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Ceramic Review Issue 311

September/October 2021

New Designers presents the work of 3,000 hand-picked graduate design talents, exploring every corner of design from around the UK. Here we find out more about ceramic artist Cicely Peers who is featured in the showcase

New Designers presents the work of 3,000 hand-picked graduate design talents, exploring every corner of design
from around the UK. The virtual event takes places online 30 June – 10 July 2021 at newdesigners.com where you can explore thousands of students works on the university profiles; connect with the freshest design talent and recruit the rising stars of tomorrow; attend the free talks programme which tackles the leading topics in design; and discover the winners of
the ND AWARDS.

One particular ceramic artist featured is Cicely Peers, graduating from Manchester School of Art. Cicely negotiates the boundaries between the handmade and mass produced, combining modern technologies with more traditional ceramic techniques. Using CAD she has devised a bespoke modular method of constructing segmental moulds for slipcast. The innovative method of mould assembly ensures that each piece can be a one-off.

Work by Cicely Peers; courtesy of the artist

Work by Cicely Peers; courtesy of the artist

The complex design includes multiple part moulds for slipcasting that are produced from 3D printed objects. Chosen for its transparency, the self glazing white Parian clay draws the viewers’ attention to the detail on the surfaces as well as to the residual evidence of the mould making construction method. Cicely has long had an interest in architectural materials and detailing. The source of inspiration for her St Davids Collection came from the joyous medieval encaustic floor tiles in St Davids Cathedral, Wales. Each piece created is a one-off, the innovative method of mould assembly allowing for almost infinite options in design form. Echoing the honesty of Arts and Crafts furniture construction (another source of inspiration), the pieces of The St Davids Collection have deliberately exposed joints, providing the viewer with ample evidence of (and the opportunity to appreciate) the materiality and processes involved in their construction.

From 30 June 2021 explore Cicely’s work on the New Designers website.