Videos

Halima Cassell Eclectica - Global Inspirations Exhibition

Halima Cassell MBE - Meet the Makers | Glyndebourne

Shape of Things

Light Catcher

This video is about Halima Cassell's Light Catcher Sculpture, featured on BBC Country File

 

Art UK: Sculptors' techniques

Halima Cassell is a sculptor who enjoys the carving process and is most famous for her intricate and beautiful ceramic pieces. We caught up with her at her studio and she talks about carving clay, her love of art and maths and how she became an artist.

 

Halima Cassell MBE - Meet the Makers | Glyndebourne

We talk to sculptor Halima Cassell MBE about her exhibition at Glyndebourne Festival 2021.

Featuring nine sculptures in materials including cast iron, marble, jesmonite, concrete and bronze, the exhibition includes four new site-specific works for the Glyndebourne gardens. 

The Benefit of Outside Support

Natural Geometry

Things of Beauty Growing Study Day: Halima Cassell & Alison Britton

This study day, which took place on Monday 18 June 2018, was organised in partnership with Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. It concluded the display of the exhibition Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery, which had been presented at both institutions. 

 

A Change of Heart - Interview with Halima Cassell

The University of Leicester's 12th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition

 

Calliope

This film shows a rotating view of the contemporary sculpture Calliope by Halima Cassell, which is a new acquisition presented by the Art Fund. The film was created by a series of still photographs of the object which were taken just after the sculpture arrived

Interview on 'Calliope'

This video shows Rebecca Bridgman, Curator of Islamic Art, interviewing artist Halima Cassell about her sculpture 'Calliope'.  The sculpture is a new acquisition presented by the Art Fund and is on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Delivery and photography of the new acquisition: Calliope

This behind the scenes video shows the arrival and photography of a new acquisition presented by the Art Fund. The contemporary sculpture, called Calliope, was made by the artist Halima Cassell. It will be on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery


  • While working, Cassell becomes deeply involved in each piece to the point where she is unaware of her surroundings even watching her work on a piece for a few minutes, it is obvious that the process commands all her attention
    – Emmanuel Cooper

  • 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)

  • Cassell’s Work Is Subliminal in its originality, having no parallel in the sculptural or crafts genres, whose borders it crosses.
    – Jean Vacher, Collections Manger, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham

  • She set very high standards for herself and was tireless in her efforts to reach them. After just three months she was able to carry out complex, compelling, delicate and dynamic work.
    – Helaine Blumenfeld OBE FRBS Dlitt

  • Working mostly with ‘naked clay’, that is without the use of glaze or slip, Cassell first carefully carves and then smoothes and burnishes to remove any blemishes, so virtually making the surface ‘ disappear’, leaving the form clean and prominent
    – Emmanuel Cooper

  • She was sketching constantly and continually sought to transpose her drawings into sculptural forms. The surface as well as the shapes emerged together in sculpture which often combined enormous complexity with simplicity and unity.
    – Helaine Blumenfeld OBE FRBS Dlitt

  • Halima’s work demonstrates incredible dedication and energy; one thing is clear, she will be among the future pathfinders and leaders.
    – Alan Grieve, Chairman, The Jerwood Foundation

  • Her main preoccupation and sculptural impulse is to penetrate beneath the skin of the form to reveal the structure within – the crystalline seed of the stone, or the skeleton-like armature she perceives within the clay. She does not carve exteriors but reveals interiors – the folded abstract inner landscapes of her singular and highly imaginative vision.
    – Andrew Lambirth, Art Critic - Spectator Magazine

  • I love this artist’s work. How she keeps her molten flowing themes through different media – stone, concrete, wood and even glass. Long to touch them. What a unique eye and hand she has. Wonderful.
    – Maureen Lepman

  • The most inspiring ceramic work I have seen in thirty years! Beautiful, mesmerising, powerful and thoughtful. Genius! Love, love, love this work.
    – Judith Ramsgate, 53 years old