Ones to watch: New Designers 2017

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New Designers is back for another year, showcasing the work of over 1,500 graduate makers from university degree courses from across the UK. The CR team visited the fair to scout for emerging makers and enjoy the diversity of ceramics on show. Here are five that stood out to us: 

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Work by Alice Funge - De Montfort University, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review

Work by Alice Funge – De Montfort University, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review

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Leicester’s De Montfort University showed this eye-catching display of work by Alice Funge. The slip decoration of the wheel-thrown range of functional pottery is inspired by ‘the everyday marks created during our daily routines, particularly in cooking and baking,’ she says.

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Work by Ann Corbett - City Lit, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review

Work by Ann Corbett – City Lit, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review

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London’s City Lit stand caught our eye thanks to the line-up of ceramics with a distinctly sculptural focus. These small-scale pieces by Ann Corbett are an artistic response to the demise of coal mining in South Wales. Ann uses slip-cast porcelain fired in saggars containing substances such as metal, paper, fibreglass and materials from the Welsh hills.

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Work by Caitlin Darby - Staffordshire University, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review

Work by Caitlin Darby – Staffordshire University, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review

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Stoke on Trent’s Staffordshire University showed a wide variety of ceramic design, including a display of tableware by student Caitlin Darby. Caitlyn designs slip-cast functional ware with a focus on glazes; pictured right is an espresso cup and saucer decorated through a process of marbling.

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Work by Jacob Chan - Carmarthen School of Art, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review

Work by Jacob Chan – Carmarthen School of Art, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review
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South Wales’ Carmarthen School of Art‘s stand featured this display of vessels, small and large, by Jacob Chan. In both concept, technique and style, the pieces draw from Jacob’s dual Chinese and British national identity. These wheel-thrown, slip-decorated works are inspired by shipwreck pottery – specifically Chinese pottery found in Western waters.

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Work by Eve Tiannan Guo - Central Saint Martins, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review

Work by Eva Tiannan Guo – Central Saint Martins, New Designers 2017. Photo Ceramic Review
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The display of work from Central Saint Martins, London, showed a broad variety of approaches to ceramics. A table setting showcased Eva Tiannan Guo‘s Dim Sum set for steaming dumplings, in which each part was inspired by a different part of the bamboo plant. The finely-thrown porcelain set, entitled Taan Cha, combines a traditional celadon glaze with sleek contemporary design.

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What work stood out to you at New Designers 2017? Let us know on Twitter @ceramicreview or on Facebook (facebook.com/ceramicreview).

New Designers: Part 1 runs from 28 June – 1 July 2017 at the Business Design Centre, London. Discover more at newdesigners.com and share your highlights using the hashtag #ND17.

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