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Ceramics & Glass (MA)

Sharyn Wortman FRSA

Sharyn Wortman (b. Melbourne, Australia) is an artist based in London.

She received a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Hons) from RMIT in Melbourne, Australia, a further Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) from the Hong Kong School of Art and a Master of Arts at the Royal College of Art, London. Wortman is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in London and a Yeoman of The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers of the City of London. She was a finalist in the Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize (2020) and was named by the Observer as one of The Future 500 Rising Stars. She has exhibited her work in London, Hong Kong and Australia.

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesCeramics & Glass (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

Black/ White portrait of the artist, hands resting on her legs sitting on a stool, skin like material slung over her shoulder.

‘I collaborate with clay, space and time; these images are a record of the encounter’.

Working at the intersection of the haptic and the optic, Wortman seeks to escape the boundaries of medium, and presents the audience with realms of otherness. Exploring the materiality of the possible, rather than creating heavy matter, she manifests liminal spaces that quiver on the edge of their own disappearance. 

In the words of Willem de Kooning, this is neither a labyrinth, nor a network, but rather an offering of content as ‘a glimpse of something’.

Wortman says that ‘photography works to stop time so that we may look and see. Crumbling clay and gestural marks indicate the fragility of my encounter’.

Portrait by Katia Autier

black background marks mad wtih clay depict a thundercloud, ground has footprints in the dust leaving frame
Elsewhere 2023
abstract wire mobile suspended from the top of frame, a white material is draped upon it. background is black with clay marks
PS1 2023
lump of dark brown wet clay sits on the left hand side of the image, the black background is covered with marks made in dry clay
Higher Ground 2023
An Unexpected Arrival - An essay by Jonathan Miles

The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers Alias Wire Workers