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In the Inez Greenberg Gallery...

Urban Parallel: A Celebration of the History and Legacy of Ceramics in Glasgow, Scotland

A concurrent exhibit during Claytopia, the National Council on Education for Ceramic Artists (NCECA) conference

Exhibiting Artists: Susan O’Byrne, Livia Marin, Jonathan Wade, Dawn Youll, James Rigler, and Andrea Walsh

March 1 – 30, 2019
Artists Reception: Thursday, March 28, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Ceramic Masterclass with exhibiting artist, Susan O’Byrne: March 25 & 26, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The exhibition, “Urban Parallel, a celebration of the history and legacy of ceramics in Glasgow, Scotland” brings together the work of six Scottish-based acclaimed contemporary sculptural makers in clay: Andrea Walsh, Dawn Youll, James Rigler, Susan O’Byrne, Livia Marin and Jonathan Wade.

In response to the 2019 NCECA conference theme of Claytopia, the exhibition “Urban Parallel” hopes to recognise a shared industrial history and ceramic legacy between Minneapolis and Glasgow, Scotland. Each artist included in this exhibition has relocated their practice to or is associated with Glasgow, one of Europe’s leading creative capitals. Acknowledging either the city’s past and its era of Victorian pottery production or its modern vibrant urbanism, “Urban Parallel” references the cultural rebirth of a post-industrial Glasgow. In this context, the exhibition intends to highlight this city’s relevance as a creatively innovative ambitious hub whose industrial heritage has in part fostered an exciting contemporary ceramic sector.

Learn more about Claytopia, NCECA's 53rd annual conference, here!

About the Artists

Livia Marin was awarded her MA in Visual Art from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago in 2004 before moving from her native Chile to London to earn a PhD in Art at Goldsmiths College. After living and working in London for 12 years and searching for a stimulating artistic context, she became artist-in-residence at the Glasgow Ceramic Studio, an experience that motivated her to move to Glasgow and became a full-time member of the Studio. Marin employs every day and consumer objects to enquire into the nature of how we relate to material objects. Her work is presented as both large-scale installations and discrete objects. She has explored diverse techniques and materials, and lately has been exploring the possibilities of ceramics. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally.

Broken Things, earthenware, Livia Marin

Susan O’Byrne is originally from Cork, Ireland and studied at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Susan’s work has received several awards and has been acquired by public collections including the Canterbury Museum (England), the Hunt Museum (Ireland) and the Archie Bray Foundation (US).
Specializing in the making of allegorical animal forms, Susan has developed a unique set of making processes which aim to reflect and articulate human sensitivity. Her work is inspired by historical making processes, folk art as well as museum and private object collections.
Susan’s most recent work has seen a development of her surface pattern to reference historic domestic needlepoint. This has involved the designing and production of laser-cut stencils that are used to print intricate, lace like patterns in very thin sheets of paper-porcelain which are then cut and collaged on to the surface of her forms. Susan now lives and works in Glasgow, UK and her work is exhibited nationally and internationally.

Deer with Alphabet Blanket, porcelain paper clay, Susan O'Byrne

James Rigler studied 3D Craft at the University of Brighton before graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Ceramics and Glass in 2007. Now based in Glasgow, Scotland, he has exhibited widely and examples of his work can be found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the UK Crafts Council and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
In 2013-14, Rigler undertook a six-month ceramics residency with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Additional residencies include the International Ceramics Research Centre, Denmark, and Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, China. In 2012 he was selected for the Jerwood Maker’s Open, and in 2014 he was the recipient of the European Ceramic Context New Talent Award. Rigler’s bold and vibrant ceramic sculptures are inspired by the language of architectural ornament, including its most monumental and grandiose schemes. He describes his most recent work as being ‘led by thoughts of ruined and abandoned ancient places, romantic landscapes and stage sets’. His objects have emphatic, epic presence, cut adrift from their original contexts to take on new meanings.

Table and Block, ceramic and metal leaf, James Rigler

Jonathan Wade’s work explores ideas of materiality, permanence, intervention and perception. His training and background are in ceramics and he completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in 2013. He often includes other materials, with two-dimensional works and photography forming an important part of his practice.
Jonathan has been making and exhibiting his ceramics for the last fifteen years, working initially from the south coast of England and then London. He moved to Glasgow in spring of 2016 to join the strong art community north of the border, and joined the Glasgow Ceramic Studio soon after, going on to become one of the partners in the studio.
Jonathan has been an artist in residence at Cove Park in Scotland and at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China. He is represented by Adrian Sassoon in London.

Untitled Accumulation, reduction-fired porcelain, Jonathan Wade

Andrea Walsh lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland. She set up her studio in 2005 following the completion of a degree in fine art at Staffordshire University, and postgraduate study in glass at Edinburgh College of Art. She has since received invaluable support from the Crafts Council (UK) and Creative Scotland, enabling the continued creative development of her practice that pushes the boundaries of her chosen materials – ceramics and glass.
A significant contribution to her practice has been the award of residencies including the ‘International Craft Residency’ at Cove Park, Scotland; and the ‘Artist Into Industry Residency’ through the British Ceramics Biennial – a project with the ‘Minton’ brand based at the Wedgwood ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent (UK), which facilitated learning directly from master craftsmen, and allowed privileged access to historical archives. This opportunity continues to influence her practice to the present day.
Andrea has established a growing exhibition profile in the UK and internationally. Her work has been shortlisted for the British Ceramics Biennial Award on three occasions, purchased for major public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh, and in 2017 was one of twelve finalists in the BBC Radio 4/V&A Museum/Crafts Council ‘Woman’s Hour Craft Prize’.
Andrea’s work is an exploration of the box and vessel form, through which she is interested in ideas of containment, materiality, preciousness, and value. Working with ceramics in combination with glass, she seeks to celebrate their shared material qualities including purity and translucency and is influenced by their alchemic nature and rich historical associations.

Contained Box, fine bone china and glass, Andrea Walsh

Dawn Youll is a ceramicist, originally from Sunderland, now based in Glasgow. She studied ceramics at Glasgow School of Art and later at Cardiff School of Art & Design UWIC.
Her ceramics have been exhibited widely and feature in the permanent collections of the V&A (UK) and the Crafts Council (UK) and she is represented in the UK by Marsden Woo Gallery, London. In 2011 she was the recipient of an Arts Foundation Ceramic Fellowship, she was awarded a Jerwood Makers award in 2009 and she has represented the UK in the European Ceramic Context 2010 exhibition Bornholm, Denmark and Ceramics – The New Generation European Crafts Council exhibition, Paris.
Dawn Youll’s sculptural practice centers on the exploration of a personal landscape. The urban environment, the studio setting, and the making process itself all play a part in the development of her ornamentally scaled ceramic sculptures. From research gathered, she selects and considers form, color, surface, and words as separate elements, gradually allowing them to find comfortable partners and groupings as a body of work develops. Using clay as her chosen medium and traditional ceramic techniques like modelling, plaster forming, mold making and slip casting, Dawn explores the power of the ceramic ornament as a carrier of stories, produced throughout history to record and commemorate many aspects of daily life. She applies surface and color to blank slip cast components and curates combinations of semi-abstract ceramic sculptures in order to explore potential narratives. Typically the resulting juxtapositions of both familiar and ambiguous shapes hint at some kind of human intervention or pattern of behavior, collectively creating a context of meaning.

Canister, ceramic and glass, Dawn Youll

claytopia
Exhibit concurrent with Claytopia, the National Council on Education for Ceramic Artists (NCECA) conference