Bea Bonafini with Galerie Chloe Salgado - 2019
Stepping back into the world of ceramic sculpture at the beginning of 2019 after a few years of hiatus from the medium, she has continued to use explore the process of nerikomi. Porcelain is stained, layered, cut and recomposed repeatedly, to create stone-like patterned surfaces of unglazed clay. In a somewhat dream-like resurrection of ancient artefacts, the show takes the elements of water and air to encapsulate religious and mythical beliefs. Figures slip in and out of recognition, alchemical sirens hold holy liquids and narrative tablets display the narratives of human-animal water and air creatures' interrelationships.
Zoe Williams with Mimosa House - 2019
Artist Zoe Williams has been working at RS for her first solo exhibition in London (25 May - 27 July 2019) , transforming Mimosa House into a liminal bedroom-like environment which acts as the backdrop for her new film commission Sunday Fantasy. The show incorporates elements from the set of the film, drawings and new ceramic works, focusing on exploring and challenging ideas of fantasy, glamour and role playing relation to sexuality.
She has been supported by Rochester Square on the creation of the ceramic objects, installed around the gallery space. There’s a mixture of artifice and nature; artefacts and consumer goods, shoes, dildos, insects, eels, food – all are intertwined and everything holds potential of pleasure, forming this highly sexualised World.
Laura White with The Museum of Royal Worcester - 2018
For the next few months London based artist Laura White is working at RS to realize a commission for an exhibition at Museum of Royal Worcester (MoRW), organized by Meadow Arts. The installation which will be sited at MoRW from September 2018 - March 2019 explores our relationships to the production of porcelain today, such as how the digital environment has affected our relationship to porcelain, from the handmade museum collectables, to the mass-produced digitally designed slip cast crockery we use every day in our homes.
Laura has developed and produced a collection of porcelain objects that occupy and explore their own materiality - Working with the materials capabilities and limitations, such as the collapses, breaks and cracks to expose both the vulnerability of the material while offering up new possibilities.
Nissa Nishikawa with Phytology - 2018
Nissa Nishikawa works with performance, painting, ceramics, glass, and film. Her practice interprets traditional forms of dance, ritual and craft in ways that illuminate the current crisis in ecology and community. She engages with alchemical and animistic practices through the use of elemental base materials, forging processes of transformation that are intuitively informed by a close observation of the intelligence of nature and the non-human as systems of navigation.
The all-gender liquid loo came out of a series of co-design discussions with Phytology about finding alternative ways to transform and compost human waste, whilst also creating a toilet space which is accessible for all genders and practices. (Hari, Compost Mentis / Phytology)
Tamara Kuselman with Delfina Foundation - 2018
Tamara kuselman (Argentina/Spain) is fascinated by the potential in the tension of a falling object - the loss of control between being dropped until it hits the surface below. She believes unexpected situations are an opportunity to learn about your own character and abilities. In her work, Tamara evokes the tug of war between anticipation and loss of control: ceramics that seem creased like a piece of cloth, and performers who analyse the fall while falling. The suggestion of movement immediately undermined by stillness.
Project: How Can Large Mountains Enter Small Ice, June 2018 for Delfina Foundation
Leonie Nagel with Kingsgate Workshops - 2017
In summer 2017 Leonie Nagel (lives and works in Berlin) became the first international artist to take part in Kingsgate Workshops’ studio residency programe. The Sirens of St L. The meeting-point at Kingsgate Project Space is an exhibition of new works begun in London and developed in the intervening months between London and Berlin.
Accompanying the film stands a large black piece of non-utilitarian furniture. The interior space of this block is invisible, while each tile on its skin is imprinted with scavenged detritus to depict dumb smiley faces.
Zoe Williams with DRAF - 2017
Zoe Williams is a London based artist supported by Rochester Square for her production of her ambitious commission Ceremony of the Void for DRAF, a voluptuous banquet tableau inviting visitors to experience her fantastical immersive environment and large-scale performance involving artist-made delicacies, musicians, actors, video projections and new ceramic sculptures.
Paulina Michnowska is a London based artist, born in Poland 1984. Paulina works foremost with ceramics and painting, and her work explores topics that range across: autobiographical details, banalities of everyday life, historical folklore and the aesthetic of accident and injury.
Paulina teaches 2 pottery courses and she has been contributing to several events engaging the public with ceramic board games. She has also participating to our first neighbours breakfast with her coffee van Ello Darling Coffee.
Simon Bayliss with Standpoint, 2017
Simon Bayliss is an artist usually based in Cornwall. He makes slipware ceramics and enplein air landscape paintings, writes poetry and produces house music. He joined Rochester Square while on a Standpoint Futures artist development residency. Simon has been engaging a wide audience during Re-creation with his project Landscape Painters Anonymous.