Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Patricia Volk, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors, was recently made an RWA academician, confirming her position as an outstanding visual artist working in painted fired clay; a term she much prefers to “ceramics”.
Now, her sculptures – strikingly colourful forms – grace the collections of Swindon Art Gallery and Museum, author Anthony Horowitz, former BAFTA chairman Simon Relph CBE, Lord Carrington and the television presenter Mary Portas. She was Regional Winner of the ING “Discerning Eye” prize in 2007, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Brian Mercer Residency, and has exhibited nationally and internationally.
She is proud to be included in 50 Women Sculptors, the first book to give an overview of women sculptors from 1880 to today, which explores the work of “extraordinary women artists who have forged a name for themselves in a male arena, as well as breaking rules, pushing boundaries and inspiring us with their visionary creations”.
Patricia Volk was commissioned by ITV in 2019 as part of the prestigious ‘ITV Creates’ initiative, making her sculpture visible on screen to millions of television viewers, and in 2017 she was invited by the Trustees of the Designer Crafts Foundation to go to Israel as one of their guest sculptors, speaking at the symposium in Tel Hai, lecturing both in Jerusalem at the Israel Museum and at the Benyamini Ceramics Centre in Tel Aviv.