Phoebe Cummings studied Three-Dimensional Crafts at the University of Brighton, before completing an MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2005. She has undertaken a number of artist residencies, in the UK, USA and Greenland, including a three-month Arts/Industry residency at the Kohler Co. factory, Wisconsin (2008) and six months as ceramics artist-in-residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2010). Cummings was the winner of the British Ceramics Biennial Award in 2011 and exhibitions have included a commission for the Museum of Arts & Design, New York and a solo show at the University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu. She was awarded the second ceramics fellowship at Camden Arts Centre 2012 and was the winner of the BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017.
Phoebe Cummings explores ceramics as a time-based medium, working at the intersection of sculpture, craft and performance to present new forms of expression that challenge traditional definitions of ceramics in the context of museums, collections and archives. Research confronts the challenges expanded forms of practice pose to museology and explore multiple methods for documenting, recording, collecting and re-performing ephemeral works in clay.