Phoebe Cummings, Research Associate at the University of Westminster, has been named by The Telegraph as one of the rising stars in design who are expected to succeed in 2018.

Described as “poetic”, Cummings’s work has been praised for combining studio ceramics with performance art. In 2017, Cummings was named the winner of the inaugural Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, which saw her win £10,000 for her piece entitled “Triumph of the Immaterial”. The piece, which is being shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) until February 2018, is a temporary fountain made from raw clay which will dissolve as the water flows from it. Find out more about her Woman’s Hour Craft Prize win here.

Other designers given the same acknowledgement include Tom Raffield, Jumenez Lai and Chiara Andreatti, with disciplines ranging from interior design to furniture and tile work.

Cummings is currently working on a commission from the clothing company Toast which is known for its contemporary design and for adding energy to the traditional. The work is set to be revealed in spring 2018.

Commenting on her recent Woman’s Hour Craft Prize win, Cummings said: "I am really thrilled to have been chosen from such a strong and varied group of finalists. The media coverage of the prize has done a huge amount to bring attention to contemporary craft in the UK and generate discussion around the broad range of work it encompasses."

Read The Telegraph article naming Cummings a design rising star for 2018.

Photo caption: Phoebe Cummings - Triumph of the Immaterial (clay, water ) Woman's Hour Craft Prize, Victoria & Albert Museum, 2017

Photo: Sylvain Deleu

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