AA2A Artist

Kate Bowman

Artform:
Clay, natural dyes
Year:
2018-19
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Project summary:

I am an artist combining everyday making and radical creative practice with communities, natural materials and place.

I am excited to experiment at Sheffield Hallam with a couple of processes that I have recently begun exploring in my personal practice- the first being using locally sourced natural elements for producing pottery- from glaze recipes to mixing locally won clay in slips to decorate pots. The second being to develop a range of small wearable clay pots, with elements of silversmithing- pots that do not require a large kiln or even a permanent studio set up, allowing the maker to work with limited resources.

The chance to access the studios at Sheffield Hallam is an incredible opportunity to explore techniques that I have developed a tentative interest in, and a creative space physically and mentally to expand my practice, combining mediums that I have never utilised together. I see the opportunity to work within the studios at Sheffield Hallam as a chance to immerse myself in a series of creative experiments, and to play, in a focused manner, with materials.

I am aiming to use the sessions at Sheffield Hallam to prototype and experiment with ways of working that I could sustain over a longer time period, and which I can develop into clear artistic output, within the university setting and with input and inspiration from the workshops themselves- I am excited by the idea of the curved balls that may present themselves!

I have never exhibited or formally displayed work before either, so am incredibly intrigued by what it would feel like to have work on display at the end of the placement, what the feedback and critique may be, and how my resulting work may grow.

I am an artist combining everyday making and radical creative practice with communities, natural materials and place.

I am excited to experiment at Sheffield Hallam with a couple of processes that I have recently begun exploring in my personal practice- the first being using locally sourced natural elements for producing pottery- from glaze recipes to mixing locally won clay in slips to decorate pots. The second being to develop a range of small wearable clay pots, with elements of silversmithing- pots that do not require a large kiln or even a permanent studio set up, allowing the maker to work with limited resources.

The chance to access the studios at Sheffield Hallam is an incredible opportunity to explore techniques that I have developed a tentative interest in, and a creative space physically and mentally to expand my practice, combining mediums that I have never utilised together. I see the opportunity to work within the studios at Sheffield Hallam as a chance to immerse myself in a series of creative experiments, and to play, in a focused manner, with materials.

I am aiming to use the sessions at Sheffield Hallam to prototype and experiment with ways of working that I could sustain over a longer time period, and which I can develop into clear artistic output, within the university setting and with input and inspiration from the workshops themselves- I am excited by the idea of the curved balls that may present themselves!

I have never exhibited or formally displayed work before either, so am incredibly intrigued by what it would feel like to have work on display at the end of the placement, what the feedback and critique may be, and how my resulting work may grow.

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