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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson
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Deliciously irreverent ceramics and jewellery in silver and porcelain.

Drawing inspiration from the confectionary industry this collection aims to glamorise the simple pleasures in life. The full spectrum of sweet treats from fruit chews and lollies, to cakes and pastries piled with cream and icing, are distilled down to their simplest forms and matched with a sickly sweet colour palette. Pastel tones derived from the sticky opacity of fruity chews, marshmallows and foams are achieved through a combination of softly coloured porcelain and carefully matched gemstones. A wealth of form and pattern is found in the factory produced pressed and cast candies, and similarly in the plastic casings that cocoon them. Nuggets of cast porcelain and oversized gemstones are wrapped up in silver bezel settings and arranged in a collaged pick ā€˜nā€™ mix of pleasurable extravagance. The formality of precious materials is removed to create wearables that drip with the desire of momentary self-indulgence and look good enough to eat.
EDUCATION
2003 ā€“ 2004 University of Wales Institute, Cardiff: MA Ceramics
1999 ā€“ 2003 DOJCAD, Dundee: BDes (Hons) Ceramics, 1st Class.

2018
SIERAAD, Amsterdam, Nov 18
Summer Show, Craft Scotland, Edinburgh
Made, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
Earrings Galore, Heidi Loewe Gallery, Portland Oregon
Made Canary Wharf, Atelier 51, London/Brighton
OPEN 2018, Visual Arts Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2017
Victoria Sewart Gallery, Plymouth
New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
JOYA Barcelona
Summer Show Craft Scotland, Edinburgh

2016
Paperworks Centre for Contemorary Craft & Design, Sleaford

2015 Dazzle Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh

2012 Kama; Sesso et Design Trienallae Musem of Design, Milan
SOFA Chicago
Selling Sex Show Studio, London

2011
BJCEM Internation Bienalle of Young Artists Greece
Reflections The City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Collect 2011 The Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square, London.

2010
Life Is Sweet The Harley Gallery, Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire
Collect 2010 The Saatchi Gallery, London
Flourishing Fantasies Craft2eu, Hamburg, Germany

2009
Proverbial Porcelain Zelli Porcelain, London

Awards:
2018 Creative Scotland Open Project funding
2009 Shortlisted for the Zelli Porcelain Prize, London.
2009 Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award.
2008 Shortlisted for The National Sculpture Awards, Liverpool.
2008 Peoples Choice Award, Biennalle de Ceramique, Belgium.
Oct 2007 RGI Benno Schotz Prize for most promising young sculptor.
May 2007 Edinburgh Visual Arts and Crafts-persons Award.
Apr 2007 Hope Scott Trust Development Award.
Mar 2006 Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Award.

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