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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

Matt Davis Digital Ceramics

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

Ceramic Artists Now

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9 POTTERS TO WATCH IN 2018.

Featured in Ceramics Artists Now: 9 potters to watch in 2018.

Matt Davis makes work appearing to reside in the digital world which actually inhabits our physical space. It’s anxiety-inducing to imagine that tech could be more pervasive into our lives than it already is – and Davis is making sure we consider this.

Davis had a big year with a feature in Wallpaper* The New Futurists issue (2018),  participation in Decorex (2018), a selected collaborator for ECAlab (Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory, his work was picked up by Heal’s a high-end British furniture and furnishing retailer, and he won the ‘Emmanuel Cooper Award’ at Ceramic Art London. I could go on, but you get the idea – Davis is blowing up.

http://ceramicartistsnow.com/2018/01/12/9-potters-to-watch-in-2018-ceramic-artists-now/https://www.wallpaper.com/design/graduate-directory-ceramic-design-2018