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TURN AGAIN Form meets function at the Royal College of Art’s contemporary ceramics fair, Ceramic Art London
ecognising some of the world's best contemporary ceramicists is what the Royal College of Art’s latest exhibition is all about. Ceramic Art London is a collaboration between Ceramic Review and Craft Potters Association and it sees the exquisite work of 80 emerging and established artists featured in a weekendlong fair held in the RCA’s Henry Moore and Gulbenkian Galleries. Now in its 11th year, Ceramic Art London is not just for avid collectors or those in the industry; it is for all pottery enthusiasts. Visitors of the shoppable event can expect ceramics spanning a range of forms, as well as a programme of expert talks, technique demonstrations and films. Before you discover these playmakers of porcelain, take a look below at our pick of Ceramic Art London’s leading artists. O u r Favo u r ite F o u r
Chris Keenan aving shown at galleries from the V&A and Contemporary Art Society in London, to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and York Art Gallery, Chris Keenan’s elegant works are coveted by the British audience. But his H
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Myung Nam An, Golden Eye series, slipcast porcelain
pieces also have global appeal, too, as the former apprentice of Edmund de Waal spent six weeks as Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art’s Artist-in-Residence. The Japanese ethos of marrying form and function was certainly a perfect fit for Keenan’s double-glazed porcelain designs, which, despite their fine appearance, are built for everyday use. Despite only starting in ceramics in his mid-30s, this late bloomer has made substantial ground, now rivalling his contemporaries one bowl, cup and jug at a time.
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Myung Nam An yung Nam An’s aim is simple: to encourage us to think. Whether it’s by putting forward designs that challenge our notion of beauty, or by encouraging us to question a certain issue she feels needs addressing, Myung's audience is pushed to become active participants when examining her work. Figuring out how to transform cultural images and events into a ceramic medium is part of the fun, says Myung, whose abstract designs have been presented in highly respected showcases M
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