Simon Kidd is a Northern Irish artist who grew up in Belfast and is now based in London. He studied fine art in Belfast and Bristol before graduating with a Ceramic Design degree from Central Saint Martins in London in 2018. He spent much of his childhood in the countryside, which is a defining characteristic of his ceramics.
Symbolic of the importance and beauty of Northern Ireland and the Irish lands, as well as its history of violence and lasting legacy, Kidd’s pieces are a physical manifestation of both the geography and character of his country of birth.
Kidd works in porcelain and stoneware, producing vessels that are either hand thrown, or slip cast in limited editions. His slip casting utilises moulds of sculpted plaster before his construction of the final pieces by hand. Kidd uses both tools and materials from places that are special to him, and local to the area he’s highlighting in a particular body of work.
The artist, who won the Rosalind Stracey Ceramic Residency 2019 at Cockpit Arts, works out of his studio in South London.