Spanning the main gallery, downstairs Project Space and rear basement display area, this diverse and stimulating exhibition will feature brand new work by each gallery artist alongside contributions from a specially selected range of associated artists, reflecting the broad scope of the gallery's ongoing programme. In this upcoming Mixed Display this will be more comprehensive than ever, as the 2014 show will be extended to a full five week run for the first time. This once a year opportunity to view the very latest work by all of our artists in a single exhibition is not to be missed.
Gordon Baldwin was born in 1932. He initially trained at the Central School of Art and Design, and his career as a ceramicist spans a period of more than fifty years. His distinctive works combine sculptural form with abstract painterly marks. He has described his approach as 'a non search for beauty', finding most satisfaction in 'forms which have a certain awkward resonance', a more challenging purity and strength. In recognition of his influential career and achievements he was awarded the OBE in 1992 and received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in 2000. His work is represented in numerous public collections worldwide.
Alison Britton was born in 1948. She studied at the Central School of Art and Design, and the Royal College of Art. A significant figure among the generation of innovative British ceramicists that emerged during the 1970s, her distinctive hand-built and expressively painted pots can be found in major public and private collections internationally. She is also widely recognized for her work as a curator, writer and lecturer. She was awarded an OBE for services to the applied arts in 1990 and is a senior tutor at the Royal College of Art.
Caroline Broadhead was born in 1950. She has developed a multi-disciplinary practice. She works across the fields of the fine and applied arts and regularly collaborates with choreographers producing installations for live performance. She was awarded the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts in 1997 and was winner of the Textiles International Open in 2004. Her work is included in numerous public collections internationally. She is Course Director of Jewellery at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Ken Eastman was born in 1960. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art and at the Royal College of Art. He has won many prestigious awards in the field of the ceramic arts, including the Premio Faenza, Italy in 1995, the Gold Medal at the World Ceramic Exposition 2001 Korea and the 'President De la Generalitat Valencia' at the 5th Biennale International De Ceramica, Manises, Spain. In 1998-99 he was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Ceramics. His work is held in numerous public collections in Japan, the USA, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and the UK.
Philip Eglin was born in 1959. He studied at Staffordshire Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. He holds up a mirror to contemporary society to reflect its prevailing interests, its anomalies and contradictions. He draws his subject matter from both high and popular culture and from stories and images seen in the press or on the internet. He exhibits internationally and his work can be found in major private and public collections in New Zealand, USA, Netherlands and UK. He was winner of the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Ceramics in 1996.
Kerry Jameson was born in 1969. She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (1989-92) and the Royal College of Art (2006-09). She finds inspiration in epic paintings of the past (Uccello's Battle of San Romano and Breugel's Massacre of the Innocents are two recent points of reference) to create lively figurative sculpture with a compelling narrative charge.
Chun Liao in 1969. She studied at Bath Spa University and the Royal College of Art. Born in Taiwan, her porcelain pots are fusions of influences from East and West. Her recent forms often bear the evidence of some minor incident, where a small sharp cut or ragged tear has been repaired by a metal staple or healed by a coating of clear or coloured glaze. Many include her signature detailing, where molten rods of gold or silver appear as speckles, delicately punctuating rims or descending down through the walls of the pots. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, France, USA, Brazil and China and is included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Arts & Design, New York.
Robert Marsden was born in 1947. He studied at High Wycombe College of Technology and the Royal College of Art. He works on a variety of scales and with precious and non-precious metals. His works have been described by critic Mel Gooding as 'beautiful propositions' and 'belonging to the specifically modernist type of the sculptural architectonic'. He has exhibited internationally and examples of his work are included in the Crafts Council Collection, London; Birmingham Museum & City Art Gallery; Shipley Art Gallery; Sheffield Assay Office; and the National Gallery of Australia.
Nao Matsunaga was born in 1980 in Osaka, Japan. He studied at the University of Brighton (1999-2002) and the Royal College of Art (2005-07). He creates raw organic forms in which surface texture is highly important. These clay sculptures are often juxtaposed by angular details inspired by architecture, and it is this balance of oppositions that interests Nao. His work appears in the public collection of the Crafts Council, and he has been awarded the Anglo-Sweden Society Bursary and the Leverhume Trust's grant.
