Ceramics students exhibit work at world renowned trade fair

“To be an independent designer-maker is my dream so it's really exciting to show my work at such a big event.”

Yuka Kikumoto, MA Ceramic Design

Staffordshire University students are exhibiting their work at one of the world's biggest trade fairs this week after winning an international ceramics competition.

Yuka Kikumoto, a current student from the University's MA Ceramic Design course, and recent graduate Francesca Romei will exhibit at the Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt, which attracts 130,000 trade visitors from over 150 countries.

Yuka and Francesca were offered the opportunity after being named among the eight winners of the Future Lights International Ceramics Competition which was hosted by Staffordshire University in October.

“During my studies I've joined many exhibitions and collaboration projects as well as taking part in the competition. These opportunities have really helped me to build my career as a designer-maker.” explained Yuka.

Ambiente is a fantastic opportunity for designers and artists to network and promote their work to the biggest names in consumer goods. Yuka will exhibit her Master's project, The Mochi Tea Set, which was inspired by the Japanese rice cake, Kagami Mochi.

“To be an independent designer-maker is my dream so it's really exciting to show my work at such a big event.” commented Yuka.

“This opportunity will help me make strong connections with shops, restaurants, galleries and private clients from all over the world.”

Cath Ralph, Enterprise Development Manager at Staffordshire University, will also attend the event to support the Future Lights ambassadors and develop the University’s own trade links.

She said: “Our European projects not only raise the University's profile within Europe but provide great platforms for our students to make connections to further their careers and achieve success in their chosen fields.”


*The Future Lights competition forms part of the Ceramics and its Dimensions project, run by Porzellanikon, Bavaria’s National Museum for Porcelain and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the JECS-Trust of the European Ceramics Society. Porzellanikon will be accepting applications for the second round of the Future Lights competition during February and March 2016.


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