Hayley Potter



Hayley Potter MA (RCA)

Hayley Potter is a British Artist & Writer working and living on the beautiful South West Coast of England.  She trained at the Royal College of Art, Norwich School of Art & Design, the Kent Institute of Art & Design and the Imperial College, London.  Her work has been exhibited, commissioned and collected internationally. Collections include the Victoria & Albert Museum and  The Feminist Library, London.  Clients include The Poetry Society, Notre Dame Magazine (USA), Idea Coutore (USA), Amelia’s Magazine, and Intellect Books.  Hayley has delivered lectures about her work across the UK and in S.Korea and Japan. If you would like to see a portfolio, work together, enquire about a commission, exhibition or wholesale then please send a message via the contact page.

Artist's Statement

My work is informed and inspired by the wild, folklore, the magic of the everyday and the stories that give us a unique sense of ownership over the land and spaces we visit.  My most recent self initiated work explores how image making, writing and ceramics can cohabit to communicate narratives and ideas about women in nature, and the folklore of plants and animals as they relate to symbols of self-realisation and transformation.

“… there remain a few key threads that continue to characterise Hayley’s style: warmth is one of them – there’s a joy to all of her work – and also a kind of openness to the unusual: “the magic of the everyday,” in her words. What strikes me too is her affinity with creatures (animal, mythical) and sensitive attunement to the individual personalities of these creature-subjects. There is rarely anything generic; each animal is its own entity, with its own history and hopes.”
Tom Jeffreys, Writer, Editor & Curator

“We were delighted with Hayley’s elegant, lyrical image for the cover of Poetry Review. It’s been a pleasure working with her.”
M. Sims, Publishing Manager, The Poetry Society

"Hayley's approach is fresh and playful with an intellectual depth that captures the spirit of the story."
K. Prugh, Editor, Notre Dame Magazine

“I found your ideas very inspiring”
Professor Dame Marina Warner