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Posted 06.10.15

Gallery Shorts | Ian McIntyre: Jerwood Makers Open

By Jake May

London-based designer Ian McIntyre's 'A Ton of Clay' exhibited in our Gallery in September 2015 as part of Jerwood Makers Open – a unique commissioning opportunity recognising the most exciting new talents in contemporary applied arts.

The touring show – also featuring Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Jasleen Kaur, and Silo Studio , and now set to exhibit at the Ruithin Craft Centre and Touchstones in Rochdale – was invited into the Gallery to promote the significance of making and materials within the visual arts arena, and to give an insight into how these contemporary artists are defining or challenging the boundaries of what has traditionally been described as applied arts.

With a background in product design and applied art, Ian employs a mix of industrial design and craft skills to his work – producing installations, studio editions and developing shapes, materials and techniques for industry. Ian has collaborated with Another Country, Wrong for HAY, The London Design Festival, Officine Panerai and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

We catch up with him to find out about working with Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the current state of craft, and the process and inspiration behind his stunning piece 'A Ton of Clay'.

Works pictured in this film have been produced by Ian McIntyre, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Jasleen Kaur, and Silo Studio for Jerwood Makers Open 2015. Each project received an award of £7,500 from Jerwood Charitable Foundation to create new work for exhibition, allowing them to freely develop their creative ideas independently of specific commissioning structures.

With thanks to Ian McIntyre, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and all of the artists exhibiting in Jerwood Makers Open 2015.

Filming and editing by Robert Marshall and Aden Barwick, BA (Hons) Film graduates.