Turning Point at New Designers!!!!!

This week part of Turning Point will be showing alongside Makers 1.0 for New Designers at stand JC15 in the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.

We have five original ceramicists from the Turning Point exhibition, featuring Charlotte Burke, Rachel Codd, Chris Konstantakos, Jane Plahe and Kevin Plummer.

Here is a sneak peak of the work on show!!!!


Turning Point Showcase: Ceramicist Sarah Statham

Our last, but certainly not least Turning Point ceramicist is Sarah Statham, who’s work looks into the idea of nostalgia and the memories captured throughout childhood and the act of remembering them.

Sarah explains “the capturing of images through photography is a major theme running through my work, how we use images to construct and manipulate our narratives, what we choose to include and to leave out. This series of work is autobiographical; I draw directly from family photographs, sketching out the esoteric feelings between what has been captured and recorded and my experiences as a child away from the camera. On the one hand, the work focuses on childhood memories and family narratives, how time and personal choices can distort our recollections giving weight to something outwardly small and altogether losing things deemed, by others, to be of importance. It also draws on the traditions of storytelling, the moralistic tales told to children where adversity is an unavoidable part of life and must be faced and overcome. I use scale, colour and the image of the toy rabbit to evoke this and an incongruity in the images to examine both the joyful and the more uncomfortable memories of childhood that are born out of  naivety and the loss of innocence and that only time and experience can rationalise.”

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“My family history is strongly connected to ceramics; my paternal Grandmother worked in the potteries in Stoke-on-Trent and my decision to make tiles was partly as a nod to the industry and also for their connection to public and private spaces, they are a carrier for my images as in a traditional mural. My maternal Grandfather was a potter for many years in the Liguria region of Italy and this lead to my decision to use majolica glazes, historically used on all pottery produced in this area, the glazes capture the brushstrokes on application and give a painterly look to the pieces. The qualities of ceramics and the fluid surface of the tiles compliment the themes explored in my work, it is solid yet fragile, fixed and in motion. Whilst the subject matter in its literal sense is from a domestic context, the work can also inhabit the gallery space. Conjuring childhood memories was part of the motivation behind the pieces but my ambition for the work is to manipulate the viewer in the space between the revealed and the hidden, like the lens of a camera, we choose what is seen.”

For more information on Sarah’s practice, she can be found through:

Blog – https://sarahceramics.wordpress.com/

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A Big Thank You

From everyone at Turning Point, we would like to say a big thank you on behalf of our supporters who helped us achieve our goal of £1,800. We are now in the midst on putting together our catalogues and finishing our work ready for our assessments and exhibition on the 30th of May to the 5th of June. To keep up to date on the latest developments of our degree show and the ceramics work, find us through:

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Turning Point Showcase: Ceramicist Adam Simpson

Our last Turning Point Showcases this week started with the environmental work of Adam Simpson. Adam’s work focuses on the relationships between human and animals.

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As Adam explains, “my work has always been in ceramics and in my drawings and paintings too to do with the way we as humans see and treat animals as a whole, mainly this has been to do with endangerment and extinction, but this year in my final year of university I’ve taken a slightly different approach to my work. I am working with myths and legends like Pandora’s box and changing it so it’s a story from the animals perspective to make them the victim and not us. The idea behind this being how do we know these myths and legends are the true story, they could be altered stories of what happened to cover up mans crimes, good examples of this would be red riding hood and George and the Dragon because how do we know the wolf and dragon were bad guys because as we know stories are written and told by the victors. I suppose this means that were I place myself in my practice as a narrator using clay like an author uses pages in a book to weave his stories.”

To view more of Adam Simpson’s work, he can be found by:

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From everyone at Turning Point, we would like to say a big thank you on behalf of our supporters who helped us achieve our goal of £1,800. We are now in the midst on putting together our catalogues and finishing our work ready for our assessments and exhibition on the 30th of May to the 5th of June. To keep up to date on the latest developments of our degree show and the ceramics work, find us through:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/17turningpoint?fref=ts

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Turning Point Showcase: Ceramicist Joe Simmons

Our first showcase this week is the ceramics work of Joe Simmons, who’s work you could say is very straight and to the point.

