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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.
9 x 23 x 9 cms
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Joshua's making practice is characterised by an experimental and progressive approach to materials and process. At the heart of his practice is a desire to push the boundaries of kiln-glass into new and exciting territories - Joshua aims to reassess the traditional perceptions of glass technically, aesthetically and materially. Employing an extensive and innovative range of kiln-forming techniques, he produces textures, patterns and colours that are inherently un-glass-like, and instead appear as something else entirely.
His current body of work is concerned with themes of materiality and material resonance. Glass making has a rich and fertile heritage of imitating other materials, particularly those of higher value and status. He utilises the transformative power and metamorphic capabilities of glass to emulate the physical characteristics of other materials. However, Joshua often references lower-value, modest materials, thereby elevating their status and challenging the orthodoxies of material hierarchy and value.
With a practice that moves deftly between art, design and craft, Joshua makes sculptural and interior objects that transcend traditional boundaries, arouse curiosity, and intrigue viewers.
Joshua is based in London.