Graduates from 3D Materials Practice are selected for roles in national museums
15 Aug 2013
Students from the 3D Materials Practice course continue to gain inspiration for their work from museum collections. The V&A in particular is a vital resource for objects of historical and cultural interest. This sits within the CETLD focus on the role of museums in Higher Education, practice based learning and object scholarship and the larger research projects and publications such as Museums and Design Education. Looking to Learn, Learning to See, Ashgate 2010, Beth Cook, Rebecca Reynolds & Catherine Speight.
Phoebe Cummings, graduated 2002 and latterly from the RCA MA Ceramics & Glass 05, is currently Artist in Residence in the Ceramics Workshop at the V&A museum. The ‘Ceramic Future Star’ residency will run for 6 months with the remit to develop practice through working with the V&A collections and by engaging in the public participatory programmes that the Museum runs. Her work explores connections between interior environments and landscape, considering the psychological spaces of objects and place. Process and material remain of particular significance, working predominantly with clay. Often pieces are constructed directly on site, intended as temporary interventions. The work may come to exist only as a photograph or memory.
She will be joined by more recent graduates Katie Spragg & Alice Walton, graduated 2010, who will be producing ceramic work in the adjoining workshop during July and August 2010. They will also be working alongside two RCA Ceramics graduates from this year, one of which is also a 3D Materials Practice graduate from 2006, Matt Raw.
Hayley Zierold, Alice Walton and Katie Spragg were also selected to show at the CETLD exhibition “Designers of the Future”, which is at the V&A until 25 July.
In May/June 2010 seven 2nd year BA and MDes 3D Materials Practice students undertook work experience with International Ceramic Artist, Clare Twomey at the Royal Pavilion on her commission ‘A Dark Day in Paradise’. The commission was part of museumaker: unlocking the creative potential of museum, a prestigious national project involving sixteen museums across the country and Supported by Arts Council England (ACE), Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and its Renaissance Programme. The students relished the work experience as an ‘amazing opportunity to work with Clare’ and felt it gave them ‘a great insight into how an installation is constructed within a heritage site’.
Other successful graduates selected for musemaker commissions include Lina Peterson, graduated 2004 (MA Jewellery RCA 2006), 'Ancient / Modern: Wearable Hybrids' at the University of Nottingham Museum and Lin Cheung – Graduated 1994 (MA Jewellery RCA 1997), 'Family Treasures' at Middlesbourgh Institute of Modern Art, Dorman Museum and Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.
Area leaders in Ceramics & Metal, Alma Boyes & Cynthia Cousens have recently been awarded a £5000 research bid from the ADMTeaching Fellowship Award to undertake a research project ‘In the hand – the effect of museum handling sessions on student learning’.
In March 2011, Louisa Taylor, lecturer in Ceramics will undertake a period of research into 18th century dining wares at York Museum which will conclude with a new collection of work based on colour compositions and her first solo show at the Old School House Gallery, York.