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Craft Scotland and VAS Celebrate Ceramics

Craft Scotland is delighted to partner with Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) to bring you the first in our series of media specific showcases that will shine a spotlight on a different craft discipline each year. We will celebrate our mutual ambition to exhibit quality craft in a venue fitting of its stature, and in context alongside works of fine art. You will be able to see this showcase as part of VAS' annual exhibition at Scottish National Galleries Academy Building on The Mound, Edinburgh in December 2016. 

"We are delighted to be partnering with VAS and to build on the impact of our new Craft Scotland prize introduced last year. VAS equally value high-quality craft and fine art and offer the opportunity to showcase them on the same platform in the prestigious RSA premises during their annual exhibition. We are grateful our three invited ceramic artists agreed to be part of this year’s event and are excited to see their installations." says Fiona Logue, Director of Craft Scotland.  

The three invited ceramicists will form the starting point for a wider celebration of the diverse discipline of ceramics, learn more about them below:

James Rigler - Ceramic Showcase at VAS Exhibition

James Rigler
James makes large, architecturally-inspired ceramic and mixed-media works that attempt to decode the hierarchies within objects and buildings. Often using highly-finished elements to mirror mass-produced objects, his work is both familiar and strange, precise yet handmade.

In 2013 - 2014 Rigler undertook a six-month ceramics residency with the Victoria and Albert Museum and is now included in their public collection.

VAS Prize - Dawn Youll

Dawn Youll
Dawn’s work has developed from the figurative to the more abstract in form but has remained constantly centred on the exploration of a personal landscape. The urban environment, the studio setting, and the making process itself all play a part in the development of her ornamentally scaled ceramic sculptures.

Vas Craft Scotland Prize - Susan Obyrne

Susan O’Byrne
Susan makes ceramic animal sculptures using a very personal and unique method. She makes wire frameworks onto which she applies layers of printed and patterned porcelain paper-clay. Her animals are not intended to be literal representations of specific species. Rather, she thinks of them as creatures inhabiting other worlds and as vehicles for the expression of human emotions.


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