Jitka Palmer

Jitka was born in Prague. She studied medicine and worked as an anatomist. In 1985, she moved to Britain and studied ceramics at Croydon College of Art and Design and Stone Masonry at City of Bath College. She set up her studio in London with the help of a Crafts Council grant. She currently lives and works in Bristol.

Jitka loves watching people and particularly likes capturing the movement and energy of people in various activities like work, sport and music. She uses sketchbooks, books and CDs as a valuable resource of raw material.

Jitka’s work is figurative, narrative and expressive, inspired by stories and themes. She makes clay vessels and sculptures, painted with slips, oxides and stains. Drawing and painting on a clay surface is the foundation of her work. The effect of sgraffito serves as a visual record of energy. She has exhibited in Britain, Europe and USA. Her work is in private and public collections including Musee National de Ceramique, Paris.