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The Power of Material: From Virtual to Physical

Discover beautiful and curious objects from the Royal College of Art's 2020 Ceramics & Glass MA graduate showcase.

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What to expect

Covid-19 brought unimaginable challenges for the RCA's renowned Ceramics & Glass MA with students having to abandon unfired work on their benches. But their frustrations quickly turned to resilience as the class of 2020 devised new ways to express themselves in a virtual world.

Now, as graduates, dispersed across the world, they continue to innovate and experiment and have created physical works for a unique presentation at the Design Museum.

Discover the power of material thinking and making and its importance in enriching our lives in imaginative and meaningful ways. Shown alongside the work of the 2020 graduate will be a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ by the current final year students, and recent examples by leading research staff in the department.

Harriet Hellman, photo by Ole Akhøj

Chloe Monks, photo by Guy Marshall-Brown

Isabella Kullmann, photo by Alick Cotterill

Elly Glossop, photo by Ole Akhøj

Sandy Layton, photo by Milo Brown

Gerald Mak, photo by Marta Fernandez Canut

Luke Fuller

Jasmine Simpson

Bingquing Hu

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