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Case Study

Eileen Downs

MA Glass and Ceramics

I really like Sunderland and the National Glass Centre has amazing facilities that allow you to explore a wide range of ceramic processes.

My work mainly involves slip casting and printing on ceramic surfaces so I chose to make a large slip-cast punch bowl in bone china for my final piece, which is quite an ambitious project.

The staff have been very supportive, allowing me to explore quite unconventional methods to achieve my goal, without trying to influence my decisions.

I have so much more confidence in myself as an artist. Undertaking the MA has allowed me to explore working with bone china whilst also refining my skills in printmaking to support surface decoration.

Prior to undertaking my MA, I had a small garage studio. However, now that my skills have expanded sufficiently it has given me the confidence to take a studio at the National Glass Centre. I will continue to develop my ceramics and print skills making saleable pieces of work."

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