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Joe states “I have a reference to the role; a very open start, but allows certain rules, the prosecutor at the beginning of the book. After this, work is now likely intuitive and tells answers to the question. And is a very most, upmost effective way to work, and praise to god and to the lack of control over their practice. I often find work, from what I expected; balls and frustration – tell a completely different direction. I am standing and making signs that I would do over the work, with all my arm and face sizes. The perfect implementation of the concept only is the machine side end. My way, tends to make the results of the work. I am having high thoughts and oddest brain shaping that it can go, perhaps in the bigger hills to. I realized that I actually met or not met. I describe what I do, such as three-dimensional, I think it is the most telling what they are, even if they start with clay bakes. I am telling a goat that works in many places. Venn diagram is not to make it become a thing or all the other, another joint material. I hope that there is a universal, in her luggage stuff and things, interacted with and tried to think, of other stuff and other things.”
To find out more about Joe’s work and the other ceramicists featured in the show, link on the clicks below:
Also if you would like to be more involved in our Turning Point Exhibition, we have an Indiegogo page set up where you can support our ceramicists and also get your hands on some ceramics work from the show, find out more here:

Turning Point Showcase: Ceramic Sculptor Amber Yoyo Lei

This week’s final showcase looks into a different area of ceramics, Amber Yoyo Lei uses ceramics as a means of expression and to question ourselves as humans, the way we feel being a key aspect.

“ I create work based on the idea of us, human beings. Not only forms but emotions and how we function. We, us, ourselves are human beings and yet we never can understand ourselves completely as I believe that if we do not understand ourselves and how we feel and what we are, we should not have the rights to understand things around us. “

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“Your Truly”

“The concept behind “Your Truly” is the idea of stripping down us, humans, into the very minimum, focusing on human emotions. “Skin” is one of the key elements, which divide us into different groups, but beneath it, we are all the same. However it could case pain and wars.The human parts were chosen through an experiment between a female and male, which I asked them to looked to each other for 1 min and pour porcelain slips on to others different parts. They may choose between white, red and black porcelain slip depending on their emotions towards each other within that 1 min.Using porcelain as the medium to create “skin” show fragility, but by piling them together it gives a solid compact structure. Just like how we human beings are in society. It also represents the different layers of emotions and faces we put on to get us through lives.”

To find out more information about Amber Yoyo Lei’s work, click on the link below:

Blog – https://amberylt.wordpress.com/

As part of the our exhibition Turning Point, we are receiving support and donations through our Indiegogo website in order to cover costs for shows and our catalogue. Included in this you habe a chance of also being involved in the show and possibly getting your hands on some ceramic work. To find out more, see the link below:


Turning Point Showcase: Ceramicist Kevin Plummer

Our showcase week begins with the work of Kevin Plummer, who uses the background behind processes in connection with technique.

For Kevin, “this work is an alchemic reaction to empirical, conceptual, and design processes, combined with evidence that reconciling disparate concepts is not necessarily a fruitless exercise. Where Isaac Newton, along with many Renaissance scientists, spent countless hours attempting to turn base elements into elusive precious metals with no success, the modern ceramicist has the power to do this, through an understanding of essential periodic table components, and meticulous firing procedures.”

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“In-glaze lusterware had a prominent heyday a century ago, within the Art Nouveaux and Art Deco movements. The intervening years have seen a marked divergence between utilitarianism and aesthetically functional ceramics. These pieces are a culmination of painstaking material investigation, with the emphasis on nuanced procedural alteration. Through a juxtaposition of textured matte underglaze surface and cobalt lustre finish, as well as smooth surfaces and ridged, banded surface articulation and decoration, this work interrogates the dichotomies of polarities. However, these pieces also embody a reconciliation; disparate elements, although diametrically opposed, also underpin (and complement) each other’s existence and veracity.”

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