Ayr design student takes inspiration from North-east for final year show

A crafty student from the Ayr will showcase his unique ceramic creations which have been inspired by and created using components found in the North-east of Scotland.

Robert HunterRobert Hunter (22), who is studying Three Dimensional Design at Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Gray’s School of Art, has unveiled the culmination of four years’ hard work at the annual Degree Show, which runs until Saturday, June 24.

His final year project focuses on the development of natural glaze ceramics which have been created from raw materials taken from around Aberdeen.  

Robert, who picked up the BP Design Award at the launch of the show on Friday night, spent a lot of time researching and touring the North-east and collecting samples which he combined to make a unique glaze from entirely natural, local materials.

“What I have focused on for my degree show was to develop my own natural glaze for my ceramic work and the best way for me to do that was to be inspired by Aberdeen and the shire,” he said.

“My Degree show project, ‘HAAR’, is a collection of work which I used my glaze on and which seemed fitting to the city of Aberdeen. I wanted my work to reflect the city in some way so incorporated granite and local seaweed which has combined to create a lovely duck egg blue colour.”

Robert’s collection of work is now on display alongside more than 150 other students’ at the end of year show.

Shortly after showcasing his work at the show, he will set off for a three-month internship in Mallorca with a well-known ceramics artist.

“I've been luckily enough to have the opportunity to spend three months on an internship out in Mallorca, Spain, with an amazing ceramics Artist called Maria De Haan.

“Going out to work with her will be an invaluable experience which will hopefully provide me with a good grounding for when I return.

“I would love to have the chance to open my own studio and make ceramics for a living as I can't imagine a more calming life than that, but I’ll just need to see what the future has to offer me and take it step by step.”

The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, which is sponsored by BP for the fourteenth year, runs from June 17 to 24 and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.


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