Catriona Munro (21) from Galashiels, a 3-Dimensional Design student at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, is putting the finishing touches to her final-year project ahead of Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2012.
The talented designer has created a range of Scandinavian-influenced ceramics inspired by a study trip abroad. During her third-year, Catriona spent a semester studying at the HAMK University of Applied Sciences in Hameenlinna, a city in Southern Finland via the ERASMUS scheme – the European Union’s flagship educational exchange programme.
The talented young designer’s range of functional homeware includes cups, bowls, carafes and napkin rings in a minimalist black and white design with classic lines taken from nature.
Catriona explains: “During my time in Finland, I saw first-hand the natural way of living in Scandinavia and how this connection with the environment in everyday life was reflected in simplistic designs using natural forms.”
After composing line drawings of edible plants that grow in the wild such as sea kale, Catriona would enlarge these sketches and transfer the lines onto porcelain adapting imperfections that arose as a result of the ceramics process.
She adds: “I chose plants that are native to Britain as foraging for food outdoors has become a growing trend in eco-living – a concept popular in Finland that I wanted to portray throughout my tableware designs.
“I would make moulds of my pieces and produce castings of these before firing them in the kiln. I originally wanted my work to be perfect but sometimes in the kiln they would crack. In the end, I really enjoyed incorporating these so-called ‘flaws’ into my final work as they made each piece original. This also enhanced the natural quality I intended my products to have – reflecting the environment around us.”
“I’ve created commercially-viable porcelain pieces as I’d ideally like to see my work in people’s homes. I have a real interest in retail and I am hoping to continue designing and selling my work in the future. I’m really looking forward to the Degree Show and gauging the public’s reaction to my work.”
Gray’s School of Art Degree Show
2012, sponsored by BP, will be launched on Friday 15 June. The show will then
be open to the public from 16 to 23 June. For more information, visit: www.rgu.ac.uk/degreeshow.
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