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Rising Stars 2020

7 March to 4 July 2020

Rising Stars 2020

Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts. 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.

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.

Following an open call with 97 applications, 26 makers of exceptional talent were selected by a panel of craft experts, Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts) and Debra Allman (UCA). They are Darren Ball, Sandy Buchanan, Niamh Duddy, Jack Durling, Fran Fell, Beth Gates, Rhiannon Gwyn, Faye Hall, Abeer Kayani, Joshua Kerley, Antigone Lentzos, Rebecca Oldfield, Archana Pathak, Rebecca Perry, Laura Plant, Irina Prolygina, Jane Sarre, Jane Sedgwick, Ralph Shuttleworth, Hannah Staber, Olivia Taylor, Hermione Thomson, Nikole Tursi, Claire Walton and Katie Watson.

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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Hannah Staber



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25 x 24 cms


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Hannah Staber

Hannah's work is concerned with the relationship between humans and the natural environment; how we collect, curate, imitate, and interpret parts of nature in art and what it means to be both part of the natural environment, yet inherently separate from it.

She is influenced by the exuberant and diverse textures and organic patterns that emerge from natural growth along with the juxtaposition of chaos and symmetry in nature.

She expresses this through rich surfaces acquired by layering glazes and altering the thrown form. Understanding glaze chemistry is an important part of her practice; she mixes and extensively tests all glazes herself in order to attain a range of colours and effects when applied and layered. All pieces are thrown on the wheel and altered at different stages of the drying process. She likes to utilise the materiality of the clay, pushing it to (and sometimes beyond) its limits to achieve a balance between control and chaos.

Recently she has been exploring the form of chalices and goblets and working on linking this culturally rich, symbolic vessel shape with the organic and unrefined, expressing the intricate, linked, yet disjointed relationship between the human-made and the natural, and what it means for humans to make art inspired by the natural environment.

Hannah is based in Surrey.

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