Zoe Hillyard (United Kingdom)







Birdseye Vase

Ceramic, textiles, thread

45 cm high x 27cm diameter

Katharina Klug Kimono Bowl

Ceramic, textiles, thread
14.5 x 27 cm

Katharina Klug Brown Bowl

Ceramic, textiles, thread
13 x 27 cm

”My ‘ceramic patchwork’ pieces represent a contemporary interpretation of a traditional textile craft practice and are an exploration into the potential of consumer waste. Transforming discarded textile and ceramic items into unique statements, they offering rich scope for making original and poignant forms of artistic expression. Discarded mass-produced ceramics are broken into irregular pieces, or sentimental items are sent to me following a misshap. Tensioning stitches are used to wrap each individual shard in textiles, forming a lining of internal cross-hatching. The form is then slowly rebuilt using discreet stitches to slowly join piece to piece. Holes and gaps evidence the process of reincarnation. Every piece is an exploration of pattern disruption, colour relationships and structural possibility.  I enjoy commissions that revive the fortune of items and celebrate the memories and associations that materials come to possess.”

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The World Crafts Council Europe (WCCE) is a European network representing nearly 40 craft organisations (members) from over 20 European countries whose main statutory mission is to promote crafts in Europe, by increasing the awareness and appreciation of crafts as an integral part of the cultural, social, and economic well-being of society.

At Contemporania, WCCE is telling a story of contemporary European crafts in a special exhibition section at Palau Pedralbes. The showcase includes works by 11 artists from different European countries, who were selected via an open call, for their demonstration of an exceptional level of craftsmanship and creativity reflecting the current moment and the values of the 2023 European Year of Skills. The featured artists’ work are made in techniques ranging from ceramics, basketry, textile, tapestry to woodwork and glass blowing.



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