Jacqui Chanarin is a Ceramicist and Educator. Her practice specialises in the production of limited addition figurines, made by hand in porcelain using a combination of casting and hand modelling techniques. Current research explores the expression of cultural heritage and identity through costume, particularly traditional garments worn at special events which suggest spiritual values and a celebration of local customs, folklore and traditions. More than ever we are made up of a fusion of different national identities. Like an 'exquisite corpses' cultural mix up but without knowing where one ends and another begins, this jumble of textile folk traditions are a nod to the past and a salute to the future.
“Large-scale immigration has led to unprecedented levels of diversity and rapid demographic change, transforming communities across the Atlantic in fundamental ways and challenging closely held notions of national identity”
Demetrios G. Papademetriou Rethinking National Identity in the Age of Migration.
Experimentation in combining intricate textile detailing using porcelain paper-clay on the surface of slip cast figures is ongoing, as is evolving new glazes and developing new skills in painting with enamels.
Master, Royal College of Art
2000 → 2002
Royal College of Art