Laura Plant, 33
Artist Benelovant Fund Residency 2020-2021
MA Ceramic Design (2018)
Laura Plant launches Vessels : Vol 1
Award-winning ceramicist and designer Laura Plant, is pleased to announce the launch of her new collection Vessels : Vol 1 at the Staffordshire University Degree Show 2021.
Vessels is a collection of sculptural forms, an ambitious ceramic landscape of individually striking pieces. Laura’s playful love of shape evolves into elegant vessels that highlight the subtle qualities of the ceramic surface. Influenced by her passion for the ceramics of Stoke-on-Trent, her home city and experiences on a cultural exchange in China the collection explores form and grandeur in a contemporary way.
The collection of handcrafted vessels are slip cast in bone china and finished with Laura’s signature watercolour wash of glaze. Hand pouring showcases the surface qualities of Laura’s new glaze colours and captures a sense of movement. The organic line where the glaze ends contrasts the beautifully white, polished bone china. Whilst the form remains constant every piece is unique.
Made possible an Artist Benevolent Fund residency at Staffordshire University, the collection grew from a desire to explore new ways of working and be bold with colour and form. Laura has pushed the possibilities of form, by removing the constraints of function. Vessels : Vol 1 is the beginning of a new way of working for Laura, an evolving landscape of forms that tells a story of self-reflection and growth.
“This collection is very personal for me, it captures a moment in time when like so many people my life had changed dramatically due to Covid-19. It grew from a desire for new, reflection on previous work and re-connecting to why I love making. Each piece has a name, an emotion or connection that I feel it embodies.”
Laura Plant is a graduate of MA Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University 2018. She went on to win the Denby Associate Prize and the National Trust Artisan & Craft Associate Prize for her graduate collection at New Designers 2018.
Selected to exhibit as part of the British Ceramics Biennial’s ‘Fresh’ in 2019, Laura won the British Ceramics Biennial’s residency. This opportunity is allowing Laura to further explore the possibilities of ceramic surfaces and her passion for her home city, Stoke-on-Trent’s heritage, with the resulting work be shown at the BCB Festival in September 2021.