Carol McNicoll was born in 1943. She studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic and ceramics at the Royal College of Art. Her works explore the relationship between two and three-dimensional figurative imagery within the context of functional ceramics. She has always been concerned with pattern, and uses glazes, open stock transfers and her own transfers to create richly patterned surfaces. Her work is included in public collections in Australia, Netherlands and the UK and private collections worldwide. In 2001 she was short-listed for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics and a major retrospective of her work toured the UK as part of the Craft Council's Show5 initiative, 2003-2005.
Sara Radstone was born in 1955. She studied at Herefordshire College of Art (1975 -76) and Camberwell School of Art, London (1976-79). Her sculptures are a highly personal exploration into history, memory and place, and the trace of human activity. Radstone's newest abstract ceramics reveal an emotional tension and fragile vulnerability. Her display methods have become more experimental, having recently started to use found wire to suspend her work. This use of often heavy-duty wire, whilst enabling the work to be seen, also traps it within cage-like structures, intensifying the precarious frailty of her ceramic pieces. Radstone has exhibited internationally and her work can be found in numerous public collections, both nationally and internationally, including that of Los Angeles County Museum, USA; Shigaraki Cultural Park, Japan; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, to name a few. She teaches courses in Ceramics at City Lit, London.
Through his bold and vibrant work James Rigler explores the way in which familiar objects hold a multiplicity of associations, culturally and historically. His solo show in the Marsden Woo Project Space, The Lost World, which took place in summer 2011, featured objects cut adrift from their original contexts that had lost their intended significance to take on new meanings. His epic and puzzling scenarios are reminders of just how much our perception of normality in the material world depends on learned rules of classification. Rigler studied Architecture at the Bartlett School, UCL (1998 – 99), 3D Craft at the University of Brighton (1999 – 2002) and Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art (2005 – 07). His work has been exhibited internationally, and he has undertaken residencies at the International Ceramics Research Centre, Guldergaard, Denmark, the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, and Cove Park, Scotland. Recent commissions include a table for Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, and an installation for the restaurant Zizzi Central, St Giles in London.
Martin Smith was born in 1950. He uses the formal limitations of the vessel to investigate different conditions of space. In the foreword to the catalogue of his 1996 retrospective exhibition at the Museum Boijman's van Beunigen, Rotterdam, the Director, Chris Dercon compared his innovative and influential career to that of the late Hans Coper, and described him as '...the most abstract and geometrically orientated ceramist in England and possibly of our times'. A key figure in British ceramics, he studied at Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and at the Royal College of Art. Examples of his work are held in numerous public collections world-wide including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the National Museums of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto; Los Angeles County Museum; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. He is Professor of Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art.
Emma Woffenden was born in 1962. She studied at West Surrey College of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art. She employs a full range of glass techniques to make works that explore the power of myth and archetypes. Widely recognised as one of Britain's leading glass artists, collections that hold examples of her studio work include Ernsting Glass Museum, Germany; Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands; the Victoria & Albert Museum, Wellcome Trust and the Crafts Council, London. Her award winning designs for Transglass can be found in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She lives in London and works at studios in London and rural France.
Dawn Youll was born 1977. She studied Ceramics at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1999, and continued her studies at the International Ceramics Centre at Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2007-8, after working the film and television industry in the intervening years. Her highly glazed work explores the object as metaphor, evoking the familiar and investigating how we interact with our surroundings. Dawn has work in the public collection of the V&A and in the collection of the Crafts Council, both London. She works part time as Crafts Programmer at Cove Park on the Argyll Peninsular in Scotland.
Christoph Zellweger was born in 1962. He trained as a goldsmith and model maker, he worked several years in the trade in Switzerland before attending the Royal College of Art in London. Zellweger's thought provoking work has included installation, performance and intensive material research, and he has also developed his work at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Holland. His work features in the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, and the Crafts Council, London. As well as winning prizes in England, Belgium and Germany, Zellweger has won the Swiss Federal Prize for the Applied Arts three times, and in 2007 published the book Foreign Bodies (Barcelona/New York: Actar), which extends the definition of body adornment.