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One to Watch - Minal Carter

Where did you study and what was the course title?

The University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.

BA(Hons) Design Crafts (Ceramics with Glass)

Name of your lecturer – course tutor?

Project Tutor: Emma Marks

Course Leader: Antje Illner

How do you feel about being shortlisted by the judges and being selected as a ‘One to Watch’?

I was so surprised and overwhelmed that my work was chosen but it was such an accolade as well. Having my work validated by judges who work with colour makes me want to develop the project into other avenues.

How important is colour in your work and how do you choose and narrow down colours?

Colour and the choice of colours is important to my work, but it also has to tie in with the message that I am wanting to convey. For this work I instinctively chose bright vibrant colours used in the Indian festival of Holi. I also felt that having a small palette of colours was important, the colours used in this installation add a sense of hope and joy to a difficult hidden history.

What is your main source of inspiration?

I start by looking at complex hidden histories. The initial research has to hold my attention and through my research I understand if it is a narrative that I can relate to and represent in a caring and nurturing way. I gravitate towards histories that show inequality or injustice.

What makes you happiest/most fulfilled in your creative process?

I enjoy all the making processes – the research is important as it feeds into the form and making. Picking out important points allow me to show them symbolically. This then gives the installation layers of complexity and strength. I aim to make work where each component is relevant and has meaning.

What are you working on now/next?

I have just installed “White Gold, Brown Sugar” at The Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, where it will be on show from the 21st of July till the 28th of August.

Then, I need to gather photos and write a narrative about “White Gold, Brown Sugar”, so that I can approach museums with the hope that they will buy the installation so that this hidden history is spoken about. It would be amazing if the installation travelled nationally and internationally.

Where do you want to be in 3 years’ time?

I think realistically I need to develop a commercial arm in my work, which in turn will allow me to develop more projects. I am drawn to creating installations that tell stories.

I am contemplating studying for a MA in Ceramics to further my understanding of materials and processes.

Creative high point?

Being selected as ‘one to watch’ by the Colour in Design Award.

Creative low point?

When I can’t talk to anyone about where I am with my work. Discussing where I am is usually a key to progressing because the analysis finds another path to pursue.

Is there one person during your studies/life who has really made a difference to you? – Maybe in terms of encouraging you when you were at a low point, pushing you in different directions unlocking your potential etc.

There are so many people, family and friends who celebrate my highs but also pick me up from my lows. The tutors and technicians who have challenged my thinking and in doing so have allowed me to grow, understand and appreciate design.

What is your favourite colour?

That’s difficult as different objects or scenarios suit different colours – if pushed I would say cornflower blue.

Image Credits: All images of work taken by Final. Image of Minal taken by Anna Candlin

Social media: Instagram @min_the_maker



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