30th May 2019
York College students who are coming to the end of their degrees in Contemporary Craft, Graphic Arts and Fashion Design & Product Innovation will exhibit their creative talents at their Degree Show, held at the Quad South Hall, York St John University (15th - 20th June 2019, 10am - 5.00pm), with a Private View on Friday 14th June (6.00pm - 9.00pm).
Rob Baxter, Head of Art & Design at York College says: "This Degree Show is part of the College's Creative Show and is the culmination of work carried out on the different degree programmes within the Art & Design Division. It is an excellent opportunity for employers and the general public to see and enjoy the students' hard work and their creative inspirations. I congratulate these very talented students as they progress onto the next stage of their careers within the creative industries or take on further studies."
To give a flavour of the kind of work on display at the Degree Show, here are some of the BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft students, with descriptions of their work:
Alexandra uses ancient techniques to shape and form copper, enamelling the internal surface along with a heating and cooling method creating vibrant colourful patinas on her finished pieces. Alexandra is inspired by nature, abstract art, space and the universe. She transforms her experience and interpretation of the universe into the visual language of sculpture the colours and patterns of the planets inspire her to create artwork rich with emotion, colour, content and form.
Sculptural porcelain focusing on light and shadow and thought-provoking installations investigating language, unspoken or lost.
A personal exploration of brutalist form and dystopian theme ‘rooted in the primaeval soil of play’. Operating with a view to harmonise the traditions of ceramic craft with the avant-garde world views of modernist theory in an attempt to question established definitions of beauty.
Chanté workd on cement sculptures to represent how nature will take over industrial life.
Artist and Photographer, inspired by Greek Urns, memories and life.
Next step: a Masters in ceramics at Sunderland University and after that her aim is to do a PHD
Jewellery in silver and gold. "My jewellery is mostly unisex with some chunky styles and some more light styles too. Also featuring some blacksmithing works in steel.
I am inspired by architecture but also through the making process. What's next for me - I hope to start building up a photography brand and make my own jewellery studio as a side venture alongside working until I can move fully into my businesses."
"I have created a series of custom designed chef knives with some accessories. Taking inspiration from my previous experience as a chef and my love of the craft. I have combined my passion for design with food to create some seriously unique design-led products.My inspiration has come from the different cultures involved in the restaurant industry; from the classical French style of knives to the ancient Japanese kitchen knives originating from samurai swords. Next year, I begin studying for a PGCE qualification, while also running my own business, bettering my work and knowledge about the craft."
Jewellery exploring pierced metal inspired by natural landscapes. Lue is a silversmith and designer using a range of gemstones, both precious and semi-precious. She works in silver and gold and uses oxides to add contrast to her designs.
Producing statement pieces of jewellery, both small and large scale, in silver and copper.