BA Ceramics Students – Cardiff School of Art & Design
Gesam = Total
Kunst = Art
Werk = Work
The humble and ubiquitous ‘bowl’ is a form so familiar that it often goes unseen, blending into shelving, table tops, covered one beneath another, on draining boards, beneath food. It is at once so tightly woven into our domestic scene that it becomes all but invisible and at the same time punctuates our lives, sustains us.
In the first 6 weeks of their final year the BA students from CSAD are set the challenge to identify and distil the core characteristics of their individual practice into the form of a ‘bowl’. It is indeed a challenge, to retain the integrity of their ideas within a form not necessarily the prior focus of their work. In doing so the students must identify strongly with the nature of their practice in order that they retain a sense of integrity in the outcome.
The results are not simply ‘bowls’ - if there can ever be such a thing - but rather, a distillation of the practice of the graduating ceramics students 2019, a rich platform on which they will now build their final body of degree show work.