We are delighted to be partnering with Craft Scotland to bring you the first in a planned series of media specific showcases which over the next few years will shine a spotlight on a different craft discipline each year. We will celebrate our mutual ambition to exhibit quality craft in a venue fitting of its stature, and in context alongside works of fine art.Three invited ceramicists will form the starting point for a wider celebration of the diverse discipline of ceramics:

James Rigler
James makes large, architecturally-inspired ceramic and mixed-media works that attempt to decode the hierarchies within objects and buildings. Often using highly-finished elements to mirror mass-produced objects, his work is both familiar and strange, precise yet handmade.

In 2013-14 Rigler undertook a six-month ceramics residency with the Victoria and Albert Museum and is included in their public collection.

Dawn Youll
Dawn’s work has developed from the figurative to the more abstract in form but has remained constantly centred on the exploration of a personal landscape. The urban environment, the studio setting, and the making process itself all play a part in the development of her ornamentally scaled ceramic sculptures.

Susan O’Byrne
Susan makes ceramic animal sculptures using a very personal and unique method. She makes wire frameworks onto which she applies layers of printed and patterned porcelain paper-clay. Her animals are not intended to be literal representations of specific species. Rather, she thinks of them as creatures inhabiting other worlds and as vehicles for the expression of human emotions.


Craft Scotland Prize for Ceramics

In addition we are encouraging submissions of ambitious and innovative ceramics via the open submission section of our exhibition. Craft Scotland will help select the best submissions to compliment the work of our three invited ceramicists, and this year the Craft Scotland Prize of £500 will be awarded to a ceramicist whose work exhibits outstanding design and craftsmanship.