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Belfast, United Kingdom | 8 Sales

jemmamillenceramics

Jemma Millen Etsy

Belfast, United Kingdom 8 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Jemma's work inspired by Father's fight with Dementia

For young ceramicist Jemma Millen the experience of helping care for her father who had vascular dementia, prompted her to rethink her career.

Jemma Millen Ceramics works from her own studio in Northern Ireland. Every item is hand-crafted by Jemma. Most of the work is inspired by the medical, a strong interest of Jemma's, she feels it is necessary to create something beautiful from her understanding of vascular dementia as a way to support a charity close to her heart.

Jemma graduated from the University of Ulster in 2012 with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine and Applied Arts. Having spent six years helping to care for her father, including her time studying at University, she is taking time to focus on her practice.

Jemma says that caring for him and seeing how his condition deteriorated, influenced her making inspirations.

“I helped look after my father for six years including my time at the University. It affected me a lot but I wanted to know what was going on inside his head. I began to look at how working with materials such as clay is something that can stimulate the brain and help people. I was always asking 'why' as a child and so I feel that has influenced how I need to understand various processes.” added Jemma.

Her own work for her degree was inspired based on photographs from her father’s PET Scans an imaging test which studies the brain.

“The PET scans have a range of colours that determine the level of activity in the brain from red (high activity) to blue (low activity). You can see how a person’s brain has deteriorated. At the time, the news that I was to lose my Father was devastating, however the imagery of these scans were very engaging, I wanted to recreate that drama in my work.” added Jemma.

Around the same time, Jemma had a flight over Strangford Lough and was struck by the similarity between the islands scattered around the lough and the pictures of the PET Scans.

“I saw all of those beautiful islands and saw the connection with the patterns in the brain scan. It was so emotional to see this land become so small from the air. Strangford Lough is a place that holds fond memories for me as it was one of the places that my dad used to drive the family to for picnics at the weekends.”

The result was her ‘Infarction Series’, which consists of five forms, derived from the scattered islands of Strangford Lough. Each piece represents an area of the brain with its surface a unique colour associated to the PET colour code.

Since graduation, Jemma has set up her own ceramics studio in County Antrim, Northern Ireland where she continues to craft unique, hand made items inspired by the natural and her keen interest in the medical.

For more information please visit www.jemmamillen.co.uk

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    I graduated in 2012 from the University of Ulster in Belfast, gaining a First Class Honours degree in Fine & Applied Art. I love the natural & have a keen interest in the medical. My ceramics studio is based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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