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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 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.
15 x 7 x 11 cms
Rebecca's ceramic practice is driven by her expressive drawings, with the abstract marks being influenced by abandoned spaces and graffitied walls. She looks at the natural and urban landscape and how organic matter and rusted metal are juxtaposed. The bold strokes of paint and scratched markings relate to her two-dimensional mark making and
the energetic, abstract painting style that she has developed. The marks and lines that are produced become gestural as she uses the surface as a vehicle for her drawing.
Rebecca creates one-off earthenware and porcelain vessels by combining industrial methods of slip casting batch production with expressive surface pattern. To produce the plaster of Paris moulds that she casts from, she begins with a plaster model that will be carved or turned to create a negative mould. These slip cast pieces are simple in form, which allows for the bold application of decoration using slips, splashes of glaze and enamel. She continuously layers different marks between three or four firings until the desired result is achieved, masking with each layer to define areas on the pieces. The interior of the pots are glazes with vivid hues, pops of sun yellow and deep reds to give warmth.
Rebecca is based in Chesterfield.