Presenting the new wave of British making at the inaugural FORM Miami, 6–10 December 2017
This December, British Craft – The Miami Edit brings 10 rising stars of making in the UK to South Beach for a four-day showcase of the most exciting emerging talents in contemporary British craft and sculptural art. A partnership between the Crafts Council and The New Craftsmen, the exhibition represents the first time the work of many of these makers will have been shown in the US – introducing the ideas, materials and processes at the forefront of UK craft to a new international audience.
British Craft – The Miami Edit is showing at the debut edition of applied arts and sculpture fair FORM Miami, a new sister fair to SOFA Chicago.
The showcase is the fourth and final event in the Crafts Council’s two-year international exhibition programme, A Future Made, a partnership between the Crafts Council, the New Craftsmen, Craft Scotland and Ruthin Craft Centre.
The 10 makers have been selected from hundreds of submissions by the Crafts Council, and The New Craftsmen, each one chosen for their distinctive artistic voice, exceptional skill, and innovative approach to their practice.
In response to a resurgent international interest in craft and ceramics in particular, the exhibition places a strong emphasis on the discipline, with seven of the 10 makers presenting ceramic or ceramic-based works that reflect the limit-pushing ideas and pioneering approaches driving the practice forward in the UK today. One of the exhibiting makers – the raw-clay sculptor Phoebe Cummings – was named winner of the £10,000 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize.
The featured makers come from all over the UK, and will present exclusive new pieces, conceptual works and installations for the Miami Edit.
Ceramic artist Katie Spragg presents a place-responsive set of three clay-and-stone pieces inspired by the brickwork and wild flora encountered on her residency at Forde Abbey in Somerset in May this year. Her work features the area’s distinctive golden Hamstone, and wild plants, weeds and grass delicately depicted in porcelain.
Isle of Wight-based ceramic storyteller Sue Paraskeva and London designer-maker Sebastian Cox have collaborated on a contemporary and intricately hand-decorated Welsh dresser made using English elm and hand-cleft chestnut shakes, and featuring suspended vessels in finely thrown porcelain, incorporating precious metals.
Up-and-coming maker Leah Jensen has developed a pattern-mapping technique that allows her to recreate Renaissance paintings on the surface of her clay. For the Miami Edit – her first show outside the UK – Jensen has spent 133 hours creating The Tribute Money, a new vessel in black/brown clay bearing a pattern inspired by the eponymous fresco by Masaccio.
Winner of the inaugural Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, Phoebe Cummings works predominantly in unfired clay, creating ephemeral, exquisitely detailed site-specific pieces that are destroyed and reclaimed at the end of each exhibition. At the Miami Edit, she presents a symmetrical composition featuring a photograph of a completed work, Antediluvian Swag, juxtaposed with a fragmentary display of its clay components: flower heads, leaves and branches.
The work of industrial artist and designer Charlotte Kingsnorth reinterprets traditional materials and techniques to create unexpected forms and effects. For this exhibition, Kingsnorth has revisited upholstery methods to create My Big Fat Sofa, a biomorphic seat that is both beautiful and unsettling in its organic, fleshy form.
Ceramic artist Lauren Nauman works with plaster moulds and casting slips to make experiment-driven porcelain works that depend on the warping of clay in the kiln for their final form. At the Miami Edit, she is showing a selecting of her Lines series of sculptural vessels, formed from curving strands of porcelain.
Based in Pembrokeshire, Ashraf Hanna is an Egyptian-born designer/maker who works in both ceramics and glass, creating quietly elegant experimental forms. Four large, hand-formed ceramic vessels from his recent collections will be on show, displayed alongside Lauren Nauman’s works.
Textiles artist Anna Ray presents ‘Bloom (Marguerite)’ , a sculptural fabric work created in homage to Maureen Hodge’s 1976 tapestry Hill for my Friend. The first of a series of five works, it depicts the centre of a daisy in soft 3D textile forms.
Born in New Zealand and based in Glasgow, James Rigler uses ceramics to introduce notes of ambiguity to familiar or everyday forms. In Miami, he presents a selection of his more recent, experimental and instinctive work: playful, cartoonish pieces that incorporate gold leaf to create wood-like surface finishes. The inclusion of James Rigler is supported by Creative Scotland. James is represented by Marsden Woo Gallery, London.
See British Craft - The Miami Edit at FORM Miami: 1723 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA