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.
'The European project Ceramics and its Dimensions seeks to be a part of the rediscovering of the role of ceramics and the bringing forth of the knowledge of the heritage and the different traditions of the use of ceramics'.
Honoured to be included in the 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale this year, organised by the Korea Ceramics Foundation (April 22nd - October 9th)
Founded in 2001 to suggest the direction and visions for the future of world ceramics, the International Competition of GICB is the world's most prestigious international event for ceramic art.
Bit, 2016, 17x13x5cm
National Glass Centre Sunderland PV: Friday 24 March, 6-8pm. Exhibition: 25 Mar – 1 Oct
'National Glass Centre presents a new national exhibition of glass jewellery made by bringing together four glass artists and eight of the UK’s most exciting jewellers'.
'As the country’s main centre for glass, National Glass Centre works closely with many leading artists who have a high level of expertise in using different techniques. James Maskrey works in hot glass, Angela Thwaites in cast glass, Ayako Tani in lamp worked glass and Joanne Mitchell works in kiln-formed and waterjet cut glass. These four artists have shared their expertise with the jewellers who have had ten days each to create experimental new work in glass'.
'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.'
My last trip to The National Glass Centre for the final assembling of work.
Julia Stephenson, Head of Arts at National Glass Centre said: “Through this project the jewellers and artists specialising in glass have collaborated, sharing their skills and challenging what is accepted as standard practice in both jewellery and glass. Around forty years ago artists started to make radical new jewellery using ‘non-precious’ materials. This work had an enormous impact on how we consider and value jewellery today. As a result of the very specific skills required to work in glass there has been very little overlap between artists working in glass and those working in jewellery. We have aimed to begin to address this through our exhibition.”