Heading to Bovey Tracey: CR’s top picks

The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey’s showcase of over 200 of the UK’s finest designer-makers, returns this June. CR’s Assistant Editor, Katherine Caddy, takes us through her ones to watch ahead of the show

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‘I take existing vessels and recreate forms that reflect not only garish over-decorated 19th-century vessels but also the cubist theory of the 1910s and the deconstructivist period of the 1980s’

Eluned Glyn
CR met this maker at Top Drawer in January, and we think she’s one to watch. Eluned studied at Cardiff Metropolitan University, graduating in 2012 with a BA in Ceramics. Since then she has exhibited widely while developing her work, which distorts the domestic object as she reconstructs broken fragments of ceramics into solid blocks of clay. These pieces are almost marshmallow-like in appearance and are exciting in the way they draw the past firmly into the present.

elunedglyn.com

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Paul Wearing Cylinder 4

‘My work is a dialogue between the handmade and manifestations of nature’

Paul Wearing
You may have seen Paul Wearing’s work at Ceramic Art London earlier this spring, as one of the show’s newcomers. He is based at Fireworks Clay Studios in Cardiff, having trained at the University of Wales Institute. This ceramist takes texture as his key focus, with ‘diverse urban and rural landscapes’ being inescapable sources of inspiration. We implore you to get up close to these vessels.

paulwearingceramics.com

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‘The differing ways that humans relate to animals are of particular interest to me’

Marieke Ringel
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Marieke Ringel has spent a good portion of her life working with clay. Having completed courses in Ceramic Art at the University of Art and Design, Halle, Marieke moved to Devon this year and exhibited at Ceramic Art London in April. It was there that we first encountered her work first-hand, and were fascinated by the way the artist frames her ceramic figures, offering them isolation and space to be examined. 

cargocollective.com/mariekeringel

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‘I strive to make pieces that have a familiarity, a connection, that everyone can recognise and value’

Sue Pryke
Having worked for Wedgwood as a shape designer, Sue Pryke took her understanding of the ceramic form to new levels in creating her own ranges of tableware. Now based in Leicestershire, Sue describes herself as a tableware designer, and has exhibited at top ceramics shows including Ceramic Art London and collaborated with brands including IKEA and Next. We’re drawn to the crisp and contemporary edge to this maker’s pieces; particularly those in steely blue.

suepryke.com

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‘I like it to raise questions about techniques and materials, and for the answers to be unclear’

Sophie Southgate
This emerging ceramist’s work guarantees a splash of colour, with geometric, vibrant caves that make the pieces pop. Sophie Southgate is a former resident of Fireworks Clay Studios and recently set up her own teaching studio. We first spotted her work when she was shortlisted for Confessions of a Design Geek’s 2015 bursary, and have followed her progress since. Look out for our ‘Emerging maker’ feature on Sophie inside a future issue of CR, where we uncover her story so far.

sophiesouthgate.com

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The Contemporary Craft Festival is a weekend event, packed with workshops and activities for all ages, including craft demonstrations, children’s activities and live music. Meet the finalists from the BBC’s The Great Pottery Throw Down at the festival, who’ll be challenged to ‘throw down’ with fellow attendees. 10–12 June; craftsatboveytracey.co.uk

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