Emerging Makers Award
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
Our Potclays New and Emerging Maker Award Winner Tina Neale will be starting her Visiting Arts Award placement in November at the Archie bray Foundation. A graduate of Cardiff School of Art and Design Tina is excited to be undertaking this placement she says: ‘I am honoured and excited to be undertaking the Residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, in November 2013. This will be a rewarding and enriching experience artistically and practically. I am looking forward to the challenge of starting new work in response to what I experience there, including the sights of Helena and the facilities there. I am also look forward to working alongside the resident and visiting artists. I hope to continue to learn new things and progress my work in exciting ways’
Tina will be regularly updating her blog during her residency: http://www.tinaneale.co.uk/#/blog/4547897452 you can also follow her progress via her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tinanealeceramics
This Visiting Artist Placement is supported by the Walsh Government, Wales Arts International and Potclays Ltd
Emerging Makers Competition:
The Emerging Makers Competition began in 2011. It is an opportunity for UK potters and artists working with clay, who have graduated from college within the past five years, to present a Powerpoint slideshow about their work at the 2013 International Ceramics Festival. The festival audience will then vote on who will win the two Emerging Makers Award.
The Archie Bray Foundation Visiting Artist Award was awarded to Tina Neals.
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.
The Waikato Society of Potters Visiting Artist Award 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.