Since 1985 ROSL have annually purchased an artwork from a graduating MA Ceramics & Glass student at Royal College of Art to be awarded to the winner of the Overseas Prize.
2023 | Alexander Aitken
Alexander Aitken, Sea Horizons Vase
2023 Royal Over-Seas League RCA Ceramics & Glass Award
Sea Horizons Vase by Alexander Aitken was selected for Australian euphonium player James Blackford, recipient of 2023 Lorna Viol Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Musician from Overseas.
The Sea Horizons Vase is crafted using the historic technique of maiolica glazing, serving as a tangible testament to the rich history of travel and cultural exchange. Maiolica, originating in the Islamic world and subsequently spreading to Europe, embodies a captivating fusion of diverse artistic influences that have traversed continents and civilisations. By employing this technique, the vase becomes a material representation of the interconnectedness of cultures and the exchange of ideas across borders.
In paying homage to the journey of maiolica, the Vase embraces the vibrant colours that have historically defined this exquisite art form, combining red to yellow tones of locally sourced iron-based pigments with the vibrant blue hue derived from cobalt, a non native, imported material. The Sea Horizons Vase stands as a lasting tribute to exploration, cultural exchange, and the enduring beauty of ceramic craftsmanship.
"Location and context is an overwhelming condition, I find unpicking can be curious.’" - Alexander Aitken
Alexander Aitken is a ceramic sculptor and draftsperson from Kent living and working in London. He is 2021-2023 RCA Griffin Scholar, studying Ceramic and Glass MA and graduated with honours from Camberwell College of Arts Sculpture BA in 2018.
• Royal College of Art, Masters of Ceramics and Glass, Griffin Scholar, 2021-2023
• Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts London), Bachelor of Sculpture, 2018
• University of Creative Arts Epsom, Foundation Diploma in Fine Art, 2016
Select Exhibitions, Events and Installations
2023 Changing Room Gallery x The House of St Barnabas, London
2023 Fermenting, London
2023 Sharp Minds, Special Dispensaries, Norfolk
2023 Amber Rooms, 180 The Strand, London
2022 Loam Lounge, Well Projects, London
2022 Pump House, London
2022 Still Life, OHSO, London
2022 Window Display, Well Projects, Margate
2021 Breakfast and Dining room installation, Grafton Street Arts Club, London
2021 Brockley Gardens Raffle, Brockley Gardens, London
2021 New Friends - Old Friends, Collective Ending HQ, London
2021 Alumni Entrance Cabinet, Camberwell College of Arts, London
2022 | Sogon Kim
Sogon Kim, Celestial; Red #3
2022 Royal Over-Seas League RCA Ceramics & Glass Award
Celestial; Red #3 by Sogon Kim was selected for Australian soprano Cassandra Wright, recipient of 2022 Lorna Viol Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Musician from Overseas.
Sogon Kim received a BFA in Metal Art & Design whilst double-majoring in Ceramics & Glass and minor in Industrial Design from Hongik University, Seoul. Her works are exhibited internationally including 2022 British Glass Biennale; 2021 Cheongju International Craft Competition, Korea, and 2020 International KOGEI Award, Toyama, Japan.
2019 | Nico Conti
Benson Wilson baritone won the Overseas Award and recieved the artwork below created by artist Nico Conti.
2019 Royal Over-Seas League RCA Ceramics & Glass Award
Having lived on the small island of Malta all his life meant that Nico was constantly surrounded by family and tradition. Leaving the faithful heat of the Mediterranean sun and building a life in the metropolis that is London has exposed him to vast resources and opportunities. This sudden shift into the contemporary has impacted his work the most.
With the ever so fast advancements in technology, art and craft are affected by modern tools and machinery. Nico now looks at clay and seeks to find new ways of taking it to new territory. He is drawn by conflicting themes he strives to bind in his work; traditional and contemporary, stability and weakness, order and chaos. Each side has a little of the other; there are no clear solid boundaries and that overlap is where Nico draws most of his inspiration from. For him, clay is not a material but also a tool that serves as a visual vocabulary to express his ideas.
