“When I began the 3D course, I chose it because the scope was so broad and I'd get to work with a wide range of materials. I’d never used clay – apart from in primary school - but since I began working with it, I’ve not touched anything else.”
Amy Hill, MA Ceramic Design student
An exhibition showcasing the talents of Staffordshire University's ceramic designers opens to the public at LoveClay Ceramics Centre this week.
Amy Hill, 24, from Trentham who recently graduated from the BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker course has star billing at the exhibition after scooping the Valentine Clays award at the University's annual art and design degree show.
Amy, whose love of ceramics has seen her progress on to the University's MA Ceramic Design course, has recently taken her work to New Designers and the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair resulting in further requests for her to exhibit her work in Worcester and Surrey.
She said: “When I began the 3D course, I chose it because the scope was so broad and I'd get to work with a wide range of materials. I'd never used clay – apart from in primary school - but since I began working with it, I've not touched anything else.”
MA Ceramics graduate Laura Plant whose work won her both The Denby Award and the National Trust Artisan & Craft Award at New Designers 2018 is also among those graduating at the LoveClay Ceramic Centre from Friday 26th October to Friday 23rd of November.
Laura said: “New Designers was an amazing experience and it was great talking to people and getting feedback on my work. The new exhibition is a reflection on the quality of our courses and how hard we have worked as a group.”
Hannah Ault, Sales and Marketing Director, from Valentine Clays said: “The LoveClay Ceramics Centre located at Valentine Clays headquarters in Fenton is a new visitor experience that promotes the importance of clay to the ceramics industry and Stoke-on-Trent.
“We are delighted to be supporting designer makers from the University and celebrating the variety of amazing individually made work on offer - which will also be available for purchase.”
Tim Forrester, Course leader for BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker & MA Ceramics at Staffordshire University, added: “Staffordshire University is determined to play a significant role in the future of ceramics in our region. Having received such great feedback on the quality of student work nationally, it's great to be able to showcase our talents and our courses off campus in the UK home of ceramics.”
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