Incubation Unit members launch their careers with Craft in the Bay show

CSAD’s 2016-17 Graduate Incubation Unit members are ending their additional year at the School with an exhibition at Craft in the Bay. The School is delighted that the Makers Guild in Wales is showcasing their work as they embark on their careers as designers and makers.

The group include Product Design graduates Nick Jones, Josh Maskell and Tom Smee who set up The Wonky Chair, a furniture design business specialising in making pieces from repurposed materials. Since launching their business a year ago they have created bespoke pieces for private homes, for the clothing company Ted Baker and for the School’s own new Fashion programme.

Artist Designer Maker graduate Jade Sims who has taken a leading role in organising the exhibiton makes household ceramics with a strong Scandi vibe, ceramicist Charlotte Burke plays with perception with her elegant vases and Rhian Morris experiments with chemical reactions to creative highlight textured unique pieces of jewellery and sells them under her Rhian Kate Makes label.

The show also includes work by furniture designer Jennifer Finnigan, who along with The Wonky Chair, was recently awarded a bursary by the Furniture Makers’ Guild recognising the quality of her mid-century modern inspired pieces that are inlaid with polished metal wire. Textile designer Clojo Beddingham of Clojo Ruth Designs will be showing her range of wildlife inspired products and printmaker Molly May Lewis new prints, some of which were selected for the National Original Print   exhibition that took place in the Bankside Gallery in London earlier this month. Writer and illustrator Ian Cooke Tapia will be showing a range of new work and also publicising Ffangai, the shared creative studio space that he is planning to launch soon in Cardiff. He is currently taking part in the Kick-Start: Cardiff international creative entrepreneurs conference organised by Visiting Arts as a part of the European initiative ‘Creative Tracks’.

With her first solo show running presently at Cardiff MADE gallery, ceramicist Harriet McCormick will be showing more work at Craft in the Bay, demonstrating that, like all of those taking part, an impressive commitment to establishing herself in a very competitive market for original art and beautifully produced hand made pieces.

Artistic Curator of The Makers Guild in Wales, Charlotte Kingston, said: ‘The Makers Guild in Wales is delighted to provide this exhibition opportunity for the INC Space graduates, supporting and encouraging them with these early stages of developing  their professional practice. A fantastic opportunity for our audiences to see and buy contemporary craft by emerging makers in Wales.’

The exhibition opens at 6-8pm on Thursday 19 October, all welcome, and runs until Sunday 29 October.

Makers Guild in Wales
Craft in the Bay
The Flourish Lloyd George Avenue
Cardiff CF10 4QH
Open: 10:30am – 5:30pm, seven days a week