Biography

Work in Public Collections

  • V&A, London
  • Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • Antony House, National Trust
  • Jerwood Foundation, 4 Sculptures
  • Leeds Museum & Art Gallery, installation of 3 sculptures
  • The Hepworth, Wakefield, installation of 2 sculptures
  • Walker Art Gallery and Museum, Liverpool
  • Touchstone Museum & Gallery
  • Higham Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria, 2 sculptures
  • Dundee Museum and Art Gallery
  • Harris Museum, Preston
  • Shipley Museum and Art Gallery, Gateshead
  • Bolton Museum
  • Gallery Oldham
  • Peter Scott Gallery Trust, Lancaster
  • Toe Gallery, Mumbai, India
  • Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, 2 sculptures
  • Knowsley Museums and Galleries

Public Art Commissions

  • 'Light Catcher’ 14'H Oak, celebrating 50 years of the AONB, Forest of Bowland
  • 4 Viking Cruise liners – 4 ceramic wall friezes on Viking, Viking Sea, Viking Sky & Viking Sun Ship
  • P&O Cruise liner Britannia – 4 large bronze sculptures
  • ‘The Flower Dome’ 4'H x 8'Dia - Rampton Hospital/Secure Unit, Art Project, Nottingham
  • ‘Flight of the Osprey' 4'H x 20'W, Fence sculpture and wall mounted freezes - Arnold Lodge, art project with A.I.M. for the new Rutland Ward, Leicester
  • Azura Cruiser P&O, 26 free standing clay sculptures and wall mounted feezes.
  •  ‘Blossom Way’ 8'H x 40'W  - ceramic wall sculpture,  Blackburn (Northgate)
  •  ‘6 gateway sculpture’  2 x (11' x 2'Sq) & 4 x (6'H x 2'Sq), brick clay - Nature Reserve Sculpture Park, Clitheroe Ribble Valley
  •  Designed ‘Paving & Fencing’ -  Barbra Castle Way, Blackburn
  •  ‘Ceramic wall tiles relief’, 4'H x 10'W  - National Wildflower Center, Liverpool

Private Commissions

Numerous private commissions for various clients, creating indoor and outdoor sculptures

Publications -referencing my work

Dreams Made Manifest - Halima Cassell ISBN 978-0-9539636-4-5
Carved Earth - Ceramic by Halima Cassell ISBN 0-9545563-4-8
‘Light Structures’, Halima Cassell at Blackwell ISBN 978-1-906043-13-1
Fondazione SEM, Halima Cassell Residency in Pietrasanta’, Italy
Araam: Breathing Space - Halima Cassell ISBN 978-0-9567755-1-1
Earth | Atmosphere Ceramic by Halima Cassell ISBN 978-0-9564845-1-2
The Pot Book by Edmund de Waal ISBN 978-0-7148-4799-3
The Workshop Guide to Ceramics by Hudson & Quinn Clay in Art International - K. Tarkasis 05/06 ISBN 1790-6458
Craft & Art of Clay (5th edition) by Laurence King Publishing ISBN-1-9781856697286

Reviews, Articles and Features

Craft Magazine Selected articles/reviews 2005-€“present
Home & Garden Feb 2015
Home & Antiques Nov 2014
Hyperseeing International Society of the Arts, Mathematics & Architecture, Summer 2014
Craft Arts International (Australia) issue 89 2013
The Lancashire of the North West May 2013
Glazed Expressions DACS Magazine issue 68 2011
Art and Architectural Journal 2009
Art and Perception 2009
Keramik Magazine Europa (Germany) issue 30 2008
Taiwan Contemporary Dec/Jan 06/07
Nukta Art (Pakistan) Vol.2 2007
International Gallerie Vol.8 No.1 2005
Ceramic Review issue 221 Jan/Feb 2005
Big Issue (North) 525 2004

Numerous radio interviews - BBC Radio Lancashire & Asian Network

Achievements, Scholarships and Residencies

2004  to Date –  Visiting lecturer Nationally and Internationally at Colleges, Universities, Museums, Galleries and at various establishments
2016 – Elected Fellow the Royal British Society of Sculpture (RBS)
2013-14 – Research grants into explorations into concrete, Knowsley Museums and Art Galleries – 6 months
2011 – Scholarship – Brian Mercer Stone Carving residency in Pietrasanta, Italy – 4 months
2011 – Elected Fellowship for the Craft Potters Association (CPA)
2010 – Elected member at the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS)
2010 – Honorary Fellow at Blackburn College
2010 – Shortlisted for the BCB Awards “one off category”
2010 – Tel Hai ceramic symposium in ceramics, Israel - 2 weeks
2009 - Residency in Pakistan - 2 months
2008 - Residency at 20-21 Visual Art Centre - 3 months
2007 - A I M art project, Rampton Secure Hospital, permanent installation - 5 months
2007 - Residency in Fuki, Japan - 11 weeks
2007 – Invited Guest World Contemporary Ceramics 4th Biennale, South Korea
2005 – Creativity Development Award 2005, East Lancashire, Winner
2005 – ART 05, North West, Finalist
2004 – Nominated & highly commended, New Designers, 1 Year on London

Funding and the Sponsors

2016-2017 LEADER grant, European Funding
2000-2012 Shaws of Darwen. Darwen, Lancashire
2003-2009 – Craft Council & Arts Council Funding
1997-2009 - Hansons (Marshalls) Brick, Accrington
2004 – Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

Education

2003 PDQ – Technology for Designer Makers, Manchester City College
2002 MA – Design, University of Central Lancashire
1997 BA (hons) – 3D Design, University of Central Lancashire
1994 BTEC National Diploma – Art and Design, Blackburn College

 


The geometry and the mathematics involved in Halima’s work have the same effect on me as listening to Bach: she manages to get the same essential harmony of shape, form and detail. Her pieces are deeply fashioned, which is unusual in ceramics
– Eric Knowles (Ceramics Expert)