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Show RCA 2019

Joshua Kerley

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  • I am a glassmaker whose practice is characterised by an inquisitive, experimental and progressive engagement with materials and process. With a practice that moves deftly between art, craft and design, I endeavour to push the boundaries of kiln glass into new and exciting territories and reassess the traditional perceptions of glass; technically, aesthetically and materially.

    My work is concerned with themes of materiality and material resonance. Glassmaking has a rich and fertile heritage of imitating other materials – particularly those of higher value and status. I utilise the transformative power and metamorphic capabilities of glass to emulate the physical characteristics of other materials; however, by referencing lower-value, modest materials, I aim to challenge the orthodoxies of material hierarchy, value and status.

  • Previous degrees

  • Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education, Falmouth University, 2016; BA Contemporary Crafts, Falmouth University, 2011
  • Experiences

  • Student recruitment and outreach co-ordinator, Falmouth University, Falmouth, 2011–14; Senior technician (glass), Falmouth University, Falmouth, 2014–2016; Glass tutor, City & Guilds of London Art School, London, 2018
  • Exhibitions

  • Emerge/Evolve 2018, Bullseye Projects, Portland, USA, 2018; Emerge Evolve 2018, Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area Gallery, Emeryville, USA, 2019; Emerge/Evolve 2018, The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, USA, 2019; Emerge / Evolve 2018, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, USA, 2019–2020; Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2019; Graduate Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2019; Miscellany, 7 Wetherby Gardens, London, 2019
  • Awards

  • Royal College of Art x Pilchuck Glass School, Partner Scholarship, 2018; Royal College of Art x Cumbria Crystal, Glassware Design Project, 2018; Bullseye Emerge, Academic Gold Award, 2018
  • Funding

  • Charlotte Fraser Scholarship
Royal College of Art