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Ceramics Masterclass – Thames & Hudson

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Ceramics Masterclass – Thames & Hudson

 

Ceramics Masterclass is an indispensable introduction to the rich history and practice of ceramics. It examines 100 of the most beautiful and inventive artworks by the world’s greatest artists, exploring the way they were made, what they do well, and how and what we can learn from them. By following this book’s detailed analyses and instructive creative tips, you will learn how to command functional forms like Bernard Leach, sculpt lively works of art like Pablo Picasso and experiment with material like Takuro Kuwata.

Very proud to be included in this roll call of 100 ceramic artists by Lousia Taylor, published by Thames & Hudson.

Fantastic book with amazing artists, I have a little bit of imposter syndrome – will have to make some new and more exciting work to keep up!

https://thamesandhudson.com/ceramics-masterclass-9780500295717

https://www.louisataylorceramics.co.uk/

Tremen Commission, St Austell 2020.

Tremen commission St. Austell

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Tremen Comission; St. Austell, Cornwall

 

At the end of 2019 I was awarded the Tremen commission St. Austell to redesign a passageway to the main high street. I proposed my modular 3D, Geometric tiles that tesselate with themselves to form regular patterns and simultaneously in infinitely random patterns for the installation.

The inital designs were fairly ambitious within the available Tremen commission St. Austell budget. The current plan is to install mirror stainless steel cladding to the ceiling in order to maximise the sense of space. Tiled cladding installation to both side walls and LED track lights in parallel to the top of the walls.

https://whitegold.org.uk/

Tremen commission St. Austell install completed Sept 2020, rendering and or painting TBC.

Mirror steel cladding installed by http://bespokestainlesscornwall.co.uk/

Lighting installed by https://allconnectionselectrical.co.uk/

Installation of cladding acheived with Power Grab n Bond a revolutionary product in the field of heavy-duty versatile bonding.

Tremen Commission, St Austell 2020.
Tremen Commission, St Austell 2020.
Matt Davis Digital Ceramics

Digital Handmade

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This is the ‘Lo-res’ vessel that started this new journey for me. I’m still finding resistance to this work, despite that the medium is bone china & it’s a handcrafted, slip-cast object.

People are still saying to me oh I’m not sure about the 3dprinting… well this isn’t a physically printed object, but one of the tools to make it was. If there is an adversion to technology then maybe we should only be using kick wheels and wood fired kilns?

The digital design and production used here is but part of a process that backs up a concept, it’s meta_functional / non-utilitarian craft to me. Roland Barthes wrote about the Death of the Author, so if you buy a piece of my work and put flowers in it that’s up to you.

That said, this work don’t just pop out of a machine; it takes weeks to make one of these pieces and, as time is the only truly precious commodity we have, thanks for yours!

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ONES TO WATCH IN THE WORLD OF CERAMICS

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3 MAY 2018 – 15:26 BY SUE HERDMAN

In our spring issue, our Editor-in-Chief, Sue Herdman, explored how the medium of contemporary ceramics has reached its current boundary-breaking practice.

Here she spotlights the work of five ceramic artists whose reputations are on the rise.

MATT DAVIS

Matt Davis’s ceramic practice is, he says, ‘about challenging our preconceptions on the relationship between technology and traditional craft’. Combining digital technology with the handmade, he creates exciting pieces – from tiles to vessels – that he describes as ‘hyperreal’. Favouring the starkness of black or white, his works are made in a 3D printed mould and finished in bone china or porcelain. They are crisp and tactile, urging the viewer to explore them by touch.

Davis’s practice is growing in ambition and at this spring’s Ceramic Art London he showed three new works – his Li-ion vessels, Wedesus urn and Twist vessels. Last year, at the same show, he was the recipient of the Emmanuel Cooper Award, which saw three of his pieces go to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery at Stoke-on-Trent. Heal’s, meanwhile, chose him as one of four emerging designers to promote in its Heal’s Discovers collection. It’ll be fascinating to see what he does next. ceramicsx.co.uk

https://theartssociety.org/arts-news-features/ones-watch-world-ceramics

Financial Times ‘How to spend it’

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Financial Times; ‘How to spend it’ feature on contemporary ceramics.

 

Very pleased to be Featured in the Financial Times ‘How to spend it’: “Experimental ceramicists are creating pioneering porcelain that pairs radical techniques with shape shifting aesthetics”.

Experimental ceramicist Matt Davis uses Porcelain Craft traditions to create a futuristic aesthetic in his hyperreal vessels. His approach seeks to unify the two worlds of digital and analogue and his legacy reflects artefacts of the information age.

https://howtospendit.ft.com/house-garden/203372-pioneering-new-approaches-to-porcelain

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ECAlab at RIBA North

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Since its inception in 2011, ECAlab (Enviro Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory) has developed a number of research programmes which look to explore the possibilities of ceramics for sustainable technologies, while examining the role of emerging digital technologies alongside traditional ceramic craftsmanship skills.

Matt Davis was selected to collaboratorate for a ceramic lighting exhibition collaboration with ECAlab at RIBA North 2017

Photos: Chema Castelló

http://www.ecalab.org/chosen/

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Heals Discovers 2017

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Heal’s Discovers 2017

 

The Heal’s Buying team have scoured design and interiors shows around the UK and beyond to find the finest untapped talent in the UK. This year the common thread throughout the final selection is innovation in all its various shapes and forms. From digital design and 3D printing to the creative use of waste material to make striking surfaces, this year’s collection is as innovative and creative as ever.

Originally trained in graphic design, Matt Davis returned to his first love, ceramics, after 15 years away. After earning a first class degree in 3D Design and Craft, he began to explore the binary nature of ‘things’ by producing objects that appear to be virtual. Winning him a place on our Heal’s Discovers 2017 shortlist, multiple stages of software are used to create generative models that are 3D printed and then traditionally moulded and slip cast in liquid clay creating a truly 21st century ceramic collection that challenges the preconceptions of technology and traditional craft.

https://www.heals.com/blog/heals-discovers-2017/matt-davis-900-wide/

https://www.heals.com/blog/heals-discovers-2017/

https://www.heals.com/designer/matt-davis.html