This year’s Gold Award Winner of the Craft & Design Magazine’s ‘Maker of the Year Award’, Moyra Stewart, gives her debut show in Bath with David Simon Contemporary, in a solo exhibition.
Through the process of Naked Raku, Moyra Stewart explores the ways in which human beings embrace the external influences
in their lives. Using elements of the natural world as a metaphor for our growth and change, she reconciles the collision between our interior world and its external context through her responses to
the way landscape is shaped by nature.
“Nature does not conform to regular shapes or straight lines, its physical form is
always affected by the forces in its environment.”
In her recent work Moyra Stewart has been concentrating on developing patterns like those found in Lewisian Gneiss. Lewisian Gneiss is the oldest rock on our planet formed some 5 million years ago. It is found on the north west coast of Scotland and the islands of Lewis and Harris. When you look at the folds and lines within the rock you get a clear sense of the strength of those forces, that the strata are not just a surface decoration but the history that marks and makes the rock is there all the way through. Moyra strives to make the surface of her vessels seem as though they are like the rock and that the pattern is not just on the surface but deeply embedded and an integral part of the form.
The process of Naked Raku is temperamental like nature; control and skill alone will not guarantee a successful result. With patience, diligence and attention, some work will make it through the fire unscathed and transformed into objects that seem almost to have sprung effortlessly into life.
Moyra Stewart, born in Edinburgh, studied at Stoke-on-Trent and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. After spending time teaching in London she moved to Canada for seventeen years, where she developed a community pottery facility where she taught ceramics. Moyra returned to Scotland in 1999 to carry on teaching pottery and founded an arts co-operative with John Strachan. She now lives and works in Fife and exhibits in Scotland and the UK, with work being shown in Hong Kong and U.S.A. In May 2015 Moyra was named as 'Maker of the Year' by Craft and Design Magazine, winning Gold Award and Overall Winner.