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Interpreting Ceramics 

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UWE’s Dr Matthew Partington has had a book chapter included in Interpreting Ceramics published by Wunderkammer Press.  

The chapter, Espresso, Exoticism and Earthenware: the coffee bar ceramics of the Picassoettes, 1952 – 1960, charts the birth of coffee bars in Britain and explores the design influences upon them. The principle focus is the work of three artist potters who made ceramics for a number of the coffee bars and whose work represented a unique meeting of art, design and commerce. Drawing on oral history interviews with the artists and previously unpublished photographs, Partington discusses how those who worked on the coffee bar interiors operated: how the commissions came about, how the overall design schemes worked and what the finished interiors were meant to do.  

Interpreting Ceramics, Selected Essays demonstrates the diverse interests explored by a range of international writers on ceramics since the year 2000. The essays were originally published on-line in the journal Interpreting Ceramics and have been selected to represent the first ten years of the journal content. Written by practitioners as well as leading academics, they vary in length, tone and approach. Some were accepted for publication through the journal s normal peer-review process, others began life as conference papers and others were submitted in response to special initiatives such as the Speak for Yourself project. Collectively they reflect the vibrant and scholarly debate that has characterised the web pages of Interpreting Ceramics and underline its contribution to the field.

Creative Industries Degree Show 2012 

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The Edge of Collapse 

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An arresting new series of photographs by Suzanne Mooney will be on display at Spike Island between 21 January and 25 March, with a Private View on Friday 20 January between 18:00 and 20:00 to which UWE staff and students are invited.

Suzanne uses various printing techniques and paper types to 'harness a tension between an object and its representation'. She is interested in the potential sculptural qualities of photography and within her carefully composed images she studies line, form and scale to unsettle viewers' perceptions of architectural and pictorial space, without using any digital manipulation.

Come along and see for yourself!

DAA student wins Jerwood student prize 

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Congratulations to Drawing and Applied Arts student Kristian Fletcher who has won one of the prestigious student awards from the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011 for his work Lake (below).

Kristian’s interest lies in architecture, space and geometry and draws on ten years of experience within the construction industry.

The winning work from the Jerwood Prize 2011 is on display at the Jerwood Space in London until 30 October before going on a national tour.

This follows on from another DAA student, Roxanne Goffin's win two years ago.

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Interwoven Print 

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2011 Drawing and Applied Arts graduate Luke Agnew has an exhibition from 29 July - 4 August at Southbank on Dean Lane in Southville, between 18:00 - 22:00 every day. Luke describes his work in the exhibition as "balancing both hand printed patterning and conceptual installation. Embracing traditional printing methodology alongside a modernist perspective of urbanised rejuvenation, the exhibition demonstrates colourful interpretations of celtic knotwork and Islamic mandalas".

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