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Mella Shaw

MA work

In my current practice I am exploring tipping points, thresholds and edges. I am particularly interested in capturing a sense of loss that I believe is present at the point of transition, when clay vitrifies into ceramics, in the dark behind the closed doors of a kiln. By utilising the pyroplasticity of porcelain – where the clay body sags, warps or bends under its own weight at high temperature – I reveal the playful tension present at this moment of metamorphosis. Where an object loses its order and momentarily gives way to chaos, movement and chance.

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  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2013

  • In my current practice I am exploring tipping points, thresholds and edges. I am particularly interested in capturing a sense of loss that I believe is present at the point of transition, when clay vitrifies into ceramics, in the dark behind the closed doors of a kiln. By utilising the pyroplasticity of porcelain – where the clay body sags, warps or bends under its own weight at high temperature – I reveal the playful tension present at this moment of metamorphosis. Where an object loses its order and momentarily gives way to chaos, movement and chance.

  • Degrees

  • Diploma, Ceramics, City Literary Institute, 2011; BA (Hons), Anthropology, Durham University, 2000
  • Experience

  • Head of Exhibitions, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 2008–11
  • Exhibitions

  • At Home, 7 Wetherby Gardens, London, 2012; Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, 2012; New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, 2011; Point of Departure, Great Western Studios, London, 2012
  • Awards

  • Winner, Behrens Trust Award, 2012; Winner, Waddesdon Manor Prize, 2012
  • Conferences

  • Ceramics in the Age of Longing, Ceramics - Professional Practice, Bath Spa University, 2013
  • Publications

  • 'A Class Apart – Best New Graduates 2013', Grant Gibson, Crafts Magazine, May/June 2013; 'Pop-Up Ceramics', Kimberly Chandler, Ceramic Review, Nov/Dec 2012; 'Homes and Property', London Evening Standard, 14 November 2012