The Potclays Emerging Makers Award is an opportunity for UK based new ceramicists and artists working with clay who have graduated from a UK University or Institute of Higher Education within the past five years (including those graduating in summer 2017). Six makers will be selected to give a presentation about their practice as a short illustrated talk (Powerpoint presentation) during the festival weekend. They will also be asked to display examples of their work in an exhibition at the International Ceramics Festival. All six selected applicants will receive free entry to the festival (excluding accommodation and subsistence). Details of how to apply will be published after summer 2016, please subscribe to our newsletter for announcements.
In 2015 the winner of the Potclays New and Emerging Makers International Visiting Artist Award was Lanty Ball (below) who will visit the Archie Bray Foundation in the USA in November 2016.
2015 Emerging Makers Award Finalists (click on each name for more information):
New and Emerging Makers International Visiting Artist Awards 2013
In association with The Archie Bray Foundation, USA & Waikato Society of Potters, New Zealand. Sponsored by Potclays Ltd, Wales Arts International and the Welsh Assembly Government.
The Archie Bray Foundation Visiting Artist Award 2013 was awarded to Tina Neale.
Image: Work made by Tina Neale at the Archie Bray Foundation, USA.
“All things in life are connected and when events trigger change we work with it to see where it takes us. Nothing stays the same everything, everyone, all of life evolves. The material and processes in this work give form to this activity. Each object reflects significant points within the creative journey. My work is a reflection of my understanding of the world I live in, and the constant state of motion and evolution we are part of. (Merge/Diverge 2010). I was interested in how the creative process, new findings and experiences can influence the work and can enhance or even create ideas. I take this laminating process and fused the new objects with it. The movement and flow in the laminations, folds and curves of the clay I see as a metaphor for a life journey. Each new experience or environment feeding change to this form evolving it and influencing it, the fusion of a new object creating new evolved forms.” To learn more about Tina Neale’s’ residency visit her website: http://www.tinaneale.co.uk
The Waikato Society of Potters Visiting Artist Award 2013 was awarded to Lisa Svensk.
“I am inspired by fairy tales, folk stories, and fantasy and such. My mother’s idealisation of Russian decorative art and culture has been influential throughout my life. A few years ago, upon the discovery of my Russian heritage, I grew curious of Russian culture and its fairy tales, particularly an old folk story called Vasilisa the Beautiful. Within this tale I found many interesting characters: the heroine Vasilisa, Baba Yaga, the ‘Boney Legs’ witch, who owns a sentient magical house that escapes from danger on giant chicken legs; plus a number of other fantastic ancillary characters. I consider myself as an emerging ceramic artist who still develops new forms and decorative folk paintings, inspired by various unique cultures. The statuettes and sculptures created during my master’s degree are perhaps merely the beginnings of my developing signature style. However this body of work is the foundation from which I will extend my exploration of other folk stories from around the world.” To learn more about Lisa Svensk’s residency visit her blog: