With a background in architecture new Manifold member Marta Bordes approaches ceramics as an outsider, looking at it from an unbiassed perspective, questioning its language and its applications. Marta recently graduated from MA Design at Central Saint Martins. Her collection Elastic Lights challenges ceramics in an unconventional application: a playful and unashamed combination of ceramics and bungee cord in a low-tech articulated system that celebrates the technical side of ceramics and encourages the interaction with the user.
New Manifold member Tessa uses various hand-building methods to create complex, curious and ambiguous sculptures where overlooked details of microscopic arrangements are revealed. She aims to fix ungraspable states of fleeting cloud formations, representing the ideal and perishable, doom and fantasy. The otherworldliness of natural phenomena transports one away from the mundane, allowing fixed ceramic form to appear alive.
The dynamism produced when repetitive parts in growing systems mutate suggests awareness of life's impermanence. Grouping pieces enhances their persona as the tense dialogue breeds an atmosphere of congruence and conflict.
The shift from geometry, irregularity, order to chaos raises questions about emotional transience. The voluminous expanding clouds and harsh meshes revealing internal space lends a physicality to the work where the void is celebrated as a life force.
Time is devoted to glaze testing and multiple firing so that equally through use of rich glaze surface and form, pieces develop depth of character.
Jerwood Makers Open is an annual commission, recognising the most exciting new talents in contemporary applied arts. This year Manifold are proud to announce that Zachary Eastwood-Bloom and Ian Mcintyre have been selected for the Jerwood Makers Open. Our friend Jasleen Kaur was also selected and has been working on her Marbled Busts alongside our team in the studio.
Jerwood Makers July 8th - 30th August, Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, Bankside, London, SE1 0LN
"Jewels are, for me, movable objects that evolve and engage with the body”
This obsession for adaptability led her research to focus on finding new alternatives in hinges and links beyond their traditional jewellery uses.
Toying with her heterogeneous materials, Marina initiates conversations between contrasting materials, volumes and shapes. Her interest is located not in isolated, individual entities, but in their relationships and interactions. Fascinated by the importance of the link; the connection becomes a space to explore the balance between relationships, safety, isolation and detachment. Do these links highlight connections or distances? Is here a sense resilience or a gloomy disregard? Of void or absence?
Malene works with mixed media sculpture, making and arranging multiple components into complex narrative tableaux of visual excess. She tries to create a place beyond reality, a deceitful echo of the real world, that bends our perception of what is real. She aims to create a visual poetry based on her own personal story. www.malenehartmannrasmussen.com email@example.com
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Both Bethan and the talented Friend of Manifold Makiko Nakamura have been included in the latest edition of HESA inprint (the Finnish/English art publication).
This month's theme is Botany — Kasvitiede. You can read it online now and support HESA inprint by buying the genuine printed matter.
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Matt Jackson is a freelance sculptor and model maker for cinema, fine art, theatre, and product design. His experience in special effects for film has lead to a current focus in mask and puppet fabrication.
Personal pursuits involve photography and sound composition, with collaborative projects exercising the marriage of these mediums during live performances. Matt is also serving as a technician for The London College of Fashion in the jewellery, footwear, and technical effects for performance workshops, and is a visiting lecturer for Central School of Speech and Drama.
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Stuart makes thrown tableware, made in batch production to order. The pieces have a subtle movement, an impression from the maker and material process, which makes every piece individual.The work is made in this way to draw attention to the way in which the relationships we build with functional objects are similar to the ones we build with each other.
Stuart Carey 07779698490 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Makiko has worked with ceramics in both an art and design context, making one-off, narrative art pieces that have fantasy stories behind them. At the same time, she makes tableware focused on function and design. 'What a wonderful world' is the message in Makiko's creations.