Jaime Valentine is a British contemporary ceramicist based in South West, England. While studying at UCA Farnham Jaime chose to specialise in Ceramics. This was a natural decision as she found clay complimented her need for direct material contact and contemplation while making. She is able to explore ideas in an immediate, but less permanent way; while allowing the material an element of control.
Through experimentation, Jaime gravitated towards hand-built ceramic techniques and more specifically the process of slab building. Her forms are often constructed from many individual elements where she relies on the chemical changes of the ceramic firing process to fuse her works together. Often using colour and the use of multiples, Jaime's most recent work comments on the power of the 'group'.
Searching for clarity in her concepts Jaime refers to her own photographs and drawings to support, influence and develop her current practice. Before engaging with the material Jaime sketches out and plans her designs. She deliberately designs without limitations and is excited to take on projects that will challenge and develop an understanding of her material.
Jaime has an interest in building connections, collaborating with other makers and learning more about her discipline.
Interested in the presence of a singular piece and the power of the collective group. Jaime often uses her own photographs and drawings to support and influence her designs, this process has become integral to this maker's practice. Jaime at times allows herself to be led by her material and welcomes this evolving practice. From modest clay slabs, she sensitively builds layers before arriving at her final form. Attracted to the strength, tension and fragility of clay Jaime intently produces multiples through her exploration of layers. These forms hold a contemporary profile and are the result of a contest between maker and material for control. Jaime intends for her work to be shown collectively, they're shared aesthetic connects each individual object as a unified group.
University for the Creative Arts Farnham. BA (Hons) Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery & Metalwork. 2018 - 2021.
Opportunities and Experience
2019 Ceramic Art LondonVolunteered to man artists stands during their breaks. - Assisted with sales, packing, communication and promotion.
2020 Useful Parallels, The Art Workers Guild London - Participation and networking event promoting craft and contemporary making.
2020/2021 Makers Tale Exhibition, Salisbury Art Centre. - Visited and connected with the Art Centre to devise work inspired by the architecture and history of Salisbury Cathedral.
GCJM BA(Hons) 2nd Year In Progress Show 2020. UCA Linear Gallery.
GCJM BA(Hons) Graduation Show 2021. Crafts Study Centre Farnham.
Makers' Tale Exhibition 2021, Salisbury Arts Centre.