Alex is a ceramic and surface pattern designer who produces decorative wares with distinctive details and qualities. Inspired by the fusion of traditional patterns and styles, her work combines the use of traditional handcrafted and digitally produced techniques and processes to create distinct pieces that have an emphasis on intricate detailing and composition. All of her decorative wares are produced in porcelain, earthenware or Parian and have glaze enamel surface transfers applied.
Since graduating Alex has set up a studio with fellow Staffordshire graduates at the newly restored Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. Based in one of the pottery’s creative business units under the name of Tame Studios, visitors are able to watch the making process and then buy their finished work. Alex exhibits at events around the country and recently won a showcase award at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.
Jennie has been making precious jewellery at Persistance Works in Sheffield for 23 years. An Arts Council funded research trip to New York sparked an interest in vintage cut diamonds, which led to a more spontaneous approach to design.
Most pieces are one-offs, based around unique stones, often hand-cut, natural diamonds with flaws and inclusions that have a story to tell. As Jennie says “Stories are important to my work, I want to capture in each piece a sense of another life, maybe grander, maybe a completely different purpose, but always a past.”
Recently Jennie has been developing a range of fine cast iron jewellery and collaborating with the iconic fashionista Rita Britton and her own clothes range Nomad.
Eva’s first degree is in mechanical engineering but she has always felt drawn to sculpture and 3D construction. A few years ago she decided to pursue this and enrolled on the MFA Jewellery and Silversmithing course at Edinburgh College of Art from which she has recently graduated.
Her practice challenges notions of preciousness and value:
We live surrounded by an overflowing man-made world of objects which pass fleetingly through our lives without appreciation. At times, any one of these mundane items may awake a sympathy in us for seemingly intangible reasons.
In line with these notions, her practice relies on simplicity of form and material. By using digital technologies such as 3D-modelling and printing, Eva has been able to create wearable works of art that challenge our ideas of what jeweller is and should be.
Eva’s current work looks at how our natural resources are monopolised by multinational companies. In a hypothetical future, with increasing levels of air pollution, fresh air has become a lucrative commodity. She therefore designed containers for people to carry around the fresh air they would need to buy.
We have launched a new range of gifts inspired by The University of Nottingham Museum of Archaeology's own collections. There is a wide selection of products including tea towels, tote bags, pocket mirrors, jewellery, pottery and glass. They are inspired by both local collections of archaeology as well as international archaeological artefacts.The development of this new range has been supported by Arts Council England as part of their Resilience Funding programme, enabling us to be able to bring a variety of craftmakers into the Museum to produce new collections for the shop.