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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
In Paul's work, he looks for sharp, crisp lines and flat surfaces. Paul likes the contrast of surface texture, of the glazed and unglazed. Using gas reduction firings, Paul wants to show off the clay's body, which can range from blue-grey to a toasty orangey-brown. He wanted to see the drama and excitement of the firing, the iron in the clay being pulled by the flames through the glaze or the depth of colour that results from the oxygen being ripped out of the glazes, transforming their colour in unpredictable ways.
Paul first came into contact with clay was during his degree in Japanese whilst studying near Osaka. He studied language in the morning and he was free to choose cultural modules to fill his afternoons. Having never given much thought to ceramics, he was excited to get his first choice on the oversubscribed Japanese Pottery class. Paul found he was able to express himself and ideas in new ways and he still gets excited about what's achievable through clay. In Japanese culture, there is a sense of a continuing conversation between modern and ancient aesthetics and with such a strong heritage of handmade craft, people in the UK are coming back to that appreciation. Paul's work speaks of a time, a place and the spirit of the moment when an object is created. It is the moment that exists between the modern technological world we have found ourselves in and the time before.
Paul is based in Surrey.