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Rising Stars 2019

2 March to 13 April 2019

Rising Stars 2019

Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts - this year, the exhibition is bigger than ever, following a record number of applications.

This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.

This year, the project received 109 applications. 30 makers have been selected for the exhibition by a panel of craft professionals, focusing on their potential and talent; Rebecca Skeels, Course Leader for Postgraduate Programmes, School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts, Gemma Curtis, Crafts Programme Coordinator, the Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate Gallery.

Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.

The selected makers of exceptional talent are: Angelina Jane, Arra Textiles, Louise Bell, Georgia Buck, Holly Burton, Eve Campbell, Jenny Chan, Sara Chyan, Kim Colebrook, Mihaela Coman, Natalie Eagle, Tamir Erlich, Alice Funge, Alysa Freeman, Susanna Gogarty, Iona Hall, Qiang Li, Marek Liska, Sam Lucas, Ruth Martindale, Bekky May, Annette Mills, Poppy Norton, Benjamin Pearey, Mitch Pilkington, Nastassia Ramazankhani, Kyle Ramsey, Catherine Rua, Jinya Zhao and Marissa Ziesing.

Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

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Benjamin Pearey - Indestructible Croc

Benjamin Pearey

Indestructible Croc

Stoneware, Acrylic Paint

Ref: 96486

33 x 56 x 16 cms


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Benjamin Pearey

2018 BA (Hons) Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery and Metalwork, University for the Creative Arts

Benjamin thrives on the flutter against gravitational fate, on the dance between his will and the will of the clay. Looking for balance, searching for the harmony between speed and caution, excess and scarcity, gravitas and playfulness, characterful tilt and structural failure.

It is within these polarities that he likes to seriously play and serious play is what it is. Traditional and disruptive processes are combined to construct and destruct fresh, amusing forms and present provocative ideas.

Trained in the crafts, Benjamin builds sealed vessels and linear, geometric structures using traditional techniques - coiling and slab-building. Each form takes a day to build, and as the clay reaches its leather-hard stage, he formulates a destructive plan.

Through firing and glazing the split-second transfiguration is immortalised. Though enigmatic, the objects will always tell the tale of their metamorphosis. Simultaneously dark and humorous, the work both challenges preconceived expectations of crafted perfection, and appeases the very human desire for playful destruction. Gallows humour meets pottery.

Benjamin is based in London.

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