Steven Edwards is a Ceramic Artist whose work investigates the language of making through the materiality and physicality of clay. Fascinated by process-led making, he uses traditional techniques that provoke unanticipated outcomes, using clay as a medium that sustains the narrative of the making process. The resulting forms embody his interaction and manipulation of the clay using bespoke tools to explore the intrinsic properties of the material.
His creative practice starts by purposely placing clay under stress to reveal the natural tension and movement in its surface and form. Throughout the whole making process he pushes, pulls, compresses and slices the material to provoke a reaction. The final forms are a combination of these making scenarios, translating a theme of duality in their appearance – the contrast of visual distortion and precision, the stillness and movement in form and the surface deception between synthetic and organic.
He has exhibited his work at premiere contemporary ceramic shows including British Ceramics Biennial, London Craft Week and London Design Festival. He has also made large-scale outdoor installations, including From Humble Beginnings as part of the Surrey Unearthed Arts Council funded project at the Watts Gallery.
Transition, Oxo Gallery, London. 9th – 15th March 2021
Lieu-Communs –Places-Communs Gallery, Namur, Belgium. Part of Ceramic Art Ardenne 2021 program. 1st – 24th May 2021
One Year In New Designers 2020,
Design Business Centre, London.
June 30th – July 3rd 2021
Fresh 19 British Ceramics Biennial festival, Spode China Hall, Stoke on Trent 2019.
Peckham Craft Show Copeland Gallery, Peckham – part of London Craft Week 2019.
A Work of Art Art Number 23, Old Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey 2019.
Light, Colour, Abstraction Cluster,
Old Truman Brewery, London 2018.
Transition Espacio Gallery –
part of the London Design Festival
MA show James Hockey Gallery,
UCA, Farnham 2018.
From Humble Beginnings Surrey Unearthed, Leith Hill Place 2018.
Contemporary Narratives: Stories in
the making, Crafts Study Centre 2017.
Measured and Swift development piece, ISCAEE 2017, James Hockey Gallery, UCA, Farnham 2017.
From Humble Beginnings for Surrey Hills Arts, Surrey Unearthed, at the Watts Gallery. Visit surreyunearthed.org for more information.
Horizontal & Vertical Sound, Heathland Artworks, Farnham Heath 2017.
Publications & Articles
MA Ceramics (Distinction)
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
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