CSAD's Incubation Unit provides an opportunity for our graduates to spend an additional year with the School to launch their own business or a sustainable career as a practicing artist , designer or maker.
During the 12 months they have their own studio space within CSAD and access to all of the School's workshops and facilities as well as support from our technical team to continue to develop their practical skills. They undertake workshops with external creative sector specialists and each has their own mentor with whom they meet regularly to help them develop their professional, practice and business skills.
The School also works closely with the University's Centre for Entrepreneurship which also provides a wide range of workshops, talks and advice to ensure the Inc Space members are in the strongest position to succeed in their chosen careers in the long term.
Chloe Janine Lindsey (BA Textiles) - Pixie Dust Hut
Chloe Lindsey is a young textile designer based in South Wales who has just launched her new brand ‘Pixie Dust’. The brand specialises in glitter and anything shiny, creating a unique style by combining stationery and cosmetic products, finished with a Scandinavian style. Products are environmentally friendly as they are biodegradable. The main products on sale are bespoke - glitter pots, gift cards, gift sets and body/face gems - all designed, created and hand mixed by Chloe. She also offers makeup services during festivals and events. During her business venture she has turned her passion and love for textiles into a career using nothing but ‘Faith, Trust, with a sprinkle of Pixie Dust. Allowing targeted customers to ‘Shine Bright’ even on their darkest days using ‘Guilt Free Glitter’.
Chloe has lots of goals this year for her year in the Inc Space. During this time you will find a constant release of glittery products with hints of digital embroidery, collaborations with other artists, the Save The Turtles campaign, blogs about how to live a plastic free life, many photoshoots, and Pixie Dust will be seen at lots of events in and around Cardiff!!!
Luke Roberts (BA Fine Art) - Painter
Luke Roberts is a versatile conceptual as well as commission based artist working in the medium of oil. In his conceptual work Luke approaches the human condition, on the subject of his artwork he states: “The human condition is defined as: ‘the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence’. Within my practice I aim to explore the human condition through the depiction of both the inner emotional ego and the outer physical experiences of life.
“As explained by psychoanalyst Didier Anzieu: ‘…The skin is a screen and a filter, it is also the medium of passage and exchange, with the attendant possibility of violent reversal or rupture’. (Anzieu, 1989)
“My work aims to present paint as flesh; through its materiality, I enrich the viscosity of paint and explore skin tonality through fleshy tones so to heighten the physical experience of skin. By stripping back the idea of skin as a surface, the paintings now become an exploration into the physical tactility of flesh, and how it is an envelope that contains all that we are.
“The tangibility of the work speaks to the viewer; they should feel as if they could reach into the depiction and grab the flesh within it, as well as actively wanting to do so.”
Marek Líška (BA Ceramics) - Ceramic gardener - designer, sculptor
Marek works with clay in the most sympathetic way, resulting in objects cultivated into varied forms, at times resembling a humble cabbage, beetroot or various stalks and tubers.
These object bridge the gap between art and design, sometimes functional, sometimes installation.
Rooted in tradition, Marek looks at primitive clays and building techniques. Embellished with brilliant white tin glaze and in-glaze decorations, they are further tapping at the rich accounts of horticulture depicted through this historical technique.
“With a recent In:Site paid public commission on the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral, I hope to further develop my public art work, whether through commissions of sculptures, responding to sites, or delivering workshops, and creating engaging group exhibitions with my growing network of art practitioners. With the successes at Hatfield - Art in Clay or other business endeavours, I hope to continue translating my ideas and style into fun and live designs, creating a comprehensive range of functional objects.”
Morgan Dowdall (BA Ceramics) - Artist, Ceramicist, Illustrator
My work spans across a wide range of styles and mediums but is always concerned with the representation of male bodies throughout art - from sculpture all the way to surface pattern.
My sculptural pieces are quiet, contemplative works that explore the feelings that come with occupying a body, whilst my plates, drawings and prints are an overt celebration of queer sexuality and diverse naked bodies. My work is often playful but is nevertheless trying to subvert the traditions that come with portraying the naked male figure.
After a successful show at Hatfield Art in Clay, I’m hoping to continue developing and restocking my commercial ware, whilst also exploring other avenues outside of ceramics such as screen printing. My sculptures and installations will continue to be exhibited at various opportunities and I hope to further my theoretical underpinning in order to create new and exciting work.
Rhys Bullock (BA Artist Designer: Maker) - Maker
Sustainable practice is the underpinning principle of my work. In a culture set in unsustainable ways, my intention is to challenge this, through using as much sustainably sourced, natural material as possible, presenting an alternative to the throwaway society we live in.
Through embracing the materiality of the medium, I celebrate the natural features of each wood used through skilled craftsmanship; producing visually stimulating objects.
I allow the material to have agency in the making process, working with interesting aspects of the grain to best show it off in the final product. Similarly, the joinery techniques I use are brought into the present using traditional methods; choosing to make well considered features out of the geometric joins in contrast to the natural patterns of the wood.
My work embodies a modern, minimalist aesthetic, through utilising traditional craft skills. These skills I have cultivated become part of the functional purpose as well as ornamental aspects of each piece.
Spencer Penn (BA Ceramics) - Penn Cerameg
My business is making high end porcelain coffee and tea sets as well as finely thrown porcelain vessels.
Aims: To expand the number of galleries that currently sell my work and attend more ceramics fairs.
Toni De Jesus (BA Ceramics) - Ceramicist
I’m interested in the prosperity of ceramics within education and how numbers could be raised by bringing awareness to clay and pushing its boundaries.
Initially I want to focus on the development of my creative practice which entails an artistic and domestic strand, and also my professional practice, exploring possibilities for collaboration with fellow Incubation Unit members and other makers in the field.
The skills gained through this year will be an ignition for me to set up my own studio and helping other sole traders in becoming artists, designers, makers, etc., following my ethos.
‘It has been common to describe craft’s position as a borderline area between fine art and design. I prefer to call this area an ‘intervening space’ or, to be more precise, the space between function and non-function, tradition and breaking with tradition, craftsmanship-based art and idea-based art.’ Jorunn Veitiberg, 2005
Questions raised by this discourse resonate through my practice, a fusion of coil building and levels of flux cause the boundary of each form to literally oscillate as if in response to attempts at fixed definition.