Visitors to Gray’s School of Art should prepare to be bowled over by a new exhibition which opened this week.
Over 60 unique handmade bowls designed by staff and students at the art school are now on display until Friday, December 13, as part of an exhibition which aims to raise funds for St. Barnabas Hospice in Sussex.
It is the fourth year that Simon Ward, a lecturer on the 3D Design course at Gray's, has run the event which he first organised in memory of his late mother who passed away at the hospice.
The bowls, which were designed by a wide cross section of staff and students, are priced at £15 each, with 25% going to St. Barnabas House Hospice which provides specialist palliative care to patients with terminal illnesses. The rest of the money raised will go towards supporting final year students exhibiting at the New Designers event in London next year.
Simon explained: “After my mother passed away, I wanted to do something to raise money for the hospice to help support the great work they do and it has turned into an annual event. In previous years we’ve designed plates and vases - I’ve tried to make it different each time, in the hope that people will come back and there will be something new to appeal to them.
“As well as the fundraising aspect of the exhibitions, they are an important tool to showcase the emerging talent in ceramics at Gray's School of Art. We are the last art school is Scotland to offer ceramics at BA (Hons) level as part of our 3D Design Course and exhibitions such as this are a good way to highlight that fact.”
He added: “It’s great that so many staff and students from across the school get involved too, there’s a nice community feel to the project and seeing people getting interested in ceramics is fantastic.
“Each bowl is quite different in terms of its design, there was no set brief as to how they should look and I think that’s one of the most attractive things about the exhibition – the pieces are so unique, they are all one-offs.”
Second year 3D Design student Rachel Legg (19) said she was delighted to be involved in the project: “My bowl features the Chinese character for winter and an image of a rowan tree, as I was very taken by the red berries. I wanted to do something natural so the tree just stood out for me.
“It was great to get the opportunity to spend time on ceramics – I find it quite relaxing but it does take a bit of practice as if you make a mistake, it takes a lot of time and effort to correct it. It’s really nice to be a part of a project which involves so many other people at Gray’s.”
Contextual and critical studies co-ordinator for Communication Design at Gray’s, Cameron Campbell, has also been involved in producing work for the exhibition.
He said: “The inspiration for my bowl derived originally from a discovery made in a garden which had been the site of happy childhood memories and which had become unkempt and overgrown with weeds.
“Unusually, amongst the disorderly debris there was spotted a ceramic capo di monte type rose in perfect condition and of the sort that is no longer regarded as fashionable or desirable. Originally small porcelain bouquets were costly and valued items but often lie neglected now. “
Cameron has incorporated fragments of the rose into the interior of the bowl, explaining: “The bowl interior seems hostile with brittle shards yet the fragments can at the same time provoke positive feelings. The aim is to explore and challenge journeys that special, familiar imagery can make.”
The exhibition is free and open to the public daily until Friday, December 13, in the foyer at Gray's School of Art, Garthdee.
Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology