Decorative Arts students showcase their work at Denby Pottery

A group of Year Two students exhibit giftware designs at the famous Derbyshire Pottery

Pieces made by student Denise Coupland
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Work by Denise Coupland for the Denby Pottery project

Students on the BA (Hons) Decorative Arts course at Nottingham Trent University have recently been invited by Denby Pottery Company to design gift products, using a range of materials including ceramics, glass, textiles, metal and wood.

And from Wednesday 2 August until Thursday 24 August 2017, the outcomes of this project will be exhibited in Denby's Craftroom at Denby Pottery Village in Derbyshire.

Working in groups, the students were required to design an item of giftware, or range of gift-related products made in stoneware that could be batch-produced and made and sold directly through the Craftroom at Denby, or online.

For the individual part of the project, students were invited to design and create a body of work inspired by any aspect of Denby – the products, the factory, the village, or the people.

The exhibiting students were Charlie Astill, Jack Church, Denise Coupland, Jude Edmondson, Alan Goodwin, Zoe Jiao, Aimee Jin, Ellie Nicholas, Izzy Pass, Paula Pontes, Phoebe Richardson, Rebecca Ridley, Emily Robinson, Josie Robinson, Francesca Slade, Bethany Tilly, Sonia Tyrna, Esmee Watts, Jacky Wong, Yasemin Yasar, Michelle Yuan and Saya Zhu.

Textile piece made by student Francesca Slade
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Work by Francesca Slade for the Denby Pottery project

Esme Watts said: “Working to a live brief was a great opportunity to explore new ground. Designing with such an iconic company as Denby  pushed my designs to be both current and classic, with the ability to stand the test of time."

Francesca Slade added: “The live project was an exciting opportunity to work with an internationally renowned company like Denby Pottery. It allowed us to work as a team of designers in different media to collaborate and produce something new.”

Izzy Pass praised the staff at Denby, saying: "The live Denby project was such a great experience, because it gave us an idea of what working for a creative company is like. Gary and Katie from Denby were so enthusiastic about all our ideas, and gave us some great advice and guidance for our future careers.”

Interested in BA (Hons) Decorative Arts? Find out more about the course.

Decorative Arts students showcase their work at Denby Pottery

Published on 15 August 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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