Unloading wild clay tests from gas kiln
France 2022

Lewis Bungener is a French-British artist based in London. He works primarily with clay to create sculptures and installations using hand-building, slip-casting and special effect glazing techniques. His work examines the contradictions in our human condition and our relationship with the non-human world.

After studying Mathematics, Bungener has turned to fields ranging from psychoanalysis to Buddhism to explore our place in the world. Surrounded by a society where everything is positive and consumable, he is interested in creating work that is negative and resists definition by our human minds. In so doing, Bungener seeks to question the anthropocentric views that are commonly held today. 

In a society of the mass-produced, where people have lost touch with the origins of objects and materials, Bungener sees his decision to work with clay and develop his own glazes from raw materials as a reflection of being part of nature rather than superior to it. He believes that the more closely and intimately we work with the resources we have, the more we will value and protect them. 

Group Exhibitions

(Upcoming) Rohde International Young Talent Prize, Iznang, Germany
(Upcoming) Woolwich Open, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London, UK
Ancient Landscapes, Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Exploring grief and loss through art, Willesden Gallery, London, UK
The Kiln Rooms Summer Show, The Kiln Rooms, London, UK
The Emptiness Speaks, Peckham Safehouse 2, London, UK
Fusion, Copeland Gallery, London, UK
Shape of Clay, Camberwell College of Art Gallery, London, UK
Finding Home, Tate Britain, London, UK
Crude Candy, A to B Gallery, London, UK


Certificate of Higher Education in Fine Art, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, UK
Introduction to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, UK
Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with Year Abroad, Durham University, UK
International Year Abroad, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan  

© Lewis Bungener 2023