Hand built earthenware ceramics
BA Hons Fine and Applied Arts
University of Ulster, Belfast
Lives and works in N. Ireland
Rebecca Killen is a ceramic designer/maker based in Northern Ireland. She makes unique products for the interiors and giftware markets using fine bone china, cobalt and hints of gold lustre, creating luxury statement pieces for the home. The work, inspired by traditional blue and white patterns, is simple and contemporary in form and decorated using a variety of printing methods.
Rebecca, uses the industrial process of slip casting which gives her complete control and influence at each part of the making practice. Whilst studying and completing a residency at the University of Ulster, Rebecca spent some time at Belleek Pottery, Co. Fermanagh and Guldagergaard, The International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark further refining her mould making skills.
Plaster moulds are used to cast the liquid bone china before firing. She then applies the individual designs to her work using hand painted designs, ceramic transfers and lustres. A love of collecting beautiful things for the home has driven a desire to create communities of pieces that gather together forming their own unique dialogue. Rebecca also creates one off commissions and pieces for exhibitions that are often inspired by the historical foundations of blue and white ceramics, China’s influence on western ceramics and the processes involved in making functional ceramics.
Rebecca Killen Ceramics, who is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is based at the Southern Regional College, Newry through Craft NI’s flagship programme Making It. It is here where the pieces are born, from inception to completion.
‘CERAMIC SHOWCASE’, APRIL – JUNE 2015, THE HARLEY GALLERY, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
‘REFLECTIONS’ EXHIBITION, APRIL 2015, ISLAND ARTS CENTRE, LISBURN
BRITISH CRAFT TRADE FAIR, (TRADE) 12TH-14TH APRIL 2015, HARROGATE