Stuart Carey, the London based ceramic artist, has a lot of be proud of these days. For starters, in the two and a half years since his graduation from RCA, his tableware line that he designed and conceived while studying, has already found its way onto the shelves of shops such as The Conran Shop, Designers Guild (for a brief period) as well as other smaller stores and galleries around the city. He is also Technical Director/Artist in Residence of a successfully crowdfunded project called Turning Earth Ceramics, an open access ceramic studio founded by Tallie Maughan that is set to open in November in Hackney. It is a space for hobbyists and early career artists to come together, learn and rent space for their projects where Stuart will be teaching-
Stuart has been working with clay since he was 14 years old and got into the profession almost by fluke- his name was drawn out of a hat for one of 15 spots in a program. His studies led him to the Glasgow School of Art followed by a post graduate degree at RCA in London where he further honed his ceramic skills. “I was inspired to make vessels in my early education by the late Australian ceramic artist, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott and still hold similar values to hers in my recent work. However my current range isn’t directly inspired by her work, it is more of a personal inspiration than a direct relation” shares Stuart.
In his handmade semi-porcelain tableware series, Carey explores the interaction between the intimacy that we share with objects. He purposely chose a timeless palette of subtle colours so the form could speak louder than the surface of the objects. “The pieces are meant to sit alongside other objects comfortably” says Stuart. The classic design and soft shape of Carey’s tableware line will surely bear more fruit for the artist as his work continues to gain recognition and popularity at home and abroad. In the mean time, visitors to Turning Earth can be inspired from watching the artist hard at work!
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