New dates for Urban Joy exhibition

After my disappointment earlier this year when my solo exhibition ‘Urban Joy’ had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus, I’m very happy to inform you that it has now been rescheduled and will take place in spring 2021.

The show will be open from Thursday 29 April until Saturday 29 May 2021. It will be open from 11 – 4pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

In other good news, my showcase at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery is on now and will be there for some time. I’m really pleased with how it’s been displayed – particularly the use of sand beneath my floating bowls – and the arrangement works well.

Urban Joy – an exhibition by Hanne Westergaard

I am delighted to announce a major exhibition of my ceramics, Urban Joy, which will be held in April 2020 across two venues – Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works and the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield.

The exhibition will show new works inspired by my environment in Sheffield and the surrounding countryside. It will also include earlier pieces to tell the story of my many years working in clay.

Pots by Hanne Westergaard for thee Urban Joy exhibition at Yorkshire Artspace Sheffield

Much of my recent works are slipcase in stoneware and porcelain, cast from plaster moulds and, while the exhibition is on, I will be demonstrating the process of mould making and slip casting each Friday from 2-4 pm in the gallery at Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works.

Works at the Persistence Works Gallery will be for sale, to be collected after the exhibition.

The exhibition takes place from 10 April – 9 May 2020.

Urban Joy exhibition 2020 Hanne Westergaard

Urban Joy – an exhibition by Hanne Westergaard

10 April – 9 May 2020

Urban Joy – an exhibition of ceramics in two Sheffield venues: Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works Gallery and Millennium Galleries, Sheffield.

Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works Gallery,
21 Brown Street,
Sheffield S1 2BS

Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am-4pm

Millennium Galleries,
Arundel Gate,
Sheffield S1 2PP

Open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
Open Sundays 11am-4pm.
Open until 8pm every Thursday.
Bank Holidays 11am -4pm.

Yorkshire Artspace- Open Studios 16th&17th November

We are having our annual Open Studios from 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 of this month.

This year it will be mostly work in progress, as I am working for my solo show in April 2020. This show will be  at the Persistence Works Gallery .

It is new ceramics I have been developing over the last two year. I shall write more about it later. I am greatly looking forward to showing my new pieces, but you must wait for the show to happen.

There will however be plenty to look at for the Open Studios and I will be selling pieces that have been shown around the country at somehow reduced prices.

I look forward to see you at one of the two days.


Art in the Garden – May to October 2019

Two examples of my recent pieces of sculpture will be on show at the ‘Art in the Garden’ exhibition this summer in the Sir Harold Hillier Garden in Hampshire, starting on 11th May 2019 and continuing until October.

I have previously had my ceramics shown in this lovely garden and it gave me great pleasure.


The pieces I will be exhibiting are inspired by the seedpods of Japanese Anemones, which I find more fascinating than the actual flowers. The seedpods start off quite firm with a nice pattern. They then open up, expand, and blow away.

To make the sculptures, I first carved the shape by hand in plaster and then made a mould from that shape, before casting clay into the plaster mould. One of the pieces is soda-wood fired and the other is fired in the gas kiln in my Sheffield studio.

Both pieces are designed to be placed outdoors and add interest to a garden environment.

Art in The Garden 2019
Sir Harold Hillier Garden,


Yorkshire Artspaces, Open Studios

17 & 18 November 11am-4PM

My studio, Studio 18 will be open and I welcome visitors to have a look at my work in progress.

I am working on pieces for my solo show in 2020. This exhibition will be centred on works I have developed taking inspiration from drain covers around Sheffield.
I shall also show new sculptural pieces inspired by nature, this will include some outdoor pieces.

There will be no more smaller garden pots as such, but at the Open Studio I will be selling of some at reduced price.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studio 2017 17-19 November

I am working on getting ready for this years Open Studio weekend.

What I will be showing is a series of cast taken from the streets of Sheffield, from the parks and a bit further away the beach.

Casts from the street is a couple of casts from manhole covers, quite old one with beautifully hand carved letters. I have made plaster moulds from the cast I have taken from the metal covers, and they are now stoneware and porcelain pieces to be exhibited.

From the parks are seed pods and bird feathers.

Bird feathers are everywhere, on the paths in the park, on the pavements in town and on the sand on the beach. All different in shape and colour, endless inspiration.

The seedpods does not strictly come from a Sheffield park, but from a large tree at the ceramic centre I went to in Hungary last summer. I started some plaster moulds there, inspired by the seedpods,P1010043P1010105.JPG and have now cast stoneware and porcelain shapes from them.

The stoneware casts from the beach shows different patterns in sand. I have made them into cushion like pieces.

It is all about looking around and enjoying what is interesting and beautiful in our environment.