Guy Marshall Brown

2022 QEST Scholar - Ceramics

Guy graduated from a foundation degree in Art and Design at Hereford College of Arts in 2013 with a distinction, then completed a BA in Fine Art at London Metropolitan University. Since then he has been producing, exhibiting and selling ceramic works both domestically and internationally. He has also completed a two-year MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art.

In 2021 Guy started a practice-lead PhD course in Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and his QEST Scholarship will support him during his second and third years. This practice-led research degree is an investigation into clay body testing. Using ceramic chemistry and engineering methods, he will test clay body composition and the effects of additives, which will enable him to develop his sculptural ceramic practice. The course provides an inter-disciplinary approach to PhD Supervision and will give him novel insight into ceramic practice and provide invaluable access to studio resources.

Upon completing his PhD and QEST-funded training, he aims to develop his teaching practice and wants to set an example for UK institutions to teach ceramic science as part of artistic practice.

I aim to harness the protean material of clay to its full creative potential, through systematic methodical material testing. To work with clay is to work with chemical reactions, so understanding those reactions can only enhance one’s practice.