2016 Finalists

Evangeline Corton

Matt Davis

Zak Holden

Charlotte Kay

Rowan Siddon

Veega Tankun

2016 WINNERS … Matt Davis and Rowan Siddons

Matt Davis

Matt has used the Bursary to purchase materials to create new pieces which will be exhibited at Ceramic Art London and at New Designers 2017.

Matt completed his MDes 3D Design and Craft at the University of Brighton in 2016. He has set up his business, Ceramicsx, and now works from a studio in Brighton. He has used the bursary to purchase raw materials which have been used in experiments to refine the quality and finish of his vessels. He has now created a new bottle vessel which incorporates these aesthetic improvements. Matt has exhibited at Hand Made in Britain and received feedback from the Selection Panel regarding the presentation of his work and packaging.

Matt’s vessels attempt to mark appreciation of the hyperreal by physically appearing to be virtual. While the work is intended as a digital/analogue fusion, working with computers versus ceramics, they aim to challenge perceptions of technology and traditional craft. These binary objects are slip case in fine bone china.

Matt was selected to exhibit at Ceramic Art London in 2017, where the Craft Pottery Charitable Trust awarded him the Emmanuel Cooper Award.  As part of this Award, some of his work has been placed in the collection of The Pottery Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent.  He was also invited to exhibit at Decorex 2017 on the Future Heritage stand, curated by Corinne Julius.  Visit Matt’s website.

Rowan Siddons

Artist Statement:

The effect that humans have on the planet is astonishing. We build cities that cover vast areas of the earth, cutting back nature and removing what is pure. Architecture, a representation of human’s developmental attitude for progression, is seen to slowly move and morph like a destructive organism, demanding space and place on the planet. It is here, in this unsaid battle, that my fascination for the natural and urban landscapes are set.
As a printmaker, the etching process is my preferred choice of creation. Using a self-taught multi-plate printing processes, I aim to show my understanding and interest in the human’s thirst for growth and development, and the effect it has on the natural environment. In my current work, architecture is represented as basic forms, rigid in structure, and firmly placed. It is within these forms that natural textures are trapped and, unable to escape, bound by the forms and the space that surrounds them.

How has the Bursary helped you?

The Bursary, given through participation in the trial run for the Richard Seager Annual Arts Award, has helped me on many levels. At the beginning of my career, receiving the Bursary gave me much-needed hope and inspiration to search out and put myself forward for other artist opportunities, with faith in my work and in myself. Just knowing that my conceptual printmaking was admired by Mrs Seager allowed me to believe and trust in myself as an artist. This has not only helped me physically and materially, but also mentally. I have applied for a number of different artist opportunities with true hope that I can achieve my goals. I also acquired paper, inks and a selection of tools, without the worry of how I would afford them. This has allowed me to stay focused on my printing and art making, which is what every artist wants and desires. Thank you for allowing my creativity to venture to new levels.

In 2016 Rowan beat 600 applicants to win a Residency at the Neo:Gallery23 in Bolton.  His work is currently on display in their “Architectonic” exhibition until 7 January 2018.

Visit Rowan’s website