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ART FOOD – STUDENTS DESIGN TABLEWARE TO ENHANCE THE BEAUTY OF FOOD

You’re in your favourite restaurant enjoying a selection of culinary delights – what if the tableware was as artfully crafted as the food and could enhance your enjoyment of eating? This is the aim of Art Food a new project and exhibition from the Ceramics & Glass programme at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and School of Form (SoF, Poznan, Poland) product design program in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Polish heritage manufacturer, Cmielow Porcelain.

Students were asked to develop porcelain forms designed to show the beauty of food and serve as a canvas for the gourmet menus created by chefs, including Tim Allen, head chef at Launceston Place in Kensington, Wojciech Modest Amaro (Atelier Amaro) and advice from food critic, William Sitwell.

Working with visiting Professor and international designer, Marek Cecula and RCA senior tutor Felicity Aylieff (RCA), throughout the project students experienced the reality of designing and making and communicating their ideas to a wider audience. The culmination was a residency at the Cmielow Porcelain factory in Poland, where they worked with expert technicians to see their designs manufactured and produced at a professional level.

Designs include an Amuse Bouche plate inspired by a drop of milk; geometric pieces that combine classical shapes with rapid prototyping technology; inter-connecting plates that form different patterns for the table; elegant white tableware with flora and foliage indentations to collect and display sauces, referencing the origins of the food being served and tactile cups that connect the maker to the user through imprints left in the original clay model.

The final 14 pieces of tableware will go on display in four separate exhibitions, two in Poland and two in UK.

During the London Design Festival, Art Food will be at Flow Gallery in Notting Hill from 16 to –22 September.  From 24 September–10 November, ceramic innovation and heritage will sit side by side as the exhibition moves to the British Ceramic Biennial in the original Spode factory in Stoke-on-Trent. The students’ work will be displayed within a section called The Lab, showcasing contemporary trends in ceramics.

EXHIBITION INFORMATION

Concordia Design
3 Zwierzyniecka Street, Poznan, Poland
opening: 25.07.2013, 6pm
26.07-08.08.2013
FREE
http://www.concordiadesign.pl/eventy/wystawy/286,1374703200,Art+Food+%E2%80%93+WYSTAWA

Flow Gallery, 1-5 Needham Road, London W11 2RP
Private View: Thursday 19 September: 6pm–8pm
16-21 September: 11am – 6pm; 22 September: by appointment
FREE
http://www.flowgallery.co.uk/

British Ceramic Biennial – Original Spode factory site,
Kingsway/Church Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1BU
24 September-10 November: check website for opening times and admission.
http://www.britishceramicsbiennial.com/

Lodz Design Festival
17.10-27.10.2013
Festival Centre
Targowa 35
http://www.lodzdesign.com/uni/?lang=en

For further information, feature interviews or images please contact:

Poland:

Magda Mich,  IAM Media Relations Manager on t: (+48 22) 44 76 133 , cell: +48 602 663 570 , e: mmich@iam.p

UK:

Sue Bradburn, RCA Media Relations Manager on t: +44 (0) 20 7590 4114,
e: sue.bradburn@rca.ac.uk, or call +44 (0)20 7590 4123/4127, e: media@rca.ac.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

RCA students involved in the project: Flavie Audi, Rachel Cox, Andrew Deem, Emma Finch,
Sorsha Galvin, I Liang Liu, Alicja Patanowska, Landon Peck, Ewelina Wisniowska.

SoF students involved in the project: Karolina Rybak, Paulina Masternak, Antonina Kiliś, Dominika Bździak, Dorota Mostowiak, Marta Szostek.

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