This week, we visited the Ceramics and Glass graduate exhibition at the highly prestigious Royal College of Arts and we were greeted with beautiful creations filled with imagination and technical skill!
We were incredibly lucky to sit down with five students, and have a quick chat about each of their collections, inspirations and future plans once graduation was over. Keep reading to find out more!
Investigating important themes of diverse personal, social and political, the work of Hua Wang is engaging and powerful, created using ceramics to mimic other materials. The title itself, ‘12 Meat Hooks’, suggests severity and intensity, which comes across in the hanging installation of hanging chains and 12 porcelain-painted red meat hooks. There is a certain elegance to the way the clay hooks are entwined and, almost draped against the chains, which we absolutely loved!
This reflects perfectly Hua’s inspirations - mainly the relationship between power and fragility. By using a range of different clays she is able to portray her version of events of the digital revolution and the symbolic outlook on the contemporary way of living.
Of her work, Wang says: “Gender, hierarchy, there is often more to this matter than meets the eye. I try to pay attention when unjustified incidents happen.”
Prior to studying at RCA, Hua studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
Another designer that caught our eye is Eugene, a talented creative whose work involves intricate press moulding and slip cast processes. The outcome of these techniques is simply stunning, with fluid line and creativity flowing throughout his ceramic pieces, in addition to his intuitive use of colour. Eugene has stated that shapes are his main source of inspiration, and this is visible in the flair to his work, which he credits to the unique processes than enable full flexibility.
Eugene was initially taught to explore the medium of clay by his art teacher i