Jorum Craft Award winner Eleanor White '22 is credits her success, in part, to the work she d...Jorum Craft Award winner Eleanor White '22 is credits her success, in part, to the work she did during her last year at College of the Atlantic with the college's sustainable business incubator, the Diana Davis Spencer Hatchery. Credit: Charles-Olivier Levesque ’23

White is interested in the unique positioning of the creative arts in communicating, and bringing forth, decolonised futures of environmental sustainability.

Ceramicist and cultural producer Eleanor White '22 aims to nurture connections within ecosyst...Ceramicist and cultural producer Eleanor White '22 aims to nurture connections within ecosystems through participatory art interventions. Credit: Charles-Olivier Levesque ’23

She credits her success, in part, to the work she did during her last year at COA with the college’s sustainable business incubator, the Diana Davis Spencer Hatchery.

“I really don’t think I would have been awarded this funding if it wasn’t for the Hatchery’s help and trust in me articulating my art’s practice. I can’t put into words how grateful I am.”

White’s work often utilizes woodfired local clays to explore the intersections among social, personal, and environmental ecologies. She describes her research of wild clays as “a personal pilgrimage through familiar landscapes, seen afresh through a crafter’s eye.”

The Jorum Craft Award is a materials-focused grant supported by Jorum Studio, in association with Craft Scotland. Launched in 2020, the Jorum Craft Award provides funding to support makers’ exploration of materials, centered around a theme that explores the intersection between technical skill and material innovation.

Jorum Craft Award winner Eleanor White '22 will be using her award funds to research clay bod...Jorum Craft Award winner Eleanor White '22 will be using her award funds to research clay bodies at local allotments in Edinburgh. Credit: Charles-Olivier Levesque ’23

White’s project, based on the theme of “Urban Nature,” will be to harvest local clays from urban allotments in Edinburgh, Scotland. She will work with allotment-holders to collaboratively make a collection of supper plates for harvest celebrations. In an article co-authored with Tina Drupa ’22 and published in Robida Magazine, she describes working with local and raw clay bodies as an intimate process of acquainting yourself with a place.

White will be using the Jorum Award funds to research clay bodies at local allotments in Edinburgh. The research should feed into a September 2024 residency (subject to funding) at ArtWalk, Portobello, Scotland.

You can follow her work on Instagram: @eleanor.ceramic.