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Combining clay with a range of processes including animation, illustration and installation, Katie Spragg creates work that aims to arouse curiosity. Whether through sharing a story or conjuring a collective memory, her practice highlights the forgotten sources of joy and amusement that surround us.

Her latest body of work combines ceramic objects, installation and moving image to create momentary experiences that allude to the amazement and wonder of being outside in nature.

The pieces offer the viewer a space to daydream; evoking distant, possibly half-imagined memories. The contrasting situations presented play on the conflict between our sublime fantasy of nature and the often more mundane reality of our experience of it.

While the fired ceramic pieces capture a moment in time, the animations describe the dynamic, receptive qualities that clay and grass share. They record the durational element of making and the elastic sense of time that is felt when in nature.

BIO

Katie Spragg graduated from MA Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2016. Recent achievements include; the acquisition of her piece ‘Hedgerow’ by the Victoria and Albert Museum, selected for a ‘Spotlight’ space at Collect 2017 with Flow Gallery, commissioned to run a project for the TATE Exchange programme as a member of the collective Collective Matter, being twice selected for the Charlotte Fraser Award during her time at the RCA, selected to show with Future Heritage at Decorex 2016 and the upcoming display of her work in the Garden Museum, London.

Prior to her MA and since completing her BA in 3D Materials Practice at Brighton University Katie had developed a practice which involved exhibiting and undertaking residencies both in the UK and abroad at institutions including the V&A museum, Somerset House and Grimmerhus International Ceramic Museum, Denmark. She had also developed a commercial range sold at Liberty London, Paul Smith and the Fashion and Textile Museum.

Teaching and public engagement is an important part of Katie’s practice having recently completed a project for Tate Exchange, with Collective Matter and held positions at the University of Brighton and a long-term post at Camden Arts Centre, amongst others.

 

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Education

Royal College of Art, MA Ceramics and Glass, 2014 - 2016
Dissertation: Landscape, A Place for the Imagination

University of Brighton, BA(Hons) 3D Materials Practice, 2007 - 2010
Major in Ceramics and Plastics, First Class Honours

Camberwell College of Art, UAL, Foundation Studies in Art and Design, 2006-2007
Distinction

Selected Exhibitions

Talente, Handwerk & Design, Munich, Germany, 2017
Spotlight Space with Flow Gallery, COLLECT, London, February 2017
Young Masters October Show, Cynthia Corbett at Royal Opera Arcade, London, October 2016
Future Heritage at Decorex, Syon Park, London, September 2016
Show16, Royal College of Art, London, June 2016
Paper, Publication, Performance, Lychee One Gallery, London, April 2016
In Context, Home of Preston Fitzgerald, London, March 2016
The Emerging and The Established (Ceramic works by Picasso and Staff and Students from the Royal College of Art), Christies Auction House, London, February 2016
Off-Centre, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, November 2015
Royal College of Art Work in Progress Exhibition, Royal College of Art, January 2015 and January 2016
Fragile in Transit, International Travelling Exhibition, August 2012 - August 2013
Flow Gallery at Rupert Cavendish Antiques, September 2012
‘Junk’ Shop, Tom Dixon Dock, London, September 2012
Traces, The Marquis of Lansdowne, London, August 2012
Souvenir, Pump House Gallery, London, June 2012
Network 2012, Grimmerhus: Denmark’s International Ceramic Museum, April 2012
Project Network III,  Guldagergaard Apple House Gallery, Denmark, March 2012
In Abundance, Kestle Barton, Cornwall, July 2011
The Open West, Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham, February 2011
Rare Gifts, The Residence Gallery, London, December 2010
Homework, Mint, London, September 2010
Designers of the Future, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, June-July 2010

Collections

Victoria and Albert Museum, Hedgerow, Purchased 2017
Garden Museum, Daydream, Loaned 2017
Worshipful Company of Tin Makers Alias Wire Workers ‘Company Treasures’, Acquired 2015
Museum of London, Oh! The Jubilee, Souvenir Plate, Acquired 2012

Residencies

Cove Park, Early Career Residency, Scotland, Upcoming 2017
Forde Abbey, with Flow Gallery and Somerset Art Works, Somerset, Upcoming 2017
Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Scotland, 2016
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark, 2012
Victoria and Albert Museum, Ceramics Studio, Graduate Residency, London, 2010
Seoul National University, Ceramics Department, South Korea, 2009

Awards and Achievements

American Crafts Council Conference Bursary to attend the ACC Conference Present Tense, 2016Charlotte Fraser Award awarded at RCA Ceramics & Glass WIP Show, 2015 and 2016
The Grocers Company Bursary awarded to an RCA Ceramics & Glass student, 2015
Short Listed for V&A’s Studio Ceramics: Early Career UK Makers residency, 2013
June and Sidney Crown Dissertation Prize for Criminality and Clay: An Investigation into Victorian Staffordshire Portrait Figures of Infamous Murderers,  2010
Burt Brill and Cardens Highly Commended Prize for BA Degree show, 2010

Teaching and Public Engagement  

Tate Exchange Artist with Collective Matter, Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, London, 2016 – Current
Visiting Lecturer, University of Brighton, Brighton, 2016
Facilitator and Chair, The Why Question: a panel discussion on the dissemination of material-specific education within the wider visual arts, Royal College of Art, London, 2016
Education Artist, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2011 – Current
Ceramics Technician, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2015 - 2016
Ceramics Tutor, Clapham Pottery, London, 2012 – 2016
Technical Demonstrator, Polymers and Composites Workshop, University of Brighton, 2012 –2014
Ceramics Club Coordinator, Kilmorie Primary School, London, 2011 - 2013