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Rising Stars 2021

13 March to 22 April 2021

Rising Stars 2021

Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion new talent, early career makers, students and graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars offers new makers a first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. It is also an exciting collector opportunity for those wishing to support and collect work by future stars.

The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer on topics such as pricing guidance, advice on marketing and how to gain and manage new connections, and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected makers. The 2021 focus will be on supporting new makers in the post COVID-19 market place.

Following an open call, 20 makers of exceptional talent were selected from nearly 100 applicants. They are Deborah Beck, Alice Burnhope, Alessandra Centorbi, Hari Gordon, Jo Harrison-Hall, Katie Iacovou, Qiang Li, Janet Lines, Chloe McCarrick, Jayden Newman, Mark Newman, Marged Owain, Porter + Trundle, Laura Quinn, Irene Roca Moracia, Bronte Simpson-Little, Sydney Alts, Paul Wheeler, Jean White and Jessie White.

The makers were selected by a panel of judges; Dan Goode (Making Goode), Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts, Textiles) and Debra Allman (UCA, Jewellery, Ceramics & Glass).

One of the makers will be presented a professional development award of £500 and a solo exhibition at New Ashgate in 2022.

Rising Stars 2021 is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts and Dan Goode of Making Goode. It is supported by Billmeir Charitable Trust.

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Niamh Duddy, Winner of Rising Stars Award 2020: Niamh Duddy
Mitch Pilkington, Winner of Rising Stars Award 2019: Mitch Pilkington


Katie Iacovou

Sea Foam with Copper


Ref: 108402

16 x 14 x 9 cms


Katie Iacovou

Katie's organic and sculptural forms and vessels are very much inspired by the Cornish coastline: the textures that nature provides. The rugged cliff tops are a constant source of inspiration, providing marks, patterns and colour such as rust and corrosion. It is also the sea moss and kelp that sweeps across the rocks as the waves sway in and out that captures her attention, including shellfish and barnacles that cling fiercely onto the rock surfaces and metal that is found embedded in the cliff's structure.

All of this is reflected in the glazes that Katie uses, often experimenting and layering glazes to achieve interesting results. Occasionally found objects make their way into her work such as driftwood and metal, which are usually collected from the beach. Katie thrives on the juxtaposition of the natural and man-made world and is influenced, from a young age, by Barbara Hepworth. It is Hepworth's organic forms combined with wire that may subconsciously represent the two worlds that Katie chooses to live in, splitting her time between the city and the coast.

All of the work is made with stoneware clay, using a combination of glazes. Various methods are used such as hand-building, coiling, the use of moulds and occasionally throwing. Katie's pieces are fired at 1260.

Katie is based in London.

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