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Germination 2005

Simon Ward (born 1964, Newmarket, England, UK)

Simon Ward is one of Scotland's most interesting ceramicists. Born in Newmarket in 1964, he studied ceramics at South Glamorgan Institute in Cardiff. He later did an MDes in ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art, where he met his Japanese wife, Keiko Mukaide. He has been based in Scotland for several years, firstly teaching at ECA and currently working as the Ceramics Specialist in the 3 Dimensional Design Department at the School of Art, Design and Textiles at Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen. He won the Bronze prize in the World Ceramics Korean Biennale 2005. He is a very hands-on potter, always experimenting and trying out something new. He does a lot of casting as well as throwing and mixing his own glazes. He combines porcelain with wood and other materials, and combines this with strong Japanese and Korean influences. 'Germination' is based on the work Simon did for the 2004 'Clay in Bloom' exhibition at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. It is made up of tiny individually thrown and then pierced porcelain 'flowers' arranged in a convincingly naturalistic manner - so that you can almost believe that they are actually growing

Acquisition Details

Acquired from the artist, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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