Meet The Maker Biographies

Lora Avedian

THURSDAY 24 JUNE, 11AM  4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST John Smedley Ltd Scholar Lora Avedian and QEST Scholar Kate Colin

Lora Avedian embellishes fabrics with botanical details and will showcase hand-embroidery and fabric pleating techniques, whilst Kate Colin, who creates hand-folded homewares for interiors such as lampshades and cushions, will demonstrate paper-folding.

Katalina Caliendo

2019 QEST Allchurches Trust Scholar – Ceramics

London

 

Katalina considers clay a material for both creating aesthetically interesting art objects and for facilitating vital explorations of our relationship to and place within, the material and natural world.

 

Her ‘sympoiesis’ vessels, created using porcelain mixed with mycelium and yeast and left unfired, are living sculptures which continue to change and transform. For her imbrication and coppiced works, finger-sized pieces are removed from one lump of clay and placed in overlapping layers; a single process which generates two separate forms – one through accumulation of mass and one through reduction – stimulating discussions on the connection between the human built environment and nature.

 

Katalina is continuing her innovative investigations of clay on a MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. A QEST Scholarship will fund her additional research, including up to 5 site specific field-work projects throughout the UK in rural natural areas to excavate and transport materials to be incorporated into her ceramic sculptures.

 

“I draw inspiration from collaborative making processes and inter-woven dynamics that exist in nature. I intend to continue to research how craft facilitates vital explorations with our relationship to the world and how we situate ourselves within it.”

 

https://www.katalinacaliendo.com/

Twitter: kcaliendos

Instagram: @katalina_caliendo_

Photo credit: Rob Chadwick

 

Kate Colin

THURSDAY 24 JUNE, 11AM  4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST John Smedley Ltd Scholar Lora Avedian and QEST Scholar Kate Colin

Lora Avedian embellishes fabrics with botanical details and will showcase hand-embroidery and fabric pleating techniques, whilst Kate Colin, who creates hand-folded homewares for interiors such as lampshades and cushions, will demonstrate paper-folding.

Celia Dowson

MONDAY 28 JUNE, 11AM – 4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST Tom Helme Scholar Celia Dowson and QEST Radcliffe Trust Scholar Natasha Mann

Celia Dowson will showcase different stages of cast-glass production, from creating wax models to polishing glass fresh from the kiln. Meanwhile, Natasha Mann specialises in Moroccan decorative painting and will paint her geometric designs with egg tempera and natural pigments.

Natasha Mann

MONDAY 28 JUNE, 11AM – 4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST Tom Helme Scholar Celia Dowson and QEST Radcliffe Trust Scholar Natasha Mann

Celia Dowson will showcase different stages of cast-glass production, from creating wax models to polishing glass fresh from the kiln. Meanwhile, Natasha Mann specialises in Moroccan decorative painting and will paint her geometric designs with egg tempera and natural pigments.

Thomas Merrett

TUESDAY 22 JUNE11AM – 4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholars Frances Pinnock and Thomas Merrett

Leatherworker Frances Pinnock will demonstrate hand-stitching techniques, which she learned making bespoke shoes and utilises to create her leather vessels. Meanwhile, sculptor Thomas Merrett will model a figure in wax in his signature, impressionist style.

Jason Mosseri

2018 QEST Radcliffe Trust Scholar – Windsor Chairmaking

East Sussex

 

Jason worked as an artist and tattooist before he discovered his love of chair making.  In 2014 he built his own workshop and started making chairs for private commissions.  His business, Hopesprings Chairs, based in East Sussex, now keeps him busy full time.

 

Jason’s QEST Scholarship enabled him to travel to Tennessee and learn how to make a ‘birdcage’ armchair, including peculiarities such as false mitre joints, from Curtis Buchanan, master chair maker in the American Windsor tradition.

 

As well as running his own business Jason also runs chair-making courses and teaches chair making at West Dean College in Sussex.

 

“There are fewer than 30 craftspeople chair making to a high standard in the UK. I am committed to ensuring its continuity by individual, characterful chairs and mastering skills I can teach to the next generation.”

 

http://hopespringschairs.com/

Facebook: Hopespringschairmaking

Instagram: @hopespringshairs

Photo credit: Alun Callender

 

 

Frances Pinnock

TUESDAY 22 JUNE11AM – 4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholars Frances Pinnock and Thomas Merrett

Leatherworker Frances Pinnock will demonstrate hand-stitching techniques, which she learned making bespoke shoes and utilises to create her leather vessels. Meanwhile, sculptor Thomas Merrett will model a figure in wax in his signature, impressionist style.

 

TUESDAY 29 JUNE, 11AM – 4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST NADFAS Scholar Zoë Wilson and QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholar Frances Pinnock

Zoë Wilson, who carves geometric wall hangings from Welsh slate, will showcase geometric drawing, carving and gilding techniques. Meanwhile leatherworker Frances Pinnock will demonstrate hand-stitching, which she learned making bespoke shoes and utilises to create her leather vessels.

