Joshua Kerley is a British artist, designer and kiln-glass specialist, who’s practice is characterised by an experimental and progressive engagement with materials and process.
In 2011, he completed his BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts degree at Falmouth University, and received an MA in Ceramics & Glass from the Royal College of Art in 2019. Kerley has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been featured in publications such as Crafts Magazine and Sight Unseen. Awards have included the Gold Academic Award at Emerge 2018 and the Tiffany & Co. X Outset Studiomakers Prize, 2019.
Joshua Kerley has taught at Falmouth University, City & Guilds of London Art School and currently holds the position of glass lecturer at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
His practice is informed by the rich heritage of material imitation within the glass making industry. Utilising an extensive and innovative range of kiln-glass techniques, he makes objects that are inherently un-glass-like, and instead mimic the physical properties of other materials. In doing so he aims to reassess the traditional perceptions of glass technically, aesthetically, and materially. With a practice that moves deftly between art, design and craft, he makes sculptural and interior objects that transcend traditional boundaries, arouse curiosity, and moreover, challenge our comprehension of the material world.