"Beef, milk, and cheese are all foods we commonly consume," says ceramicist Claudette Forbes, who graduated from Morley College in 2020 with an HND in Art, Design and Ceramics. "But cows are astonishingly bad for the environment. According to the UN, meat and dairy accounts for around 14.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions." Cows are ruminants and have microbes in their multi-chambered stomachs that ferment their food. This produces the powerful greenhouse gas methane, which gets released when they burp. Claudette’s ceramic herd of little cows with ironic Macdonald’s M-logo legs reflects this and other intensive-agriculture concerns. Slip cast in a multi-sectioned mould, the cows are very difficult to make. And fittingly, she’s called her installation Moothane. Claudette has been selected for New Ashgate Gallery’s Rising Stars 2022.