International ceramics competition finalists in Stoke-on-Trent

An international competition celebrating up and coming talent from the world of ceramics is being held at Staffordshire University next week.

Recent graduates from across Europe working as designers, artists and curators will feature in the final round of the Future Lights Competition, which forms part of the British Ceramics Biennial, on Wednesday 21 October.

Yuka Kikumoto, a current student from the University’s MA Ceramic Design course and recent graduate Francesca Romei are among the finalists whose artwork will be judged by a jury of representatives from leading European institutions including Aalto University, the British Ceramics Biennial, Kunsthochschule Berlin, Porzellanikon, Staffordshire University and the University of Ulster.

The annual competition forms part of Ceramics and Its Dimensions, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and the public are encouraged to drop in to the event to view examples of the finalists’ work and listen to their presentations.

Cath Ralph, Enterprise Development Manager at Staffordshire University, commented, “Staffordshire University, Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies, is proud to be part of this large scale European project which offers excellent opportunities for our students to fulfil their potential as the future of the art, design and ceramics industries. It’s entirely fitting that Stoke-on-Trent is so well represented in a project of this kind given our rich cultural ceramic heritage.”

Wilhelm Siemen, Director of Porzellanikon, said, “The theme of this year’s Future Lights competition is International Cultural Influences in Ceramics. Building on the history of cultural exchange in ceramics, the competition is designed to build new bridges and provide a platform for young professionals to further their careers”.

Future Lights Competition winners will be invited back to Stoke-on-Trent in 2016 to take part in series of workshops, collaborating on a design for new ceramic work that will feature in future exhibitions and events across Europe.

The event will run from 10:00am to 3:30pm at Uniqube, in the entrance to Flaxman building at Staffordshire University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus.

* The Ceramics and Its Dimensions project runs from 2015 to 2018 and has 25 partners in 11 countries across Europe. The project is led by Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, (Bavaria’s National Museum for Porcelain). UK partners include the British Ceramics Biennial, Staffordshire University, Stoke City Council, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and the University of Ulster.


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