In 1938, Bob completed his Pottery MA at the Royal College of Art in London. In 2007, The R.J.Washington Bursary was established to support current MA graduates in their future careers.
The Washington Foundation UK are pleased to announce the R.J.Washington Bursary 2023 recipient is Isis Dove-Edwin.
Isis lives in London where she worked as a doctor for many years. After taking a break to look after her children, she decided to pursue her passion for clay, and in 2021 gained a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Ceramic Design at Central St Martins, before studying at the RCA. She is a member of the Pollen Collective of artists.
Her work explores object diasporas, within the ceramic lineage of the low-fired, coiled terracotta pot from West Africa. Drawing on craft and historical narratives, she disrupts and activates form and surface as a means of storytelling and embodied practice. Her vividly painted and glazed surfaces, textured by hand, tool and organic inclusions evoke labour, landscape and the body in expression and form.