31st May 2017
As part of the York College Creative Show 2017, ‘In the Making’, an exhibition of work by BA Contemporary Craft students, is on show at the Quad South Hall at York St. John University. The exhibition showcases the culmination of work by talented 3rd year students as their degree course comes to an end.
The York College Creative Show 2017 marks the 175th anniversary of the York School of Design – one of the first design schools to be set up outside of London and York College is proud to continue its rich creative heritage in the City of York.
The seven exhibiting artists in Higher Education degree show have explored and developed their own unique relationship with craft resulting in a diverse range of beautiful, thought-provoking, decorative and functional pieces. From handmade jewellery to ceramic vessels, sculptures and 3D printed works, addressing a variety of different themes.
Lydia Munro is a contemporary designer maker. She produces handmade jewellery by experimenting with materials and techniques, attempting to push them to their limits. She has taught herself various processes and through this, her current work is a narrative of exploration into serendipity which has been developed from her collection of electroformed rings. Lydia's aim is to create pieces that have a unique and fresh approach to the contemporary world and she will begin her teacher training course later this year in preparation of following her aspirations of becoming a Contemporary Craft lecturer, whilst continuing to practice her specialism.
Jake Augur creates work which spans the bridge between technology and craft. Using CAD programmes and 3d printers to develop three-dimensional drawings he constructs unique vessels that would be impossible or difficult to make in any other way. Jake is available to take commissions for bespoke work and is currently a designer at Stage One Ltd.
Sharon Wilkinson describes her work as a journey of artistic creativity mirroring her own life journey, taking inspiration from the natural environment and the impact of man. Her current work explores the dynamic properties of light, structure and fluidity using her chosen material of porcelain. She seeks to reveal these properties by sometimes relinquishing control of the process, allowing the material to freely morph through various stages culminating in a unique organic structural form. Sharon has recently had work exhibited in Ones to Watch at Sunny Bank Mills and is in the process of setting up a studio in her home village of Yedingham. Sharon is considering studying an MA in Ceramics at Sunderland University.
Liv Lawrenson is a jeweller with a keen interest in combining modern technologies with traditional techniques, through the use of 3D printing and lost wax casting. Her design and practical work arises from an interest in tessellation and simple geometric forms and she is presently exploring introducing colour into her designs. Liv has recently finished work on two wedding ring commissions and is currently taking on more commissioned work.
Layla Khoo is a ceramic artist drawn to the medium for the tactility and versatility clay presents. Layla is currently working primarily in mould making and slip casting, exploring how individuality can be brought to making in multiples, blurring the lines between the mass produced and the hand made. Layla creates installation pieces as an observation and response to emotional, societal and political issues, often drawn from personal experiences. This series of work explores issues of identity and perception, an idea that people and situations are not always as they seem - it is the viewer who chooses what they want to see. Layla is currently preparing work for inclusion into According to McGee, York and is continuing on to postgraduate studies.
Dawn Ridsdel is a contemporary ceramicist who specialises in using hand-building techniques to make vessel and cloud forms. Based in a garden studio on the outskirts of York, she exhibits her work in shows and galleries around Yorkshire and the UK. Fascinated by the relationships colours have with one another and drawn by the interactions of light, Dawn develops the clay surface to create complex decoration hinting at open spaces, skies, seas, stars and planets, drawing attention to a fragile world vulnerable to the excesses of humankind.Dawn has run ceramics workshops for many years and is a ceramics technician at York College in her spare time. She was recently awarded first prize at the ‘Ones to Watch’ exhibition at Sunny Bank Mills and is a selected participant in the art& RAW Talent scheme, which will be showing at York Racecourse in October 2017.
Daniel Nyman is a sculpture who works mainly in clay, he says about his work: “What is a person? What we see or what we get? We shall peek into the mythos of what maketh the man. I make the unseen, seen.”
'In The Making' runs from 10th – 15th June 2017 (10am – 5pm) at Quad South Hall, York St. John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York , YO31 7EX.
Preview Friday 9th June 2017 (6pm – 8pm)