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Rachel Holian

Rachel Holian

Rachel is studying MA Art Practice.


What were you doing before coming to Wrexham Glyndwr University?

I graduated with a BA (Hons) 1st class in 3D Design from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, I have been working as a part time art and design lecturer in Coleg Cambria since 2006.

Since graduation I have continued to work as a part time ceramicist in my studio at home. Exhibiting and selling work through galleries and shows.

What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndwr University?

My practice as an artist had slowed and I felt I needed some ‘focus’ and an opportunity to develop my work further whist improving my skills. The MA programme is tailored to be flexible with direction and specialism so craft and fine art boundaries can be merged and explored in ways not possible on other more ‘specific’ MA courses.

What’s the atmosphere like around campus?

Friendly and supportive.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoy the ‘focus’ and the new possibilities for the direction of my practice. This has been possible and has been discovered through a mix of workshop practice, theory based assignments, and critiques and tutorials with specialist tutors.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

Continue as a practicing ceramicist with a more focused and skilled approach to my work, selling and exhibiting through galleries and shows.

What has the support been like?

Good, critiques with tutors have supported and encouraged the production and development of new work.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University?

I have benefited by being able to confidently produce a new body of work. My practical skills have developed, and I have been able to further my knowledge and concepts behind my work.

If you were to sum up your experience at Wrexham Glyndwr University in one word what would it be and why?

Development. Because I have been given the time, support and resources to develop my practice as a ceramicist.

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