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Sarah Myerscough selects at Cockpit Arts, Holborn during London Craft Week...
Wed 3 May 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Gallerist, curator and Cockpit Arts’ Trustee, Sarah Myerscough, will host an hour-long tour of three craft studios at Cockpit Arts in Holborn. Along with a chance to see behind the scenes of the workspaces of ceramicist Claudia Wassiczek, product design duo Studio Ayaskan and artist-jeweller Katrin Spranger, visitors will gain insight into the create processes and inspirations of these talented makers.
I am an artist making organic abstract ceramic sculptures and collage pieces. Originally from Vienna, I now live and work in London.
My work is inspired by the concept of time, its emotional and physical impact on us and how our perception changes as we age. In my work I am examining the natural effects of fragmentation, disintegration, fragility and transformation. By revealing different layers, I lead the eye into the inner complexity of my forms, acting as a metaphor for the human condition.
I predominately make my clay body from scratch (mixing it up from raw-dry materials). This allows me to achieve and explore textures that are rough, sharp and surprising. The scale from intimate and hand held, to huggable scale, lends the work sensuality. I create a fragile boundary between curiosity and hesitancy, challenging usual perceptions of ceramics and expectations of the material.
Studio Ayaskan was formed by Bike and Begum Ayaskan, a twin designer duo based in London. Following a degree in Design Products in RCA, they focus on products and installations; it is their aim to create excitement through simple quality interventions.
In our practice we mostly explore ideas and concepts to create bespoke one-off objects and installations, rather than focusing on a mass manufacture, product-led practice. All of our projects aspire to push the boundaries between art and design. Our initial design decisions and first steps are always based on an idea or a philosophy. We then take this concept and create thought-provoking objects. We self-initiate all of our projects and integrate craft and technology in order to materialise an idea into a form that best communicates the message to the viewer. We do most of the craft work ourselves, as most of the pieces we work on are bespoke.
Katrin Spranger is a conceptual artist who runs a hybrid practice from her Holborn studio that touches several disciplines including fashion, food, photography, performance and installation art. During her three years at Cockpit Arts, she has benefitted enormously from the diverse and complementary skills of the Cockpit team, and recently received a substantial grant from the Arts Council to create a piece of work for COLLECT 2015. She has exhibited in galleries and venues throughout the world, and is currently in the process of establishing a school for jewellery with fellow Cockpitter, jeweller Kelvin Birk.