Originally a ceramicist Rebecca has recently retrained and developed a new body of jewellery that combines luxurious porcelain and bone china with precious metals, but removes the formality of the materials so they drip with the desire of momentary self-indulgence. Her work in silver and porcelain turns everyday items into a collage of pleasurable extravagance.
The instant gratification of covetous confectionary sits against the inherent value of the materials Rebecca uses. But the frivolity is not all it seems. Lurking amongst the vanity, the cravings and the desire is a serious critique of both her chosen material and our consumer culture. Rebecca seeks to upturn the prevalence of disposable convenience by elevating the status of everyday wares into ‘objets des arts’. The concurrence of porcelain and silver with incongruous and dispensable, incidental materials creates an ironic play of worth between what we desire and what we choose to indulge in.
Rebecca first studied Ceramics at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, graduating in 2003, and followed this with an MA in Ceramics at UWIC, Cardiff in 2004. She has exhibited extensively both in this country and abroad most recently as part of ‘Collect’ at the Saatchi Gallery (2009 – 2011), representing Scotland at the International Biennial of Young Artists in Greece in 2011, SOFA Chicago in 2012, and with the Triennial Museum of Art and Design in Milan as part of Sesso, Kama et Design in 2013. Recent publications include Design Behind Desire, 500 Paper Objects and Humour in Craft. Awards received include the People’s Choice Award at the Belgian Ceramics Biennale, and the Hope Scott Trust award.