View Nexus at Kirkcaldy Galleries until 10th June. Curated by Dr. Elizabeth Goring in Collaboration with Fife Contemporary and Ruthin Craft Centre
'This exhibition looks at some of the ways in which 21st-century artists and makers are changing preconceptions about their art forms.'
'The exhibitors in Nexus are linked by great technical skill, a capacity for free-thinking and confidence in their ideas. However, each has found their own way of extending the boundaries of their art form.'
Is it Useful? at Unit Twelve Gallery (26th April- 1st September 2018)
This exhibition has been co curated by Charlie Birtles and will showcase a collection of beautifully handcrafted, intellectually conceptual objects. This exhibition playfully reconsiders the objects of our day to day domestic life; each object feels familiar, yet provides a challenge to interpret. Artists confirmed for this exhibition are: Victoria Scholes, Tara Squibb, Anne Gibbs, Richard McVetis, Zoe Robertson, Elaine Bolt and Annemarie O’Sullivan - 'Making ground' collaboration, Rosie Deegan, Bethany Stafford, Ellie Birkhead, Katy Gilliam Hull, Kate Haywood and Fran Buxton
Ambiguous Implements opens at Contemporary Forward @ Touchstones
21st April - 30th June
Bringing together 18 practitioners from the fields of design, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork and sculpture Ambiguous Implements presents a collection of contemporary works that playfully reconsider the familiar objects of our day-to-day domestic life.
Re-thinking the tools we use for eating, grooming, cooking and cleaning, the exhibiting artists have employed and subverted traditional craft techniques, reframed existing tools in new sculptural assemblages, or given seemingly banal objects new functions and effects.
Featured artists: Rob Anderson, Aimee Bollu, Caroline Broadhead, David Clarke, Nuala Clooney, Rachael Colley, Rosie Deegan, Kate Farley, Daniel Fogarty, Joe Hartley, Kate Haywood, Jasleen Kaur, Julie Mellor, Maria Militsi, Rebecca Ounstead, Matt Rowe, Jonathan Trayte and Abbie Williams each present new and existing works. Ambiguous Implements is a touring exhibition curated by Laura Mansfield in collaboration with Rachael Colley and Nuala Clooney.
Nexus: Meetings at the edge opens at the Kirkcaldy Galleries on Saturday 31 March and runs until Sunday 10 June before touring to Ruthin Craft Centre.
I'll be showing a range of works and processes, including: ceramics, textiles, glass, wood and photography.
'This exhibition looks at some of the ways in which 21st-century artists and makers are changing preconceptions about their art forms'.
Jewellery, silversmithing, textiles and ceramics all have long histories and deep-rooted traditions behind them. Today their familiar, often restricting, boundaries are being expanded by makers taking leaps of imagination and devising fresh approaches to the way they work.
The exhibitors in Nexus are linked by great technical skill, a capacity for free-thinking and confidence in their ideas. However, each has found their own way of extending the boundaries of their art form.
Nexus celebrates the unexpected. None of the work in this exhibition may be quite what it seems…'
Curated by Dr Elizabeth Goring in collaboration with Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales.'
Jewellery: Wearable Glass opens at Studio Fusion Gallery 3rd March - 26th May, the last venue for this touring exhibition. Join us for the Private View on 7th March 6-8pm
The show 'aims to re-introduce audiences and artists to the amazing potential of glass as a wearable material.'
Work shown was made in collaboration with James Maskery at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
New year, new work. I'm delighted to have been selected to take part in the second series of The Language of Clay. I'll be developing new forms over the year and will showcase them at my opening show in Ruthin Craft Centre, February 2019.
'The Language of Clay is an ongoing project that celebrates the diversity of accomplished ceramic practice. It presents new bodies of work by selected contemporary ceramic artists with studio practices in Wales. '
'The project comprises touring solo exhibitions. These are accompanied by interpretation material, publications, a handling collection and participatory programmes. Through project activity, we hope to reveal the delights of clay and the enormous significance of ceramics in our lives. '
'The three artists whose work we’ll enjoy in this series, Justine Allison, Ingrid Murphy and Kate Haywood, are specialists in ceramic practice. For each of them, clay is the primary material, one that they know fundamentally well and each work with in inimitable ways.'
'Balanced between functional and sculptural, Justine’s practice brings us precious porcelain vessels that capture the light. Ingrid has fun pushing the boundaries of technology in her work. Integrating ever-advancing technological resources into her ceramic forms, Ingrid uses familiar items to uncover histories and narratives. Kate creates meticulous sculptural forms. Her conceptual practice is research driven and methodical. Combined with an elegant aesthetic, the precision of her process makes her work poetic.'
Ceri Jones - Curator
Join me for the opening of my exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery on 22nd February 6-8pm (23rd February - 17th October).
I'll be showcasing a newly commissioned piece, alongside 30 selected works, created over a five years period.
