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BA Ceramic Design alumnus David Marques: life after CSM and working at Outpatient Oncology Clinic, Imperial College

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Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
25 February 2016

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David graduated from BA Ceramic Design in 2013. After taking some time off, he worked on a project that was showcased at trade fairs in Paris and Frankfurt. He’s since returned to London where he has established his own studio. Speaking on life after graduation, he said:

I think it’s more exciting than I was expecting. Everything I come across is a new opportunity and can be explored. I’m meeting a lot of people constantly and developing my network. It’s amazing to be able to create something and share it with people.

David’s current project is a permanent porcelain wall installation for the Outpatient Oncology Clinic, Imperial College at Charing Cross Hospital:

It’s called ‘Science With Care’ and the artwork explores the symbiotic relationship between research and care. The butterflies’ wings take shape of the DNA helix. As each butterfly touches a flower, patterns are transferred from the flower to the wing, a cross-pollination that symbolises the treatments, the power to heal and the patients’ power to help further medical research.

He also revealed his advice for studying at CSM:

The most important I think is to keep an open mind, take risks, and explore as much as you can. Always accept the critic, and always listen to people first and then make up your own opinion. Always have respect of the others, CSM is like a luxury high-speed train and you get to the other side in no time. It’s hard work, so don’t waste your precious time.

Read David’s profile in full.

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