So it’s been a very long time since I last entered a news update and I glad to report it’s not because I have nothing to discuss.
Where do I begin? Well I completed my US lecture tour with RIT and Pratt rounding the whole journey off perfectly. I had a great time meeting so many students exciting embracing the potential of a new digital toolbox. My brief conclusion is that the
During my final couple of weeks in America I spent a lot of my time in New York Public Library writing an application for Creative Scotland Professional Development grant. I am very happy to say that I was awarded the grant which commenced from the 1st March. I’m not going to reveal too much however I will be looking into notion of the uncontrollable force.
So were was I? After a few years of dialogue with the Crafts Council of England I am pleased to announce that the works that are currently part of LabCraft are now part of their permanent collection. The acquired pieces include Shine 2010, Crossfire Teapot (bone china) and a bespoke large Crossfire Knife. I am so happy to be part of such an International collection.
2011 has brought a lot of adventures for my practice including the work traveling to the New York, London and Jerusalem. The latter I will be able to discuss soon. In April I was shown at SoFA NY with Joanna Bird Pottery and also gave a lecture titled ‘The Hand that Rocks the Cradle’. The talk went very well and surprised a few as my focus was on the narrative of my practice not the technology as everyone expected. In July I will be showing Crossfire at MoMA as part of the new Talk to Me exhibition, there is a fantastic chronographic website showing the live dialogue of the curators. The exhibition sounds so diverse, I’m so excited about this opportunity and hopefully I’ll get to go this MoMA PV.
Where next? Currently I’m showing with CraftScotland at COLLECT 2011 @ the Saatchi Gallery. The pieces I am showing are one-off pieces as I felt this was an excellent opportunity to experiment with the materiality of my practice. Highlights include the Silver cast cutlery and the solid clear cast wineglass. I believe I’ve got some gravity issues with the Wineglass however I’ll tackle that issue later (photos to follow).
There has been acouple of press events because of COLLECT however my highlight was being on BBC Radio Scotland. You can catch the brief intereview here.
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