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Ceramics & Glass (MA)

Bryony Applegate

Based in Hertfordshire, England, Bryony Applegate completed her Foundation Diploma at Oaklands College in 2013, followed by a BA at Staffordshire University, graduating in 2016. Bryony then worked in her own studio in Stoke-On-Trent for two years, before embarking on her MA at the Royal College of Art in London. During this time, she completed a one month residency in Jingdezhen, China. Bryony has a studio in Much Hadham and specialises in high-end tableware and interior ceramic objects. She has won awards such as Potclays 2016 and QEST Scholarship 2019. Recent exhibitions include Ceramic Art London, New Designers, Top Drawer, Handmade in Britain, Designersblock and The Independent Hotel Show. 




Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Ceramics & Glass (MA)

My practice revolves around designing and making functional ceramic objects. There is a clear focus on form and function working in harmony. There is often a blurring of boundaries between sculpture and utility, which is a signature of my design style. Recently, I have focused on material-led thinking and innovative processes in order to create a collection of lighting for the home, as well as a collection of tableware aimed at Michelin star restaurants. The designs themselves are minimalist in style but elegant, utilising contrasting qualities such as colour, material and finish to create eye-catching objects for restaurants, hotels or the home. I work through experimenting with different techniques; evolving and developing my objects to create unusual combinations of texture, colour and pattern. I focus on precision and attention to detail in the work I produce; the processes I have developed lend themselves to this. My process begins with a conversation with the client/chef; leading to my understanding of their aesthetic, needs and ideas.  

I thrive on collaboration and conversation. Bouncing ideas back and forth with customers and colleagues leads to the most rewarding outcomes.  

Large Piped Plate — With a pointed dish.

Large Piped Plate — With a pointed dish.

Medium Plate - 2 — With a shallow plate.

Medium Plate - 2 — With a shallow plate.

Small Plate - 2 — With a shallow plate.

Medium Plate - 1 — With a pointed dish.

Medium Plate - 1 — With a pointed dish.

A set of five black and white dishes, each piped by hand with a contrasting coloured dish that sits in the top of each ‘place-mat’. The set has been designed to bring art and food together; the ‘placemat’ is the piped artwork with the slip-cast dish brought to the table and placed on top, interlocking into each shape.




5 sizes ranging from 13-22cm diameter /

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Colour Options

Throughout this project I have been ‘controlling the chaos’ in the fluid and experimental process of piping a porcelain slip into a simple, yet challenging mould to create a striking piece of artwork, intriguing the viewer to question the material. This has led to testing combinations of colours and thicknesses, pushing a technique as well as a material to its full extent.

Looking at the light shining through works in progress, I was mesmerized by the shadows created by sunlight in the studio. The piece itself is intricate and delicate and so are the warping shadows moving around the patterns and through the form.




Sizes Vary

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A collection of beakers and plates.

Inspired by a Staffordshire slipware plate from the 1750s, I am using the technique of slip-marbling in a contemporary way. I have developed this technique over the past year, creating a new plate form and experimenting with different colour combinations. I have learnt to understand how to control the slip movement, leading to the development of a range of different shapes.




A range of Sizes

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

2019 QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholar - Ceramics, The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) supports excellence in British craftsmanship through scholarship and apprenticeship funding, striving to make a difference to the lives and careers of talented and aspiring makers working across the UK.

21 July 2020
12:30 (GMT + 0)

Engaging through materials: Collaboration, Community and Communication with ceramics and glass

This discussion explores ways that students in C&G have expanded their practices beyond the studio.
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