British Craft – The Miami Edit is a curated selection of works by craft makers and artists at the forefront of current practice in the UK. Recently back from its international showcase at FORM Miami, the show is now at The New Craftsmen in Mayfair, in partnership with Crafts Council.
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The Miami Edit is a long running partnership between The New Craftsmen, the Crafts Council, Craft Scotland and Ruthin Craft Centre. This year the 10 makers were selected by The New Craftsmen and the Crafts Council from hundreds of submissions, each was chosen for their distinctive artistic voice, exceptional skill, and innovative approach to practice. Late last year, British Craft – The Miami Edit was shown at the debut edition of applied arts and sculpture fair FORM Miami, a new sister fair to SOFA Chicago.
In response to a resurgent international interest in craft and in particular ceramics, 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.
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.
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. These pieces were commissioned by Flow Gallery, London.
Isle of Wight-based ceramic storyteller Sue Paraskeva and London designer-maker Sebastian Cox have collaborated on a contemporary and intricately hand-decorated dresser made using English elm and hand-cleft chestnut shakes, and featuring suspended vessels in finely thrown porcelain, incorporating precious metals.
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 pieces that depend on the warping of clay in the kiln for their final form. At The Miami Edit, she is showing a selection 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.