree show, Cardiff.

2012 - Number sixteen, emerging artists from Cardiff and bath, Cardiff

2011 - Usak University, Turkey, '2nd Young Ceramicists Tile Competition'

2011 - ‘Below the surface’. ‘The Sketchbook Project’ Tour, Art House Co-op. Brooklyn Art Library, NY.

2011 - ‘The Postcard Exhibition’, Studio B, Cardiff.

2009 - Bridgend College Exhibition in Pencoed Final 2nd Year.

2009 - Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson Company. Pencoed.

2008 - Bridgend College Exhibition in Pencoed 1st Year.

2008 - National Wool museum Wales ‘Cwtch’ Project. Wales.


2011 - ‘Hitit Ceramic Incentive award’ '2nd Young Ceramicists Tile Competition', Usak University.

2011 - ‘Technical Recognition Award’, Cardiff School of Art and Design.

2010 - Bridgend College Student of the year award: Art and Design

2009 - ‘Outstanding Recognition award’ Bridgend College.

2008 - 3rd in National Wool Museum Wales ‘Cwtch’ Competition. Wales.


Feb 2018 - Private collection - African Elephant Painting, Cardiff

Aug 2018 - Private collection- African Elephant Painting, Chester

Aug 2018 - Private collection - African Elephant Painting, London

May 2011 - 2nd Young Ceramicists Tile Competition' - Porcelain tile, Uşak University, Turkey.


2019 - House & Garden 'Art Edit' May issue. Page 179.

2019 - House & Garden 'Art Edit' April issue. Page 204.

2018 - Vanity Fair "Unparalleled Design's" October Issue. Page 143.

2018 - House & Garden 'Art Edit' October issue. Page 299.

2018 - House & Garden 'Art Edit' September issue. Page 144.


2009 - 2012

BA (hons) Ceramics

Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff

Degree: 2:1

2007 - 2009

BTEC (National Diploma) Art and Design.

BTEC Award in Visual Arts.

Grades: Triple Distinctions

Bridgend College, South Wales


The Odd Chair Company Limited, London.


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