Thursday, 7 January 2016

Jenna Stanton – distil @ Esplanade

Ceramist Jenna Stanton has salvaged and saved favourite domestic objects for as long as she can remember. The forms and functions of these objects and the nostalgic sentiments around them work their way into her contemporary practice, into practical, clever and elegant designs for an array of ceramic household vessels and accessories. The porcelain desktop water decanters with silkscreened enamel decals and hand-painted underglazes in her Pour Me series are inspired by vintage thermoses and historic Medalta whiskey jugs, with patterns humorously referring to the practice of self-medicating. Other works utilize 3D printing processes in their design stages, while still others explore the opportunities suggested by crystalline and fractal geometries translated into dishware which can iterate and conjoin into infinity.

Stanton holds a BFA in Ceramics from the Alberta College of Art & Design and a Masters in Ceramic Design from Staffordshire University in ‘the potteries’ of Stoke on Trent, England. She currently works out of her studio in Medalta’s international artists in residence, exploring ceramics that combine traditional craft with industrial processes and new technologies. She is the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the historic Medalta Potteries, and a member of the board of directors of the Alberta Craft Council. Her designs have been exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably in FRESH, the 2011 British Ceramics Biennial’s flagship exhibition of top 40 emerging UK graduates, the London Design Festival 2015, and with FLUX at Maison Object Paris.

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