'Since graduating just four years ago, Kate Haywood has emerged as one of the UK's most distinctive and imaginative new ceramicists, showing at leading venues in the UK and abroad. She makes intriguing, surreal sculptures in finely modelled porcelain with colourful textiles, glass and metallic elements. Frequently inspired by found objects from long ago and far away, Haywood's works are designed to engage our imagination and senses.’
Janet Boston, Curator of Craft and Design, Manchester Art Gallery
'Kate Haywood is drawn to unusual objects, so we invited her to respond to the Mary Greg collection at Manchester Art Gallery, a unique assemblage of over 3,000 objects collected at the turn of the 20th century.
Mary Greg collected pre-industrial tools, toys, personal accessories and everyday knick-knacks. Greg appreciated handmade objects in an age in which such things were becoming obsolete, discarded in favour of industrial products. Some of her finds were exquisite and unusual, but most were humble household items and inexpensive curios.
Greg’s motivation for collecting was to spark creativity and imagination in others: she wrote
"How glad we all should be if we could know if any (visitors) ever make a single thing… we must leave the answer to the future…"
Kate Haywood has chosen exquisitely decorated Elizabethan plates, known as roundels, from Greg’s collection to inspire her wall piece Feast made especially for Manchester Art Gallery.'
Janet Boston, Curator of Craft and Design, Manchester Art Gallery
Last year I began a new research project with Manchester Art Gallery and the Mary Greg Collection of bygone objects. From the many strange and beautiful objects I handled I was most struck by a set of 12 Elizabethan roundels, their patterned surfaces were still so fresh and vibrant I felt I as though they were bridging time.
The Roundels were used at the end of banquets. Selected guests would be presented with sweetmeats, served on the plain underside of the sycamore rounds, after eating the delicacies the roundels would be turned to reveal lavishly pigmented imagery and a biblical inscription.
Taking these forms as a starting point I've developed a commissioned piece which will be shown alongside the roundels, and other selected works, in a solo exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery this year (PV: 22nd February 6-8pm. Exhibition: 23rd February - 7th October )
The images below show the roundels and works in progress.
Bringing together practitioners from the fields of design, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork and sculpture Ambiguous Implements presents a collection of contemporary works that playfully reconsider the familiar objects of our day to day domestic life.
The third installment of the exhibition takes place at Vittoria Street Gallery within the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University showing works by: Rob Anderson, Aimee Bollu, Caroline Broadhead, David Clarke, Nuala Clooney, Rachael Colley, Rosie Deegan, Kate Farley, Daniel Fogarty, Kate Haywood, Jasleen Kaur, Julie Mellor, Maria Militsi, Rebecca Ounstead, Matt Rowe, Jonathan Trayte and Abbie Williams.
I'll be showing a group of porcelain and textile works alongside glass forms made in collaboration with James Maskery during a residency at the National Glass Centre earlier this year.
'Chris Boland, Emmeline Hastings, Kate Haywood, James Maskrey, Dr. Joanne Mitchell, John Moore, Kaz Robertson, Dr. Ayako Tani, Christopher Thompson Royds, Angela Thwaites, Maud Traon, Heather Woof
Jewellery: Wearable Glass aims to re-introduce audiences and artists to the amazing potential of glass as a wearable material. Glass jewellery has a history going back to the Ancient Egyptians and in the 19th and early 20th century the famous artist René Lalique used glass to make jewellery.
This exciting new ‘wearable glass’ will be presented alongside the twelve artist’s more established work; allowing the viewer to compare the difference between artist’s work in glass and jewellery and what happens when they are brought together.
Curated by Julia Stephenson, Head of Arts at National Glass Centre.'
Really happy to see my first Ceramic Review article published this month. Thank you Alex McErlain for interviewing me in Fireworks Clay Studios last year for this profile article. It describes my journey from jewellery to ceramics, how my practice has developed over the years and my plans for future projects.
3rd August - 3rd December
Coin weights shining under a rock in a river. Once nestled inside a woven glove. Placed in speed, the textile rots, is washed away. The metal remains. Held by gravity and the memory of a net. Waiting to be found. Given new contexts, new values, new stories, new meanings. What do we lose and what do we find over time as contexts shift and owners change.
‘Hoard’ actively explores our relationship with objects and how we read them as they knit together with our own personal experiences and narratives. These lost contexts and ambiguous groupings offer the potential for poetic forms to emerge.
I'll be visiting the space throughout the exhibition period to re-group and re-assemble the forms, blending further elements and materials to offer a series of possible final readings.
Visitors are invited to create their own versions of these artefacts in the gallery space to add to an ever growing public hoard of offerings.
'Bringing together 17 practitioners from the fields of design, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork and sculpture Ambiguous Implements presents a collection of contemporary works that playfully reconsider the familiar objects of our day to day domestic life'.
This touring exhibition will open at Bl_nk Space Gallery, Roco on Thursday 6th July 2017 6–9pm, and continues until Saturday 15th July. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am–6pm.