Joey Richardson

WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE, 11AM – 4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST Radcliffe Trust scholar Natasha Mann and QEST Carpenters’ Company Scholar Joey Richardson

Natasha Mann specialises in Moroccan decorative painting and will paint her geometric designs with egg tempera and natural pigments. Wood artist Joey Richardson’s works range from large-scale installations to delicate forms; she will demonstrate airbrushing onto smaller pieces.

Epona Smith

SATURDAY 26 JUNE, 11AM – 4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST Allchurches Trust Scholar Katalina Caliendo and QEST Pewterers’ Company Scholar Epona Smith

Ceramicist Katalina Caliendo will show how she creates her Imbrication series, overlapping fingertip slivers of clay to create texture and form. Meanwhile, jeweller and silversmith Epona Smith will demonstrate hand-engraving techniques, which she uses to embellish her original creations.

Rachel Spelling

2020 QEST Sanderson Design Co. Scholar – Decorative Painting

London

 

Rachel designs and paints murals and has developed her own range of custom-printed mural wallpaper. She is particularly interested in the techniques of 18th century Chinese artisans who produced continuous panoramas for Western markets. Though not widely practiced in the UK today, these chinoiserie techniques have influenced Rachel’s original work and she is interested in reinterpreting this rich visual tradition to develop a new, contemporary aesthetic.

 

In 2017 Rachel worked with master historic decorative painter, Alasdair Peebles, to recreate the lost Chinese wallpaper that once hung in the upper drawing room of Sir John Soane’s country house Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing. Her QEST Scholarship will fund specialist one-to-one training with Alasdair in his London studio, with a focus on mastering traditional 18th century chinoiserie painting techniques.

 

“I’m interested in the dual capacity of wallpaper to take centre stage in a room, and to act as a silent backdrop to everything that takes place in that space. It has the power to completely alter a place, a mood or an atmosphere, which I find very exciting. With the support of QEST, I’m keen to take my painting skills to the next level and expand my repertoire of decorative effects, to produce wallpaper designs of unlimited ambition.”

 

https://www.studiospelling.com/

Instagram: @studiospelling

 

Tom Vaughan

2018 QEST Howdens Scholar – Wood & Metalwork

London

 

Tom originally trained in traditional cabinet making at the London College of Furniture.  He then continued his education in 3D design at the University of Brighton, following on to an MA in product design at the Royal College of Art. It was at the RCA, studying under Ron Arad, that his interest in converging his traditional training with modern digital design and manufacturing techniques was born. This laid the foundation of his practice, Object Studio, perusing ever more complex forms pushing materials and processes to their limits.

 

This foundation of skills, primarily in the manipulation of timber into precise organic forms, partnered with his pursuit of embracing both modern digital craft with time honoured traditional crafts, led Tom to his QEST Scholarship into the investigation of the casting of metals, and the surrounding crafts; pattern making, sand and investment casting, welding, chasing, finishing and finally the patination of metals.

 

https://www.objectstudio.co.uk/

https://www.instagram.com/object_studio_london/

Hannah Waldron

2018 QEST Scholar – Tapestry Weaving

Cornwall

 

Weaving complements the grid-based images of Cornwall-based artist and designer Hannah. Her narrative-led designs are applied across a range of print textiles, including ‘Furoshiki’ (wrapping cloth) by LINK, a Japanese collective that works with artists from around the world.

 

Hannah travelled to Japan with her QEST Scholarship for a course in ‘Kasuri’ (a technique where threads are bound before dying to create patterns in the woven cloth) at Kawashima Textile School in Kyoto and research at local workshops and museums. In Tokyo, Hannah also visited a specialist in ‘Chu-sen’ screenprinting for ‘Tenugui’ (cotton hand towels) with LINK, for ideas to expand their collaboration.

 

“Although Hannah’s weaves consistently adhere to the grid design, the compositions are creatively liberating, feeling more like hand-drawings rather than complexly woven patterns. The “architectural elements, stacks of shape, repeating vertical lines and rich colour palette elevate the designs” from the methodical weaving techniques to an engrossing sense of place.” – itsnicethat.com

 

https://www.hannahwaldron.co.uk/

Facebook: HannahWaldrontextiles

Instagram: @hannah.waldron

Twitter: HannahWaldron

Photo credit: Tim Laing

 

 

Zoë Wilson

TUESDAY 29 JUNE, 11AM – 4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST NADFAS Scholar Zoë Wilson and QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholar Frances Pinnock

Zoë Wilson, who carves geometric wall hangings from Welsh slate, will showcase geometric drawing, carving and gilding techniques. Meanwhile leatherworker Frances Pinnock will demonstrate hand-stitching, which she learned making bespoke shoes and utilises to create her leather vessels.

Jonathan Wright

FRIDAY 25 JUNE, 11AM – 4PM

MEET THE MAKERS

Ground Floor, North Dome

QEST Scholar Kate Colin and QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholar Jonathan Wright

Kate Colin, who creates hand-folded homewares for interiors such as lampshades and cushions, will demonstrate paper-folding. Meanwhile, Jonathan Wright, creator of bespoke handmade globes for Bellerby & Co, will showcase cutting and applying gores and painting a globe.