OUR TUTORS

Micaela Schoop

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Micaela’s ceramics range from biomorphic sculptures to traditional pottery using a variety of different clay bodies, decorating techniques and glazes. While she wheel throws some of her functional work she is mainly a ‘hand-builder’ who particularly likes coiling techniques. All of her work is strongly linked through distinctive elaborate surface patterning and decoration.

 

“I draw my inspiration from researched historical and world patterns which are combined with techniques and styles taken from recognisable international and historical ceramic traditions. To these I often add modern visual codes of communication. My intention is to sensitively fuse these diverse elements to create ceramics which question assumptions about cultural identities within the context of multiculturalism.”

 

Professional highlights include:

  • Potfest in the Park 2020

  • York Ceramics Fair 2019

  • Earth & Fire 2019

  • Shortlisted for the Emerging Makers Award at the International Ceramics Fair in Aberystwyth 2019

  • Fellowship Award in Ceramics and an AA2A Residency 2019

  • MA in Ceramics with Distinction from the University of Central Lancashire 2018

Katie Timson

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Katie makes thrown and hand-built stoneware vessels, alongside porcelain jewellery, using a combination of clay bodies and glazes that she has devised through a lot of experimentation. Her pieces are fired in either an electric or gas reduction kiln depending on the desired finish. Katie specialized in ceramics in the last year and a half of her degree and then continued on to an MA in Ceramics. Following graduation, she was awarded a residency at her university as part of the Artists Access to Art Colleges residency scheme. She sells her work online, through shops and galleries around the country and at various shows and fairs too.

"I enjoy walking and find myself collecting all manner of objects that I find interesting or beautiful, such as feathers, bird eggshells, rocks, pebbles, seaglass and seedheads. Their natural patterns, colours and texture provide inspiration for my collections of functional and decorative vessels which record walks through different landscapes".

Professional highlights include:

  • Ceramic Review, Issue 301 (January/February 2020): 'One to Watch'  

  • Country Living Magazine (April 2020), Artist Feature: ‘Trading on Eggshells’  

  • ‘Best New Business’ Award - Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival: 2019

  • Group residencies at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary: 2018 and 2016 

  • Art in Clay, Hatfield 

  • Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival 

  • Earth and Fire International Ceramics Fair

  • Hepworth Wakefield Ceramics Fair

  • Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

  • Made by Hand, Cheltenham