I've been very busy lately so it's taken me a little longer than anticipated to let you know about the Rising Stars opening night at the New Ashgate Gallery.
having only been to Farnham once before, to use the glass blowing facilities at UCA I've not actually seen much of the town itself. It's very pretty (I'll be honest I saw very little of it again this time too) and the New Ashgate Gallery sits proudly on a corner, welcoming you as you walk towards it. I took my friend Hannah who I met on the Goldsmiths Getting Started Course and we could see that the gallery was already bustling full of people.
All exhibitors received a free catalogue of the exhibition, with another of the Goldsmiths Getting Started alumni having her work on the front cover, Evgeniia Balashova (click on her name to see her wesbite, featuring her unique 3D printed jewellery). I made my way round the gallery taking photos, excuse the quality but I used my phone rather than a camera!
These beautiful ceramic forms greeted us , created by Lauren Nauman who likes to explore the boudaries within clay through experiemantal processes.
As usual I was drawn to the silver pieces, these belong to Lucinda Nims. I love her simple elegant forms and the contrast between the precious metals.
These porcelain bottles are made by Rhian Malin and inspired by her grandmother's Willow Pattern collection. She hand paints these patterns.
I adore Brutalist architecture so its no surprise that my eye was caught by this tea set from Emma Johnson who cites the post war style as her influence.
Halfway through the evening the overall winner was announced as Julie Massie who makes wonderful porcelain creations, inspired by the Dorset coast. I have to admit that I thought these were made out of paper, each layer is so fine. She wins £500 along with a solo One Year On exhibition to sit alongside next years Rising Stars hopefuls.
And of course there was a One Year On solo exhibition for Emma Jane Rule showcasing her new work alongside some familiar favourites.
And last but not least was my work. It was a great night, thank you New Ashgate especially Outi, Vikki and Alison for all your hard work!
Don't forget that the exhibition is free entry and still on for another month so do pop in if you are in Surrey.