Kayley Holderness MSDC

Ceramics

About Kayley
Kayley is most inspired by the challenge of creating sensual, curving forms and dramatic tonal qualities in her work. In the lock down months of 2020, Kayley began a new series of coiled work, which she continues to develop today. As you will see from the images below, each piece is different from the last. Seeking beauty and balance, Kayley works with clay slowly and sensitively, exploring its inclination to bend and stretch. The resulting forms are simple yet striking, the sinuous contours change when viewed from different angles and are satisfying to touch.
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Kayley still remembers her first experience of playing with clay in the early years of secondary school. Ever since, she has used it in projects as often as possible and is always amazed by the boundless possibilities it presents. She feels excessively lucky to have attended a school with ceramics facilities, and has always felt supported by wonderful and encouraging teachers.

Inspired by the beautiful tonal paintings of Calla Lillies by Tamara de Lempicka and the dramatic curves in the architectural work of Santiago Calatrava, Kayley aspires to create work that is sensual and tactile, whilst exploring curves, balance and symmetry. The method of making heavily informs the direction of the work and, at the moment, Kayley most enjoys creating sculptural vessels by layering and blending coils of clay.

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Kayley has been involved with the Society since 2009. Most recently, in her role as Interim Chair and Trustee, Kayley is working with the Society's Council and Volunteer Teams to build the profile of the Society and promote high standards of British craftsmanship.

Now in her seventh year of running the successful and independent 'Islington Pottery Workshops' at Islington Arts Factory, Kayley spends many hours in the week teaching, with a regular programme of group workshops and private tuition sessions.

Receiving her formal education between 2005 and 2009, Kayley trained as a Ceramic Designer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. Kayley received Highly Commended status and was a Finalist for two design competitions whilst at university, but most notably was awarded the Silvie Nisbet Scholarship, which she put towards a month-long trip to America, spending time in two ceramics studios in New York and Philadelphia. Kayley worked at various times as a studio assistant to seven established ceramicists.

Always up for a challenge, Kayley likes to put herself beyond her comfort zone. In 2012, she pitched her work against other craftspeople on the BBC2 show: 'Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution'. The work was judged by a panel of creative industry experts and her piece was selected as a winner. As a result of this adventure, Kayley's work was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for a month in October 2012.

Exhibitions

  • Into The Light SDC - The Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester - August 2020
  • Ceramics Showcase - Islington Arts Factory, London - 2019
  • Designer Crafts SDC - The Mall Galleries, London - 2015
  • MOSTYN in Llandudno - 2015
  • Designer Crafts SDC - The Mall Galleries, London - 2009
  • New Designers - Business Design Centre, London - 2009
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