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Judy McKenzie

MA work

Drifting Focus

This body of work explores the processes of Nerikomi and Kintsugi for the creation of unique and decorative ceramic objects. Nerikomi focuses full attention on the manipulated porcelain clay. Coloured with stains and oxides, and using hand-building techniques, patterns are created within the material. Kintsugi, embraces the imperfections that can occur during the processes involved in the construction and firing. My fascination with both techniques is not only that the clay and pattern combine to become the material of the object, but also, the true character and materiality of the clay can be exploited and brought to centre stage. When manipulated, the plasticity of the clay encourages movement, forming naturally soft lines, which appear to drift in and out of focus within the designs. Kintsugi becomes a precious scar, reminding us that strength and beauty exists in fragility.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2018

  • The focus of my work has been the compelling materiality of the clay and my connection to it. Clay is a beautiful substance with which to work, malleable, compliant and sensual. It possesses a will of its own and so the process between maker and clay becomes a conversation, an intimate dialogue. To completely immerse oneself in making by hand is a very human and enormously gratifying and valuable experience.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons)3D Design and Craft (1st Class), Havering College of Further and Higher Education, 2015
  • Experience

  • Artist in Residence, Havering College of Further Education 2015–2016; Teacher of Ceramics, Walter Boyce Day Centre for adults with Learning Disabilities, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Materialise, Preston Fitzgerald Residence, London, 2018; Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, 2018; Emerging Makers, Bils & Rye Gallery, Yorkshire, 2016; In the Window, Cecilia Colman Gallery, London, 2016; Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries, London, 2016; Graduate Exhibition, Bevere Gallery, Worcester, 2016; Sculpture and Ceramic Exhibition, Royal Opera Gallery, London, 2015; Anglian Potters Showcase, Innovations in Ceramic Art, Cambridge, 2015; Connect2colour Finalist Exhibition, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London, 2015
  • Awards

  • The Royal Overseas League Trophy Prize 2018; One to Watch Craft&Design Magazine 2015