CSAD's Inc. Space 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 or designer.
During the 12 months they receive mentoring from an academic team member to help them develop their practice, a mentor to help them develop their business skills and their own studio within the Inc. Space at CSAD. They have access to all of the School's workshops and facilities and support from our technical team to continue to develop their practical skills. The School also works closely with the University's Centre for Student Entrepreneurship and a wide range of professionals who provide workshops, talks and advice to ensure they're in the strongest position to succeed in their chosen careers in the long term.
Adam Musitano - printmaker
I want to make printmaking a more accessible creative practice for both children and for the general public. I will achieve this by making my own print kit that can facilitate different types of printing such as, lithography, screen printing and linocut as well as teaching paper making and bookbinding to allow for a creative exploration for a wide range of ages and abilities.
I plan to go to primary and secondary schools as well as colleges to teach workshop sessions which may not have the facilities to be able teach this, so that children and young adults can engage with a creative practice to learn and develop their skillsets. I also plan to host workshop sessions in local community centres and creative spaces so that the wider public can be more engaged with a creative practice and to see just how easy it can be to generate work. I will also be looking to attend festivals and pop up events. I plan to sell these individual kits so that schools can further the education of their pupils and for the public to be able to develop their skillset and learn at home. I will also be planning on either charging for my time for each session, or for a product that is made at the end of each session.
Adam's place in Inc is supported by:
Andy Hallam - The Pet Housing Company
The Pet Housing Company provides high quality pet housing solutions for commercial and residential use. Designing and manufacturing a range of standard and bespoke solutions tailored to the animals’ and customers' needs. Brits are considered a nation of animal lovers. In 2016 11 million of us in the UK had pets, making an estimated pet population of around 57 million. Here at The Pet Housing Company it is very important to us that every single one of these pets are looked after in the best way possible, which means building them the finest homes we can. Sustainability is also very important to us, choosing the most appropriate materials to suite the animals and the environment they will live in whilst being responsible with the material choice and the way we manufacture it.
Evan Moore - Mooremaking
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As a designer and maker, I seek to produce work that bridges the gap between art and design. Exploring the brink of the two sectors, I strive to create pieces which can be both functional and sculptural. I enjoy working with complex design and manufacture processes that combine the traditional and the digital through a range of materials, technologies and techniques enabling me to make pieces which demonstrate both concept and craftsmanship.
This year I aim to develop a range of lighting pieces which explore form and build on my final year project ‘Forms from other worlds’. The range will become part of ‘Mooremaking’, a contemporary design and manufacture business, producing sculptural and experimental lighting design, positioned somewhere between art and design.
Isabella Bilstein - Isabella Bilstein Ceramics
I am a potter and make functional dinner ware, that is thrown on the potters wheel and fired in a gas kiln. I have so far focused on making pots for the speciality coffee industry, which I sell at Lufkin Coffee Roasters in Cardiff. In the coming year I aim to extend my practice, supply more cafés and sell my work on craft markets. I want to learn more about slip ware and traditional British earthenware.
One of my main objectives for this year is to create a line that is distinctive and recognisable to the customer. I want to take time to design sets of domestic ware that are timeless. When looking at the life's work of master potters such as Lucie Rie or Michael Cardew (I purposefully chose these two very different makers) one can recognise that their very early works are made by the same hands and inspired by the same minds as their later works. Of course there is progress in the language of form and over time ones "handwriting" adapts, but authentic works of art and craft show a certain continuity throughout the career of the maker. In order to achieve this in my work I need to find a language of form and colour that will endure.
Isabella’s place in Inc is supported by
Jason Gregory - Artist
I present transitional events, hybrids of physical and emotional experience concerned with states of crisis and transformation. There is a deep connection with the infinite and interconnected elements of natural and urban landscapes. In abstraction they mutate into reflections of the unknowable.
