Student Focus

Be inspired by the work of ceramic students across the world.

Discover artists, exhibitions, collaborations and projects past, present and future.

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York College

Contemporary 3D Crafts students and staff from York College took part in CoCA’s Day of Clay 2016.

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Cardiff School of Art and Design

Our students contributed to this review of the ‘Sensorial Object’ exhibition Craft in the Bay in January 2015. Click here to find out more about the kind of activities and learning opportunities we ran alongside it to heighten their appreciation of sensory experience.

Dr. Natasha Mayo is in the process of compiling a toolbox of frameworks to ‘Interpret Ceramic Objects’ in the Fragile? exhibition NMW comprising practice from a number of fields including: Performance, Choreography, Music and Dentistry! Here is couple of examples of the artists involved: Bethan Frieze ‘Sounding Objects’ and A. J. Stockwell’s ‘Bad Teeth’.

BA Ceramics Graduates Imogen Higgins and Muddy Jane Plahe will collaborate as project leads in taking the ceramics department on a new venture into building cob sculptures of figures and fables at the Green Man Festival from the 17th until 24th August 2016 – we are ridiculously excited!

We also begin a new venture for the Green Man as they test out the possibility of staging an open air exhibition for the event. Here’s to building futures! View Imogen’s third year BA work by clicking here.  Find out more about the Green Man Festival.

The students created digital postcards of their summer projects, including a number of placements at ceramic studios across the world – see some of the images below, or click here to see all of the postcards.

Students from Cardiff volunteered at the 2015 International Ceramics Festival held at the university Arts Centre in Aberystwyth – take a look at what they got up to in this slideshow presentation.

Images below: Students from Cardiff working on their summer projects.

The second years have also been working hard on a collaboration with the Ken Stradling Collection in Bristol responding to the architecture and artefacts within the collection – find out more.

There are also two Level Four exhibitions…

Overfora – To transfer, to convey, to transport, to communicate, to carry. This exhibition at IKEA by BA Hons Ceramics Undergraduates of the Cardiff School of Art and Design was curated by Youngin Shin, Marek Alfons Liska and Morgan Dowdall featuring Jack Welbourne, CSAD graduate 2014 – find out more.

There’s Many a Slip Twixed Cup and Lip takes its cue from the Alison Britton exhibition of the same name, and explores the capacity of ceramic material and process to affect interpretation of the humble vessel form. As a collective, the show bares testimony to the poignancy of the vessel as both thematic and functional object, with work taken from each year on the undergraduate programme. The work demonstrates the initial exploration of form and technique by students just three months into the course amidst the more honed skill base of recent graduates – find out more.

The students have also been working with heritage – the Durga Puja Festival and Clay Image Making in Wales. CSAD Ceramics were invited to learn and contribute to the Wales Puja Committee as they ran a ‘living’ exhibition of clay images built by artists from India. The processes and the associated mythology will become part of a large celebration in October 2016 were our students will again learn and contribute through artwork and workshops – find out more.

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