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Mud & Metal: Gray’s students exhibit ceramics and jewellery inspired by nature


Three-Dimensional Design students at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art are hosting a public exhibition of ceramics and jewellery until Thursday 3 May. 

Mud & Metal - 3D Design The fourteen third-year students have created a range of new work inspired by nature in response to commissions from Scottish companies.

Lochinver-based pottery crafts firm, Highland Stoneware, has tasked the students with creating functional pieces using clay such as domestic objects including serving bowls and cake stands, as well as decorative work.

Glen Clydesdale (20) from the city’s Millburn Street has produced a series of vessels which explore the natural environment of rural Scotland.

He explains: “My pieces are a visual representation of small, elevated rock pools or ‘lochins’, often found situated in hills and mountains. I have also used textures and colours which match the bracken and grasses of the Scottish landscape.”

Meanwhile, the jewellery work on show has been overseen by Mark Powell, Research and Teaching Resident at Gray’s, and the owner of Eligius Jewellery.

Focusing on metal casting using predominantly pewter and copper, students have also incorporated natural materials such as wool and wood using various surface decoration techniques.

The winner of the project will have the opportunity to have their piece put into production by Highland Stoneware and made in silver to be held in the permanent collection of Eligius Jewellery.

‘Mud & Metal’ is open to the public at Gray’s School of Art until 3 May from 9am-7pm.

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve

Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262206
Email: s.j.grieve@rgu.ac.uk.