Highlights of Ceramic Art London: CR’s top picks

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Ceramic Art London is back for its thirteenth instalment, returning this year to Central Saint Martins’ airy atrium. The CR team are here at the fair all weekend – if you’re visiting, do stop by to say hello! We’ve been keeping an eye out for the stands that we thought were particularly special. Here are our top five highlights:

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Lauren Nauman - Display at Ceramic Art London 2017 

Lauren Nauman holding her Winner: Ceramic Art London Best Newcomer award

Lauren Nauman - Display at Ceramic Art London 2017

Lauren Nauman’s display at Ceramic Art London 2017

Experimental ceramist Lauren Nauman is this year’s winner of our Best Newcomer to Ceramic Art London award. We find the delicate, basket-like strands of Lauren’s pieces intriguingly original. Lauren creates these through a process of slip-casting; the organic slumps and twists are created naturally through the firing of the kiln.

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Manos Kalamenios - Display at Ceramic Art London 2017

Manos Kalamenios’ display at Ceramic Art London

The first recipient of our Highly Commended Newcomer to Ceramic Art London award is ceramic artist and designer Manos Kalamenios. His work caught our eye for its canny use of the translucency of porcelain. Manos harnesses this quality of the material to create bold, graphic pieces that interact creatively with light.

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Sophie Southgate display - Ceramic Art London 2017

Sophie Southgate’s display at Ceramic Art London, featuring her award

The second winner of our Highly Commended Newcomer to Ceramic Art London award is ceramic artist Sophie Southgate. The vivid colours and bold forms demanded our attention, while her display featuring a series of rope-hung shelves felt contemporary and fresh.

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Jongjin Park - Display at Ceramic Art London 2017

Jongjin Park’s display at Ceramic Art London

This display by ceramic artist Jongjin Park caught our eye for its simplicity: all focus was placed on his strikingly innovative work. Jongjin creates his sculptures by painting paper towels with clay slip and pigment, then layering up to one thousand of these sheets together.

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Jill Shaddock - Display at Ceramic Art London 2017

Jill Shaddock’s display at Ceramic Art London

Jill Shaddock is our final top pick at the fair. The ceramic designer/maker’s distinctive multilayered slipcast tableware was set off by her tonally harmonious display – a tempting combination, we think.

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What do you make of our choices? What are your favourite ceramic displays at CAL 2017? Feel free to tweet and share your favourites with us, using @ceramicreview on Twitter and Instagram. Find out more about Ceramic Art London at ceramicartlondon.com.

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