UClay exhibition to celebrate ceramics stars moulded in Preston

Posted on - 21st March, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
A previous MA Ceramics graduate exhibition
A previous MA Ceramics graduate exhibition

A new exhibition will celebrate work by emerging artists from UCLan’s MA Ceramics course.


The UClay exhibition of ceramic work has been organised by a group of students who graduated in 2018.

Organiser Micaela Schoop said: “The aim of this exhibition is to give people involved in the MA Ceramics course a platform to share their work.

“We also want to highlight the importance of this course, which is one of very few ceramics-only degree courses left in the country, and the impact it has had on the students’ artistic development.”

The exhibition at UCLan will involve more than 20 makers who span four generations of graduates. Current students are being given the chance to show work in progress, while former students can show their new work and its progression since they left the course.

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Micaela continued: “In that sense UClay is about the MA Ceramic ‘journey’ at UCLan and beyond, allowing each artist’s work to develop and express their unique and deeply personal approach to working with clay.

“The range of work on show is diverse, covering numerous types of ceramics: craft, design, function, decorative, one-off, industrial, sculptural, conceptual or architectural, with a strong emphasis on making. 

“The MA Ceramics programme has an excellent track record of placing graduates in professional practice. Halima Cassell and Anna Lambert are two examples of very successful and highly regarded makers who graduated from the course.

“Sharing this formative artistic and educational experience with other likeminded students has been challenging, rewarding and always enriching, and is a good start for any emerging artist.”

The exhibition also includes work by teaching staff, plus macro photographic images of the ceramic work on display.

The UClay exhibition will take place at PR1 Gallery in UCLan’s Victoria Building. It will be open on weekdays from 9am to 5pm starting on Wednesday 3 April, and will finish on Wednesday 24 April.

Will you be going to the exhibition? Let us know in the comments below.

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