MONIKA GRANDVAUX

Ceramicist / Potter

My work aspires to critically investigate the conceptual potential of the ceramic object , exhibiting my belief that ceramic multiples and ceramic installation art can demonstrate a clear attachment to the material clay as well as a strong connection with the history and tradition of the medium while transcending its association with Craft – enabling thereof the ceramic artist to express content and conceptual ideas that can interject with various audiences, convey substantive content and generate conversations about political and social issues.  

Deeply interested in the question on how artists can address social issues in contemporary art practice as advocates and influence public opinion through their practice, a substantial part of my work derives directly from my previous professional experience as a documentary photographer during which I have documented extensively various social issues and the subject of maternal health in particular. 

As a ceramic artist and craftswoman I am particularly interested in exploring the ways through which the ceramic object driven by a conceptual framework can become a tool for the dissemination of knowledge while displaying a strong association with the tradition of craft between which i have come to see no conflict but rather a set of opportunities in which ceramic artists can experiment.

PROFILE

EDUCATION

2014  Bachelor of Arts in Ceramic Design – First Class

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

 

2006  Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism

London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 – Present  Monika Grandvaux Ceramic Studio – Owner

Lukow, Poland

Pottery and Clay Workshops

 

2014 – 2017  Artist Residency

Stoneydown Primary School, London

Clay workshops and project development with children (Year 2-4)

 

July 2013 – Sept 2013  Internship

Cmielow Studio, Poland

Supervised by Artist Marek Cecula

 

2004 – 2010  Documentary Photographer / Photojournalist

Freelance, Haiti

Multiple assignments for International and local NGOs including: World health

Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),

The Restavek Foundation, Haitian Network for Health and Development. 

AWARDS

2013  Winner Annual Sylvie Nisbet Ceramic Award 

2014  Shortlisted NOVA Award