cambridge contemporary crafts

Vivienne Sillar

Vivienne has been working with clay since being a student at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen from 1976 – 1980. After a break from making to allow for jobs in a variety of Art Centres, Galleries and most recently (since 2000) Chesterfield College teaching ceramics and art and design theory,  she now finds herself back with her hands in clay. She has now left teaching and is working as an artist full-time.

Vivienne lives most of the time in Chesterfield, Derbyshire although part of her time is spent on The Isle of Arran. This is where most of the inspiration comes from for her work. Since childhood, Vivienne has returned annually to the village of Kildonan, home to an amazing variety of sea life.

Speaking about her work. Vivienne says: “The fluid, streamlined shapes of creatures of the sea are a a gift for an artist  and I have been drawn to seals and sea birds and their ever changing postures since walking along the beach on Arran as a child. This is my starting point and one that continues to fascinate me.”


The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on or call us on 01223 361200 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £27 - £220



10 cm diameter

£33 each

Coasters/ Tiles

ceramic on cork backing

10 x 10 cm

£27 each

Hooked Fish

ceramic with hook and line

25 cm

£92 each

Wall Mounted Birds


13 - 21 cm

£48 each


Turning Gannet


11 x 25 cm



ceramic and wooden stand

Oyster Catcher

ceramic and wooden stand

23 x 34 cm


Jenny Wren and Speckled Sparrows


Jenny Wren: 14 cm


Speckled Sparrow: 15 cm




ceramic and wooden stand

34 x 37 cm


Large Gannet


30 x 28 cm


Jenny Wren


14 cm



Seal Pup


17 - 20 cm