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Monique Robben and Andy Sheppard

Born: 1956

Hometown: Mid Cornwall

Based in: Mid Cornwall

Andy Sheppard and Monique Robben are a couple and living in Mid Cornwall. Monique is a painter and they work together creating raku ceramics/ sculptures as well as bronzes. Selling internationally and working with Raku and post firing techniques.

Andy was born in West Wales.
He did a three year apprenticeship in Pembroke as a production potter, 1981 , and moved on to do glaze chemistry and clay technology at Carmarthen Art School Jobswellroad. At this point Andy discovered his interest in Raku Ceramics.
He soon became known for the precicion of his thrown work and combined the precise classsical shapes of his thrown work with the randomness and spontaneity of the glazed effect wich is inherent in the process of Raku firing. In 1990 he opened his own gallery.

Monique Robben was born in The Hague, the Netherlands. Graduated in Textiles and Fashion at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 1984.
Working for the council of The Hague making paintings for their educational exhibitions, giving painting lessons for more then 20 years, she now paints full time.
She is passionate about painting, specifically seascapes and clouds. Over the years she developed a semi abstract style. Using the palette knife often to achieve a mix between tranquility and a textured image.
Since she moved to the UK and became a couple with Andy Sheppard, next to painting, she started to work with Andy making ceramic sculptures in raku firing techniques.


Monique Robben and Andy Sheppard In The Studio

Images from our Raku studio showing the process of Raku firing. As well creating ceramics, handbuild and wheel thrown. In the Raku process the ceramic is fired to 1050C, then pulled from the kiln and then placed in a container with combustible materials for the post-firing techniques. The size of the objects can range from full-sized torso's to 20cm bottlenecks and bowl's.

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More About Monique Robben and Andy Sheppard

Question IconWhat inspires you?

As a painter Monique get's her inspiration from looking at nature, specifically the coastline. Her recent works have become influenced by working with the Raku process. Andy get's his inspiration from precision and preciseness within his thrown work, and the balance of becoming a participator within the Raku process, the principal of chance.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

Opening our eyes to what surrounds us.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Spontaneity, going with the flow and preceisness.

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Dave Roberts, raku potter, Mick Morgan, lectorer from Camarthen Artschool Wales and Paul Roche where Andy did his 3 year apprenticeship in 1981. Monique is influenced by James Whistler, Monet 's paintings and sculptures and Howard Hodgkin.

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

The most important tool for creating our ceramics work is a good pair of heat resistant gloves.

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Work hard to achieve your goals and don't give up.

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

Walking amongst nature like ancient woodlands and the coastline.

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Royal Academy of Art in The Hague

Netherlands, 1984

Carmarthen School of Art

United Kingdom, 1984


Residency Michael Wood Fine Art Gallery

United Kingdom, 2019

Whitegold China Clay Festival

United Kingdom, 2019

Residency Afternoon Gallery St.Austell

United Kingdom, 2019

Residency 9 Gallery, Fowey

United Kingdom, 2019

residency in Square Gallery

United Kingdom, 2019

Group Show Paper Pairs

Germany, 2018

Scheveningse Salon

Netherlands, 2017

Groupshow Kunst Op Scheveningen

Netherlands, 2016

Art of the Month

Netherlands, 2015


Netherlands, 2015

Zuiderstrand Theater

Netherlands, 2014

Fontanne Fine Arts Centre - West Wales

United Kingdom, 2009

Llantrisant Art Centre, Wales

United Kingdom, 2009

Residency Old Custom House - Cardigan

United Kingdom, 2009

Residency Iona House - Oxfordshire and Windsor

United Kingdom, 2004

Residency Art Frame Gallery - Plymouth and Tavistock

United Kingdom, 2004

Residency Dick the Dog Gallery - Penzance

United Kingdom, 2003

Residency Great Atlantic Gallery Falmouth

United Kingdom, 2003

Residency Over the Moon Gallery - St.Agnes

United Kingdom, 2002

Residency Glass House Gallery - St.Ives

United Kingdom, 2002

Residency Lemon Street Gallery - Truro

United Kingdom, 2001

Residency Chase Art Gallery - Wadebridge

United Kingdom, 2001

Residency High Tide Trading Gallery - Mevagissey,

United Kingdom, 2001

Residency Bristol Guild - Bristol

United Kingdom, 1999

Private Collector Gallery - Brandon, Cork

United Kingdom, 1999

Residency Quinlands Macroom - Cork, Ireland

Ireland, 1998

Residency Cat and Moon - Sligo

Ireland, 1998

Residency Maclaren Gallery - Ayreshire

Scotland, 1998

Residency The Laverte Quay - Cork City

Ireland, 1998

Residency Crafts Council - Dublin

Ireland, 1997

Residency Kean on Ceramics - Cork

Ireland, 1997

Residency Leap Gallery - West Cork

Ireland, 1997

Design Concourse - Galway

Ireland, 1997

Residency Baladyhob Gallery - West Cork

Ireland, 1997

Residency Quinlands Gallery - Cork City

Ireland, 1997

Residency Witchcraft - Dublin

Ireland, 1997

Residency Phoenix Ceramics - Lianboidy

United Kingdom, 1996

Residency Waterfront Gallery - Milford Haven

United Kingdom, 1995


Work featured as gifts on the Late Late Show RTE, Ireland


Irish Times Interior Magazine