Joshua is a glass artist and designer whose practice is characterised by an experimental and progressive engagement with materials and process. Kerley studied BA Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University, graduating in 2011, later returning to hold a position as senior technician. In 2018, Kerley won the Academic Gold Award at the Emerge Glass Prize and subsequently exhibited with Bullseye Projects at Collect 2019.
My practice is concerned with themes of materiality and material resonance. Glass making has a rich and fertile heritage of imitating other materials, particularly those of higher value and status. I utilise the transformative power and metamorphic capabilities of glass to emulate the physical characteristics of other materials; often referencing lower-value, modest materials. Thereby, challenging the orthodoxies of material hierarchy, value and status.
At the heart of my practice is a desire to push the boundaries of kiln formed glass into new and exciting territories. With a practice that moves deftly between art, design and craft, I aim to reassess the traditional perceptions of glass; technically, aesthetically and materially.