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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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Slip cast porcelain
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2018 MA Ceramics, University of Brighton
2010 BA (Hons) Art and Design - Ceramics, University of Brighton
Bekky designs and creates wall-based installations. She works with ceramics using the slip casting technique to create one-off contemporary sculptures, pushing the boundaries of materiality to fit a new approach to her creative practice.
Her process begins with a lump of smooth clay, carving it into a form to create a model. From this form, she creates a two-piece plaster mould - making multiple moulds allows her to produce collections of casts, building sequences of many small parts. She has developed a palette of botanical colour tones using stains, which she mixes into porcelain slip and fires to a high temperature to ensure strength and durability.
She is influenced by the Biophilia Effect, which is our intrinsic connection with the natural world. This addresses her innate need for nature and wilderness. Aiming to bring the soothing spirit of nature into manmade spaces, her work aspires to emphasise how sculptural contemporary ceramics can, and should be, integrated more thoughtfully into public and private spaces.
Bekky is based in Rye.