The Henry Rothschild Memorial Ceramic Bursary is a biannual award of £5,000 to a ceramic artist resident in the UK, and entries for the 2020 round of applications were invited between February and July 2020.

Latest news, 30 November 2020

We would like to thank the seven short-listed candidates who attended the Zoom interview on 25th November: Aphra O’Connor, Chloe Monks, Elena Gileva, Mella Shaw, Helen Johannesson, Isobel Wilkinson/Jez Anderson (joint application), and Luke Fuller.

The judges are aware of how difficult it has been for makers this year, and the task of choosing just one candidate from so many high-quality applications has not been an easy one. However, we are delighted to announce that this year’s winner is Mella Shaw.

Read an outline about Mella and her project.


The award winner has two years to complete a body of work or particular project funded by the Bursary.

The Henry Rothschild Study Centre at the Shipley Art Gallery displays over 300 ceramics from the personal collection of Henry Rothschild, founder of the Primavera gallery in London.

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