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Posted 04.09.19

Crafts Council spotlights the next generation of craft graduates

By Phillip Buchan

MA Glass student Laura Quinn and alumna Chloé Rosetta Bell are featured in issue 280 of Crafts magazine, spotlighting ‘The Next Generation’ of graduates who are “breathing new life into materials and processes, while rethinking conventions”.

Published by the Crafts Council and launched over 40 years ago, Crafts magazine champions and empowers makers and inspires new audiences to celebrate the transformative power of craft.

You can see Laura’s work in the MA Show 2019, which takes place in the dedicated studios and research spaces of our Postgraduate Centre, open to the public from Saturday 7 September until Thursday 12 September 2019 from 9am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 4pm Saturday.

Laura is an Irish designer and glassblower with BA (Hons) qualifications in Glass Design and in Art History & Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She has taught the public how to make objects out of glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, completed an internship as a glass-blowing assistant in Olustvere Glass Studio in Estonia, and has worked under a master glass-blower in LoCo Glass Studio, Gloucestershire.

The focus of Laura’s MA at Plymouth College of Art has centred around the question of how new digital design technologies can combine with traditional glass-making to create a more sustainable craft practice in the production setting.

Laura Quinn - Bells of Digitalis

Laura recently returned from a Creative Jam focused on sustainable design in Gijón, Spain, as part of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) project. Alongside attendees from Portugal, Spain, France, England, and Northern Ireland, Laura took part in workshops and hackathons to learn new digital skills and design creative solutions that respond to the climate emergency.

During her time at Plymouth College of Art, Laura has already honed her use of CAD and other digital software to model and print out her concept designs in 3D before producing them in hot glass, a process that cuts down on waste in a high-energy process. The AYCH offered Laura an opportunity to build on these digital skills and join a network of upcoming international residencies.

Chloe Rosetta Bell winning the Potclays Award at our Degree Shows 2017

Chloé is a multidisciplinary designer who graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts (now BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts) in 2017. Her practice examines the dialogues that are formed between people and the landscapes from which they work and live, with a particular interest in the relationships that are developed in the food industry.

Now an MA graduate from Royal College of Art, Chloé describes her current collections as being formed “in response to two Michelin-starred restaurants, where they are now in use: Kitchen Table in Marylebone and Sosban & The Old Butchers on the Isle of Anglesey”. The collections are intended to create “physical and sensory connections between the restaurants, their suppliers and the natural landscape from which the ingredients are sourced.” An example of this can be seen in the natural glaze that Chloé made for Kitchen Table, developed using waste oyster shells from Porthilly Oyster Farm.

Thinking about creative study? It's not too late to join us. We have a limited number of places available to begin undergraduate study this year and can support you joining us right up until 21 October 2019. We also accept late starters who may have started studying elsewhere, but would now like to transfer to become part of our creative community in Plymouth. Call our Admissions Team now on +44 (0)1752 203402 for all Clearing enquiries, or Whatsapp us on 07722744184.

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