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Technicians exhibit their work in London shows this autumn

Two technicians from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) have their work on show at exhibitions across London this autumn.

Michelle Shields, technician tutor in ceramics from UCA Farnham will have her work featured in Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics, at the Building Centre.

The exhibition celebrates the resurgence of ceramics in contemporary architecture, bringing together the designers, artists, manufacturers and ceramicists working on ground-breaking projects in this versatile material.

It explores the close connection between hand-held ceramic objects and large-scale urban interventions – from the glazed household items that inspire whole building facades to the manufacturers using scaled-up processes. Both traditional production methods and innovative technology are equally embraced in the show, with hand-crafted pieces sitting alongside mass ceramic production and robotic technology.

'Anthropocene' by Michelle Shields

An example of Michelle Shields work 'soft developables'

For her project, Michelle collaborated with the designer Heleen Sintobin and Grymsdyke Farm – a research facility, fabrication workshop and living-working space for those interested in materials and processes of making, both digital & analogue.

Michelle explained: “Heleen and I investigated the materiality of porcelain, creating our own clay body to subvert the process of firing clay to vitrification, our clay expands to a geological lightweight structure when fired. This process was developed further with the use of a CNC milling technique to encode the surface with a structural tool-path in wet clay, resulting in soft hybrid developable forms.”

Other practices and artists featured in the show range from established figures to emerging talents and includes; EPR Architects with ceramicist Kate Malone, Eric Parry Architects with artist Richard Deacon, FAT Architecture with Grayson Perry.

Later next month, Michelle’s work is also being shown at Dutch Design Week 2019.

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Across the river at another London venue, Antony Lee, printmaking and imaging technician from UCA Farnham has his work on show at this year’s National Original Print Show exhibition, at The Bankside Gallery.

'Dream Sunset' © Antony Lee

'A Dream of being a Person - sunset' by Antony Lee

The exhibition was established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers which celebrates the best in all types of contemporary printmaking.

Works for the show were selected from an international open submission. This year's selectors were Eileen Cooper OBE RA Hon RE (artist), Holly Johnson (artist & musician) and Prof Peter Lloyd (artist and Head of School of Art, Solent University), along with RE President David Ferry and RE Vice President, Michelle Griffiths.

Both Michelle and Antony are also exhibiting their work in UCA Farnham's TechX Exhibition, which runs till 11 October. For further details visit the UCA events page.

Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics runs 20 Sept 2019 – 31 January 2019.

The National Original Print Show runs 18 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2019.

To learn more about UCA’s technical staff read their Technician Commitment and follow them on Instagram @uca_technicians