Katie Spragg: Ceramics
Friday 26 January - Thursday 10 May 2018
Recognised as one of the country’s finest up-and-coming talents, Royal College of Art graduate, Katie Spragg combines clay with a range of processes including animation, illustration and installation.
Her works aim to evoke a sense of wonder about being outside in nature.
The exhibition of ceramics at Blackwell will showcase eight new responses to the Arts and Crafts house and the surrounding landscape, alongside six existing works previously displayed by the Craft Council COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery, Miami Art Week and the British Ceramic Biennial Award show.
Spragg spent a week at Blackwell in November 2017 and was inspired to create new works based on her experience.
She said, “In the mornings Blackwell feels very serene. The nooks and corners of the house lend themselves to daydreaming, particularly at this time of day. I became interested in how the landscape is framed through the windows of the house and also how nature is brought inside.”
Alongside this exhibition at Blackwell, two digital works by Spragg will also be on display at Abbot Hall Art Gallery until 28 April 2018.
Spragg’s works are in demand. A recent piece, Hedgerow, was purchased in spring 2017 by the world’s leading museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Whether through sharing a story or conjuring a collective memory, Spragg’s works highlight the forgotten sources of joy and amusement that surround us, and aim to arose curiosity.
"While away the hours in this magical house" - Katie Spragg blogs for Lakeland Arts about how Blackwell inspired her.
Watch Katie at Blackwell:
What do our visitors say?:
"I like the idea of taking clay and turning it into something different" - Freddie aged 9.
"A moment of contemplation indeed. What craftsmanship."
"Absolutely stunning. Delicate, original, beautiful, sensitive."
"Exquisite and magical."
"Each piece is amazing in its own way. Particularly loved 'Wildness' - the juxtaposition of something beautiful coming out of cracks in grey concrete."