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This month in The Atrium, we present:
Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou
Born in Porto-Nove Benin in 1965, photographer Leonce is still based there. His unique work has been exhibited around the world and is currently on show at, amongst others, the Museum of Glasgow and as part of the Saatchi Collection.
Pia grew up between her two home countries Finland and Germany, choosing to move to the UK at the age of 15 to complete her studies. This was followed by a foundation in Glass, Metal and Ceramic design at SIAD in Farnham and a BA in Furniture Design and Craftsmanship at Bucks New University. She then returned to Finland to work and learn from the local crafts in North Karelia and develop her own practice, piadesign.
In 2009, Pia returned to London for the MA Design Products course at the Royal College of Arts, continuing her research into crafts and contemporary culture within platforms headed by Jurgen Bey, Daniel Charny and Roberto Feo.
Having completed her studies, Pia now works independently and on a freelance basis from her studios in East London and North Germany, travelling the world to learn from craft makers and create new work. Her practice is based on combining the functional approach of design with the bespoke and unique nature of art. A passion for natural materials and handmade processes, the wish to learn from others and apply her creative thinking to traditional making methods is the basis of her brand Utopia & Utility.
Her ‘Transformed Stacking Vessels’ collection is currently on show at No 10 Downing Street in a selection of the best in contemporary British craft and design thinking.
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