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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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2018 BA (Hons) Three-Dimensional Design, Camberwell College of Arts
Kyle has experimented with new digital processes such as 3D printing to aid his use of traditional processes such as throwing. He finds the work he creates has a unique balance between the world of craft and industrial design. Kyle's work creates a subtle sense of novelty through the aesthetic of the vessel, whether it is relating to a historic process, or a dated form. The work is based upon ancient Chinese bronze wares used in rituals. Kyles uses the bronze in his vases to represent busy road junctions that people commute through everyday. This modern mundane ritual is something he wanted to explore through the connotations of a different object, taking inspiration from contrasting cultures in ceramics.
Kyle's work reflects the move he took from growing up in a rural setting, to living in a more municipal environment. Finding inspiration from the contrast of traditional red brickwork south of the Thames, to the gravity defying overhangs of the brutalist structures in the City of London. Kyle is particularly interested in the use of terracotta, firing it at higher temperatures to see how the iron content reacts with white glazes and slips. These investigations make reference to the traditional English pottery which he was accustomed to in the countryside.
Kyle is based in London.