Craft NI Studio Interview: Derek Wilson Ceramic Artist
Craft NI has commissioned four films of contemporary Northern Ireland makers at work in their studios and Ceramicist Derek Wilson starts the series from his studio in Belfast. Derek Wilson lives and works in Northern Ireland and studied as an undergraduate and postgrad at Belfast School of Art. He now exhibits and sells widely in Europe and Japan - and fortunately in NI and Ireland too!
The studio films aim to give an insight into the inspiration, values and processes behind the work of all the makers:
"I work in celadon glazed porcelain and stoneware and my objects, whether they are made to be used or not, tend to be placed in groupings – evoking communality and sociability. My aim is to push the boundaries of a traditional and diverse artform through playing with its aesthetics, materiality and processes. Fundamentally, my work is essentially made to be used in everyday life."
Having used the downtime of lockdown to draw and develop ideas while preparing exhibition work, Derek talks about his current practice and direction. Enjoy this invitation into his Belfast studio.
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