Ross-Shire designer hopes to make waves at Degree Show

A young Ross-shire designer is preparing to unveil her work as part of the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show in Aberdeen this month.

Hannah Morrison 2015 Degree ShowHannah Morrison (22), from Conon Bridge, is in her final year of studying Three Dimensional Design at the art school and will see her work go on display alongside that of around 150 other fourth year students between June 20 and 27.

Specialising in ceramics and glass, the former Dingwall Academy pupil has been pushing the boundaries of kiln-forming glass techniques, while also creating a ceramic based collection which combines the placement of glass pools within them.

Hannah explained: “This year I’ve been working with glass and ceramics and looking at combining the two, both within process and as two separate entities.

“I’ve been experimenting with kiln-forming glass techniques for collection one, and learning the art of throwing on the wheel as well as creative placement of glass pools or channels either inside or on these thrown vessels to create collection two.”

Talking about what has inspired her work, Hannah said: “The inspiration for my two collections this year has come from the beauty of the shoreline of Scotland, particularly the stunning beaches of Harris on the Western Isles, a place I feel a close personal connection with.

Hannah Morrison - 3 Dimensional Design

Hannah Morrison – 3 Dimensional Design

“I’ve been interested in our interaction with objects and the reasons we grow sentimentally attached to them and so my collections explore both the pure beauty of the landscape and colours within it, as well as the act of collecting ‘treasures’ such as pebbles and shells on visits to the beach.

“I want to recreate that sequence of emotions from the feeling of discovery to attachment to nostalgia from the memory held within the object with the pieces I’ve created.”

Hannah is pleased with how her collections have come together, given the unpredictable nature of some of the techniques she was using and will also be making a trip to London this month to showcase her work at New Designers.

“New Designers is a very daunting challenge for me as I’m not a massive fan of large cities but I am really looking forward to the experience of exhibiting my work in London alongside my classmates as well as getting to see the work from similar disciplines from universities all over the country,” she said.

“Although it’s exciting to be leaving Gray’s and going onto new things this summer, it will also be very sad.

Quote marks“Art school is an incredible experience to have gone through and one I would definitely recommend to others. While it can be very stressful and infuriating at times, it is a mostly positive and enriching experience where you get study with and learn from all kinds of amazing people.”

Hannah will be spending more time up north this summer after graduating, working with Jenny Mackenzie Ross at Northshore Pottery in Latheron for six weeks, as well as undertaking a glass masterclass at Scotland’s glass making centre of excellence Northlands, which is also based in Caithness.

Hannah said: ”I hope these experiences will be the first steps to me becoming a designer/maker and hopefully having my own studio and shop like Jenny one day.

“But one step at a time, any opportunity is welcome in the coming months – placements, collaborations and residencies will be my priority for the foreseeable future.”

Hannah’s work will be on display as part of the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, sponsored by BP for the twelfth year, which runs from June 20 to 27.

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Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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