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Artists in Residence

A collaboration with Brighton University School of Art.

We are a collective of Brighton Alumni who have recently renovated the art studio courtyard and begun practicing and creating in this space. Our work ranges from ceramic work, both functional ware and sculptural pieces to objects in wood and metal.

We have begun teaching after school clubs to the children and are offering a range of parent workshops during the school day.

Isobel Roope

BA (Hons) 3D Design and Craft

I am a ceramic artist living and working in Sussex and a recent graduate from the University of Brighton. I create sculptural forms – some closed, some open. The surface is finished in either a smoke or saggar firing technique or with oxides, the smoke firing is done in the walled garden. I have some work available for sale and I take commissions too. A selection of my work can be seen via my Instagram page.

Isobel Roope

Alma Boyes

With an established background in ceramic practice spanning over 40 years, my current work explores the historic technique of agateware which was prominent in the UK in 17th & 18th century industrial ceramics, notably Josiah Wedgewood. The term ‘Agateware’ refers to ceramic pieces made from coloured or mixed clays and mimics the multicoloured appearance of agate stone. I am drawn to this technique because of the unique combinations of colour and pattern which are created using the throwing process on the pottery wheel. My collection of works include large lidded vessels, some of which I adorn with hand-modelled birds – predominately British species including blackbirds, crows and sparrows. This new work brings together my experiences of designing and producing industrial ceramics, with many years specialising in portraits and sculptures of endangered species for bronze casting.

Alma Boyes artwork

Rosie Tweedale

I am a designer maker working with natural materials, clay and wood. My projects have involved collaborating closely with local community organisations to create socially engaged craft objects which tell each of their stories.

I recently completed a ceramics residency in Denmark where I explored the material dualism between clay and wood. I used wood-firing techniques and ash glazes to create ceramic woodgrain vessels that embody aspects of the forest. I am driven by the importance of connecting to our natural environments using local materials, which I will be integrating into my workshops this year.

Rosie Tweedale artwork

Zahra Priddle

Zahra Priddle is an accomplished jewellery designer turned sculptor whose fascination since childhood for architectural forms and monumental structures led her to consider scaling her work. It was while studying for her Masters, that she began to experiment with new materials, techniques and processes. The nature of her investigation was to map a process of scaling her hand manipulated paper forms to create medium and large scale sculptural pieces for interior spaces, incorporating both digital and analogue methods.

A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Zahra achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Jewellery Design in 1994. After success with her degree show, she caught the attention of Donna Karan who invited her to design accessories in New York. She subsequently returned to London and alongside establishing her own label, took a position with Japanese fine jewellers, Mikimoto Pearls. From 2006 to 2014, Zahra relocated with her family abroad where she continued to develop her artistic practice. She returned to study a Masters in Craft at the University of Brighton, graduating with Distinction in 2019.

Zahra Priddle artwork

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