Exhibitions and group shows
2019 Miscellany (London)
2018 Royal College of Art / WIP Show (London)
2018 Beneath the Stats: The Beach (London)
2017 Royal College of Art / WIP Show (London)
2017 Lanċa Ġejja : Malta, Past and Present Exhibition (Brussels) 2016 MACST End of Year Exhibition / Leave a Mark (Malta)
2015 MCAST End of Year Exhibition / #TIKKA (Malta)
2014 Design Week Festival (Malta)
2014 Bieganski Art Festival / Commemoration of WWI (Malta)
2018 | Judy McKenzie
Alexander McFarlane viola was presented an artwork (pictured below) by Ceramacist Judy McKenzie.
2018 Royal Over-Seas League RCA Ceramics & Glass Award
Judy creates unique ceramic objects using the processes of Nerikomi and Kintsugi. Nerikomi focuses the attention on the porcelain clay, coloured with stains and oxides to create patterns. Kintsugi, embraces imperfections. Her fascination with the techniques is not only that the clay and pattern combine to become a material, but also, the true character of the clay is exploited. When manipulated, the plasticity of the clay encourages movement, forming naturally soft lines which appear to drift in and out of focus within the designs. The Kintsugi becomes a precious scar, reminding us that there is strength and beauty in the fragility of life.
Royal College of Art - Ceramics and Glass studying for a Masters Degree
Havering College of Further and Higher Education: BA (Hons) 3D Design and Craft : Graduated 2015 1st Class BA (Hons)
Exhibitions and group shows
2018 - 'Materialise' - Group Show in the private home of Preston Fitzgerald, London
2017 - Work in Progress Show - Royal College of Arts
2015-2016 - Cecilia Colman Gallery, London 'In the Window'
2016 - Emerging Makers Exhibition, Bils & Rye Gallery, Yorkshire
August 2016 - Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries
Jan/Feb 2016 - Bevere Gallery, Worcester, Graduate Exhibition
Nov 2015 - ArtsThread : Handmade in Chelsea
Oct 2015 - Royal Opera Gallery Sculpture and Ceramic Exhibition
Oct 2015 - Innovations in Ceramic, Cambridge, Art Anglian Potters Showcase
July 2015 - Connect2colour Lacey Contemporary Gallery Finalist
June 2015 - New Designers graduate show
2017 | Viil Coward
Abel Selaocoe, was awarded an artwork (pictured below) by Glass artist Viil Coward.
2018 Royal Over-Seas League RCA Ceramics & Glass Award
Viil Coward is a Norwegian glass artist living in London. She graduated from Falmouth University in Cornwall, England with a BA(hons) in Contemporary Craft in 2015. It was there that she first were introduced to glass and she specialized in lost wax casting.
She is now in her final year of an MA at Royal College of Art in ceramics and glass. Since starting at the RCA she has been fascinated by cut glass and the different techniques that goes under this category. She is now exploring these different techniques and are discovering how changing the surface with a texture transforms the shape and how we see an object.
2015- 2017 Royal College of art, MA Ceramics and Glass
2012-2015 Falmouth University, BA(hons) Contemporary Crafts
2017 “Collections” in the private home of Preston Fitzgerald, London
2017 “The emerging and the established” Christie’s, London
2015 Degree show, Falmouth University, England
2015 “Beauty and power” Plymouth museum and art gallery, England
2014 “In the Window” Malcolm Sutcliffe gallery, England
2014 “You are here” Trelissick gardens, England
2016 | Elinor Portnoy
2015 | Helen Slater
2014 | Dan Bowran
2013 | Lydia Hardwick
2012 | Samantha Donaldson
2011 | Sarah Wiberley
2010 | Hanne Enemark
2009 | Katharine Morling
2008 | Michael Eden
2007 | James Rigler
2006 | Nick Turvey
2005 | Aimee Lax
2004 | Rachel Kneebone
2003 | Steve Brown
2002 | Louise Watson
2001 | Phil Atrill
2000 | Joanna Bone
1999 | Stephannie Colston
1998 | Jake Irving
1997 | Claire McLaughlin
1996 | Gareth Williams
1995 | Martin Moore
1994 | Kirsty Sutherland
1992 | Michael Greenall
1991 | Lubna Chowdary
1990 | Julie Wood
1989 | Matthew Groves
1988 | Liz Crowley
1987 | Stephen Dixon
1985 | Jennifer Amon