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The spirit of Ceramics & Glass at the RCA springs from a belief in the transformative power of material thinking, research and making to enrich our world in imaginative and meaningful ways. We embrace the diversity of contemporary practice in this hyper-material age.
Drawing on the rich provenance of materials, processes and practices to inform a creative interface between discourse and studio practice, we consider, question and propose new scenarios to address social, cultural and material questions.
Our dynamic learning environment provides exceptional opportunities within and beyond the traditions of art and design, individual practices and industry. The programme will enable you to expand your imagination, enhance your practice and find your professional voice, supported by
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Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.
You should have a good undergraduate degree in Ceramics or Glass or equivalent professional experience. Applications are welcomed from candidates from related backgrounds, for example, textiles, sculpture, architecture and industrial design. Work experience, either before or after a first degree, is a great advantage.
Before I started at the Royal College of Art, I had plans to attend culinary school in Paris. Most of my interests were based in food, having done food writing and photography for my blog and Los Angeles Magazine. When I staged at a fine dining restaurant, I realised the intense kitchen environment didn’t suit me. Around the same time, I learned how to throw on a potter’s wheel and completely fell in love with clay. Creating tableware was the perfect marriage of my two greatest loves – food and ceramics. However, because I had studied Business Economics for my BA at UCLA, I felt I needed a bit more of an art background before applying to the RCA, so completed a pre-Master’s programme at New York University.
I describe my work as ‘sculpturally functional’, so I wanted a programme that champions functional work, as well the sculptural/fine art focus of most ceramics programmes. The RCA programme seemed very well-rounded and a good fit. The London location was also a huge draw; I get a lot of inspiration from restaurants and my dining experiences so needed to be where there are interesting things happening in the culinary world.
Studying at the RCA has been incredible. The best part, for me, is being surrounded by other students who have the same passion and respect for clay as a material. As I didn’t do my undergraduate degree in ceramics, I had never experienced an environment like this and it’s been very inspiring.
Conceptually, I’m still very interested in cuisine and how functional ware interacts with the plated food but, technically, I’ve learned new skills this past year that have led to a whole new world of design possibilities. I took a Digital Making short course where we learned to use a 3D-rendering programme called Rhino. It was an eye-opening experience for me to learn what could be drawn on a computer and 3D printed in resin or plaster. The most valuable advice I could give to future students would be, take advantage of tutorials and be proactive. Even if there isn’t a specific problem or question you’d like to ask, it’s never a bad idea to have a chat with a tutor about your work. Every tutor holds a treasure trove of knowledge – don't be afraid to engage.
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