Charlotte Cain moved from her country of birth, Denmark, to the Phillipines in 1980, where had her first experience with clay. She moved to Singapore in 1989 and attended classes under Master Potter Iskandar Jalil and in 1991 she established her own studio. Charlotte works mainly on the wheel, where her minimalist bowls and hollow spheres are created, revealing her Scandinavian roots – each with an emphasis on form rather than function.
The sculptural works are made from stoneware and porcelain clay. The clay is worked to its ultimate limit, creating extremely thin walls. By leaving the edges uncut the clay creates a natural finale to the work. The wide rim of the voluminous bowls signifies a fusion of the outer and inner walls. The pieces are glazed in monochromatic hues of white, blue or black. The high temperature (1300C) reduction firing results in a hardness that produces a crisp resonance. Each piece is unique based on an element of experiment in application methods, textures, glazes and firing.
Each piece is a statement of emotion, both in form and in the way the clay is worked.
1981 – 1987 Studio Pottery under Leonardo Villaroman, Philippines.
1989 – 1991 Studio Pottery under Master Potter Iskandar Jalil, Singapore.
1991 Set-up of own studio.
1992 Clay Pieces, group exhibition, National Museum of Singapore.
Contours, solo exhibition, Art 2.
1993 Art in Asia, curated section, Singapore Art Fair.
1994 – 1995 Talks and demonstrations for Southeast Asian Ceramic Society.
1995 Rhythm and Vitality, group exhibition,
Empress Place fundraiser for Asian Women’s Welfare Association.
1997 Choice Cuts, group exhibition, Jennifer Whitman Gallery,
Lottery For Pottery, Vandusen Botanical Gardens,
1998 Lottery for Pottery, The Roundhouse, Vancouver, Canada.
Arnold Mikelson ‘Mind and Matter’ Art Festival, White Rock, Canada.
1999 Arnold Mikelson ‘Mind and Matter’ Art Festival, White Rock, Canada.
The Designer Treasury Series, group exhibition, Vancouver, Canada.
2002 UnCut, solo exhibition, Art 2, Singapore.
Ceramitivity – The Second Statement, group exhibition,
2005 – 2006 Gallery at D’apres Nous, Duxton Hill, Singapore.
2006 More Mixed Messages, group exhibition,
Fort Canning Centre, Singapore.
2009 Transitions, group exhibition, Sculpture Square, Singapore.Engaging Materials, group exhibition, Ion Gallery, Singapore.
2012 Redress, group exhibition, Ion Gallery, Singapore,
Fundraiser for Maiti Nepal.
2013 Japan Creative Centre, group exhibition, Singapore.
Jalan Bahar Clay Studios Gallery, group exhibition, Singapore.
Private and corporate collections internationally, including National Museum of Singapore and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.