Serena Maria Dicks
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Serena Maria Dicks

Ceramic artistLondon, United Kingdom
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Serena Maria Dicks

Ceramic artistLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a British- Cypriot ceramic artist with seven years of experience in creating sculptural ceramics and a 1st-class degree in Ceramics. My practice hybridises traditional and contemporary craft, sculpture, and painting, exploring the nuances of the representation of women and the vessel. In my recent works, I have delved further into the representation and practices of women in craft: particularly traditional Cypriot female potters. Unravelling my familial connection to Cyprus, its material heritage and my devotion to craft, has united my creative and cultural identity. In October 2020, I commenced a three-month Post Graduate Certificate residency at the Cyprus College of Art, Lemba: developing my research and practical expertise in traditional ceramics crafting, studying under Lemba Pottery. In February 2021, the works from this residency, will be exhibited at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre ( NiMAC) for their exhibition: ‘Seeking Roots’.
Projects
  • Blue on Terracotta
    Blue on TerracottaFrom Cyprus College of Art Residency
  • Abstract Blue Vessel
    Abstract Blue VesselFrom Cyprus College of Art Residency . Hand-built porcelain paper clay, decorated with underglaze.
  • Burnt Sienna
    Burnt SiennaHand built and polished coloured clay. Inlaid with coloured clay and decorated with underglaze.
  • Fragmented Femininity 1
    Fragmented Femininity 1From the 'Fragmented Femininity' Series. 2017 Hand- built with porcelain paper clay, decorated with underglazes and coloured slips.
  • Post-Graduate Certificate - Cyprus College of Art
    Post-Graduate Certificate - Cyprus College of ArtIn October 2020, I commenced the Post-Graduate Certificate Residency at Cyprus College of Art, Paphos. Throughout this residency, I unravelled and explored my familial connection to Cyprus, its cultural heritage and its intrinsic relationship with my passion of craft. From excusions to UNESCO sites and museums, I collated inspiration from ceramics and archaelogical collections, and discovering colour history inherent to the island's culture. I created a series of vessels that the sensual,
  • UCA Post-Graduation Talks
    UCA Post-Graduation TalksDelivered a Keynote Zoom presentation and Q and A, for UCA Farnham's 'Jewellery, Ceramics and Glass'. As course alumni, I discussed my post graduate experiences, across creative and non-cultural industries, and how these have contributed to my skills and repetoire as a maker. Invited by Programme Director of the 'Jewellery, Ceramics and Glass' course at UCA Farnham, Debra Allman.
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Work history
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    Studio AssistantSlade School of Fine Art
    University College London, Gower St, Kings Cross, London WC1E 6BT, UKPart Time
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    Sales Advisor ( Footwear and Accessories)& Other Stories
    56 Brushfield St, Shadwell, London E1 6AA, UKPart Time
    My role began contributing to the launch of the Old Spitalfields Market store: preparing the new stock and managing the footwear department on the opening day. Later, I became responsible for the footwear department where I have worked in collaboration with the visual merchandiser and department manager to increase customer satisfaction and sales through promotional visual displays. Within this department, I uphold the maintenance of the shoe department and stockroom, curating displays of the department and training staff members how to run the department. Duties - Retail operational tasks: delivery processing, product classification and stockroom organisation. - Developing an excellent product knowledge and a refined attitude to a customer-first service to drive sales, responding to targets. - Maintaining stores appearance, replenishing stock, and completing set tasks to the highest standard. - Till operations, answering face-to-face and telephone enquiries. - Promoting company newsletter and recycling and sustainability scheme. - Using data from sales records to identify selling hotspots, bestselling products and how to successfully promote the business. - Asserted and enhanced leadership and management skills: appropriate conflict and issue management, simplifying stockroom system and providing training to other colleagues.
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Skills
  • Creative Direction
  • Event Organisation
  • Team Collaboration
  • Collaborative
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Problem Solving
  • Workshop Delivery
Education
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    BA (Hons) CeramicsThe University for the Creative Arts Farnham
     - Farnham, United Kingdom
    - Health and Safety and COSHH - First and Second year: developing skills across Glass, Ceramics, Metalwork, Jewellery, Woodwork, Plastics and Digital Technologies. - Specialism in Ceramics skills: hand-building, wedging, slip-casting, mould-making, lathe working, ceramic screen printing, glaze technology, adapting clay bodies with additions.- Idea generation and execution to design briefs, and self-initiated briefs. - Contextual Studies: Arts and Crafts Movement vs Post-modernism , subcultural craft, critical reflection of narrative and journey. - Curation of graduate exhibition. - Material researching - Branding and professional development.