to the twenty five artist/designer/makers from the Applied Arts Department of the University of Wolverhampton
Justyna Kaczmarska BA
For me space and form are inseparable. I aim to challenge the preconception that something heavy and strong cannot also be weightless and create light and open space. I aim to open a dialogue within my sculpture between weight and weightlessness, between empty and full space, between negative and positive.
I use two materials glass and ceramic. The one depicts empty space the other solid occupied space. On the one hand my work can be anchored like gravity on the other hand it can be interpreted as light and free. For me space is endless and there are endless possibilities of filling it, changing it, separating it and rearranging it.
The idea of an evolving, changing process of thinking through making with no fixed beginning or end fascinates me and often results in minimalist geometrical forms. My scale is domestic but my work also has the potential to work on an architectural, monumental scale.
Betül Katigöz MA
I am interested in creating handmade objects through which I can communicate my innermost feelings. My vessels explore the relationship between fragility and strength, logic and emotion. Touching the clay enables me to convey these feelings through the repetitive actions of developing hollow forms. I use very rough brick clay to create my work which for me represents the physical state of the human body. However my forms are delicate and petit representing my emotional state.
I am fascinated with 'clay' as a material that has been extracted from the Earth as rocks and strata and it is this feeling which I wish my own work to embody. As a form, I am drawn to the Tulip as it has cultural significance to Turkey where it is considered the embodiment of perfection and beauty. My forms reflect the quality of the tulip, both metaphorically and physically. Just as the rock brings strength into my works so the tulip evokes a fragile and ephemeral state.
My practice continues as a voyage of self-discovery as new influences immerge and combine to form my artistic practice.
Matthew Watson MA
My work is a personal response to Wolverhampton and the surrounding area and it rich industrial and historical past. I use maps and photos, past and present of Wolverhampton and the surrounding area and focus on the changes that have occurred through the years, i.e. the market place or the high street. My varied pallet of glazes are used primarily to add definition, colour and surface tension to my pieces but they also act as a barrier between two narratives, defining the work on a personal and humorous level but also giving context to the strong sense of place present in the work.