The paintings suggest a liminal, in-between space preceding a threshold event. In many works the paint becomes a structurally ambivalent mass, created through repeated negation and re-application of paint. Although unintentionally seductive, areas of active paint appear as blooms of colour moving into existence, suggesting a revelation of things hidden. This was however not a conscious thought in the creation of the work, rather an unplanned outcome of the making.
Unthinking actions play a significant role in the creation of my paintings, through the act, the work becomes a source of ontological enquiry, where do we retreat when our reality is in flux or crisis? The vertical stripes are used to create a sense of connectivity, they also represent the cyclical, carrying narrative from one work into the next, an implied constant.
I often reference landscapes that associate with spiritual events which I document through semi-representational drawing and photography on location. I take inspiration from many painting genres including, traditional Chinese landscape, abstract expressionism, English romantic and provisional painting. I employ contemporary apocalyptic rhetoric and related philosophy forming a totality in the creation of works.
Michaela Saunby - Ceramicist
Mikky Saunby is committed to a career as a studio ceramicist and has already shown and sold her work in galleries and exhibitions, including at the British Ceramics Biennale Fresh show. During her time in Inc she plans to spend the first three months developing her body of work. “I already have a fantastic starting point on which to work, and using feedback I have received both from my audiences at shows as well as the tutors in university, I have a firm idea of how I will begin the project. Also during this time, I will be researching open calls for exhibitions both regionally and nationally, as I am a driver I am able to delivery my large and heavy work to all corners of the country. Following my development period, I am hoping to release a new body of work into the public realm both through shows and internet marketing, mainly through social media. I am already comfortable with this mode of marketing myself. As I am happy to work to commission, during this time I will also be accepting commissions, hopefully taken at Hatfield House Art in Clay which has previously proven to be a huge success for me.
“Following my initial research period, I will continue developing my ideas and works throughout the year, experimenting with my ideas in a space I can be more free without the restrictions of an academic course. I already have some idea of what sells in my work and what does not, and so using this experience I will develop my public work.
“I also lead public workshops in hand building, cob stomping and building, and slip decorating. I will include a link to the page on my website which details this work experience.”
Mikky’s place in Inc is supported by
Nathan Mullis - Ceramic Artist and Printmaker
Nathan is a practising artist who has just completed his MA Ceramic at CSAD, having completed his BA here in 2016. Nathan already sells his prints and sculptural work at many of the exhibitions he has already featured in which include the Fresh show at the British Ceramics Biennale. He is also part of the artists’ collective ‘ Phosphorus’ which hosts regular events and exhibitions to promote its members and their work which Nathan has found is an effective way of selling to the public.
“Presently I would define myself as a multimedia artists working across a variation of artistic platforms as a lot of the time my art work crosses boundaries into a variety of creative processes such as ceramics and plastics, glass etching and printmaking. The main reason I want to elevate my art work upon a business platform is to simply fund myself and carry on creating what I love whilst opening as many doors as I possibly can. Ceramics and printmaking are both prevalent within my artistic practice, and my skill range expands widely across both disciplines. Both practices tend to bounce of one another informing my theoretical interests and standpoints surrounding geology, geography, primacy and spatiality.
“My objectives for 2017/18 are to publicise and exercise my work outside of the UK, exhibiting and competing at art competitions and awards internationally. Whilst I build my representation I intend on also selling my work internationally, raising the general overall bar in which I can sell my art and in the same respects raise and promote my profile as an artist.“
Nathan’s place in Inc is supported by
Naomi Hopkins - Designer
Naomi’s current design collection is called Geo and offers a range of products including wall lighting in stainless steel and a fluorescent tube, table lamps with LED bulbs in stainless steel and acrylic, a stainless steel shelf and table, small acrylic sculptures and aluminium sculptures. Her main objective for 2017-2018 is to launch and grow her collections and to start generating an income from them.
Naomi’s place in Inc is supported by
Rosalind Adams - Roz Adams Studio