cambridge contemporary art

Eleanor Bartleman

Eleanor Bartleman was born brought up in the southwest of Scotland. She studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1974-78 and completed postgraduate studies in ceramics in 1979. She has been working as a ceramic artist since 1980.

Her work was originally based on the ancient stories of Reynard the Fox, but since then many sources have been taken up and developed – myths and legends, medieval art, the Bible, the writings of Gerald of Wales, medieval manuscripts etc. These ideas are taken as a starting point and are developed to make them part of the artist’s own mythology.

The pieces are modelled from porcelain, which is stained in various colours. They are decorated with incised patterns and painted with underglaze colours. The pieces are then fired to 1160°C. Transparent glaze is then painted onto details and the work is fired again to 1040°C. After this, lustres and metals are applied before the work is fired again to 750°C.

Eleanor has worked in many workshops around the country but is now based in North Devon. 

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 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £154 - £395.

Brocade Dog


Lion Treasure Box


Cat Treasure Box


Owl with Bell


Dancing Squirrels