Artists in Residence at South Hill Park
South Hill Park has a number of Artists in Residence who tutor many of our courses and workshops. They cover a variety of arts and crafts disciplines. Use this page to find out more about them.
Printmaking Artists in Residence
Heather Upton (Head of Printmaking)
Heather Upton is an Award Winning artist. She trained for her first degree in Fine Art and Dance at Brighton University and later, after specialising in Printmaking, graduated with a Masters Degree from Winchester School of Art in 2007.
In October 2015, Heather had her second successful exhibition at South Hill Park, in the Mirror Gallery and the Atrium, entitled ‘Elements’ – an exhibition of original prints, exploring elements constituting the material and the ethereal universe.
Basia Gorska is a London based fine artist. Basia’s characteristic, blurry circular gradients are created using her own technique. She invented it while experimenting with lithographic rollers and primary colours that are still her main point of artistic reference.
Born in 1986, she grew up in Germany to go on to study in Poland. In 2013, she first showcased her famous artwork ‘Personal Sphere’ which won her an honorary MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.
Since then, Basia’s works have been exhibited in many countries including her native Poland and Germany, as well as the UK, the USA, Hungary, Belgium and Belarus. Her pieces have been shown alongside artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Josef Albers. Her works can also be found in private collections across Europe.
Basia is an artist in residence at South Hill Park in Bracknell, UK. She has an individual approach to each student taking into account their skill level and artistic needs.
Ceramics Artist in Residence
Karen is a Ceramic Artist, graduating from the University for The Creative Arts in Farnham with a BA (Hons) in Ceramics (Three Dimensional Design). She specialises in working in porcelain, which is not the easiest clay to work with. Karen adds oxides to her work to creative a palette of colours which is then thrown with the white porcelain. Her work is thrown and altered while damp, to capture the movement and energy of the sea.
Karen teaches adult classes during term time. She provides structured projects for students who are new to ceramics, helping them to identify their preferred interests and techniques, as well as encouraging regular students to expand their creative skills. During the holidays she also holds workshops for children and adults.
Her work has been exhibited at the Oxo Tower Wharf and Mall Galleries in London, Salisbury Arts Centre and Rye Creative Centre, Quay Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight, The Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley, and Chelsea College of Art and Design. She is also a regular exhibitor at Art in Clay at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.
She is a Member of the Society for Designer Craftsmen.
Jewellery and Silversmithing Artists in Residence
Jessica is a lively and energetic designer who’s work fuses a playful style with fine craftsmanship and innovative design. Jessica’s designs bring together her vibrant signature colours with dramatic forms to present jewellery with a playful and feel-good nature.
Jessica graduated from The Cass, London with a BA Hons in Jewellery & Silversmithing and having won various design awards has since launched her distinctive jewellery label and now exhibits her designs across the U.K. Jessica has also worked on various collaborations, exhibitions, design projects and commercial and private commissions, including the Science Museum, the V&A and London’s Southbank Centre.
Jessica is an Artist in Residence at the South Hill Park Jewellery & Silversmithing Studio and teaches regular classes. An enthusiastic and passionate teacher, Jessica believes in the sharing of skills and knowledge and enjoys helping students to explore new techniques and realise their own individual creativity.
My silverware focuses on the space and patterns created within the structures of each piece as much as the pieces themselves. In this way, my work is different because it is less interested in using large amounts of material as seen in more ‘traditional’ silverware, and more interested in the skeletal constructions and what they can reveal.
Exploring these themes within my work I seek to develop functional pieces of Jewellery and Silverware suitable for use within the modern age and home. Combining a range of traditional Silversmithing skills and techniques, I create hollow flat units that are then worked and formed into three-dimensional structures.
Growing up in Mexico City, surrounded by vibrant traditions and a highly creative culture, art and design became a profound passion very early on. Mexico is a testament to how some of the most creative work can be conceived from very little, proving that material and material value can be negligible yet the outcome beautiful and powerful. This is something that I have always hoped to emulate within my work and career as a silversmith.
Design Awards and Commissions
The Sheffield Assay Office Precious Little Gem’s Commission 2016
The Goldsmith’s Company Precious Metal Bursary, 2014
Malcolm Appleby engraving Masterclass competition, 2014
Cooksongold Graduate Bursary, British Silver Week, 2014
The South Square Trust Bursary, 2013
Design Travel Award from The Cutler’s Company in Hallamshire & The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, 2012