New for 2013!
The Clay_+ tent will feature demonstrations and work by other makers working in areas closely linked to ceramics and clay to establish links between the two mediums. This concept of “clay plus one other” such as glass, wood, iron or metal encourages makers to explores the link, connections, themes, forms and attractions between mediums which is becoming more apparent in many current cross-collaborative practices and higher education courses.
For 2013, the Clay+ tent will include Dyfed Wyn Jones, a metal worker who will bring his mobile forge; stone sculptor Philip Potter and Perryn Butler who carves stone and constructs slate.
Perryn Butler is a successful Welsh Sculptor based in Haverfordwest, Wales, UK, who works in stone, slate and bronze and has made many public and private commissions.
Perryn has been exhibiting throughout Britain for over 25 years and has also shown in London, USA, Germany, Ireland, France and The Channel Islands. Her work is internationally collected worldwide from Australia and the USA to Thailand and Europe. Her public collections include such organizations as The Environment Agency, Ireland, The National Library, Wales, and The Centre For European Culture in Oztenhausen, Germany. In October, Perryn is having a One Woman Show at THe Kooywood Gallery in Cardiff, Wales.
Philip Potter began his career in engineering in the many forges and factories of the local areas in the mid 1980’s, and soon discovered he had a love of form and materials. In 1995 he graduated from Loughborough College of Art and Design with a degree in sculpture before working as a boat builder, interior design project manager and Crown Courts administrator. Beginning work in his studio in 2001 teaching stone-carving to students at Glasshouse College he has since gained a Masters of Arts at Birmingham City University where he has taught on the undergraduate program and began a practice led PhD in 2008.
“I use stone for its resistance, durability and relationship to culture, landscape and body. I am researching how a material based art practice, though an engagement with philosophy can renegotiate a prevalent dialectic of nature-as-self or nature-as-object.”
A qualified teacher, sculptor and researcher, with over ten years’ experience in the lifelong learning sector Philip offers open classes for the public in stone sculpture, hosted at the Kairos Sculpture workshop situated behind the New Ruskin Glass Centre in the famous ‘Glass Quarter’ of Stourbridge. Sessions can be tailored to each participant’s entry level of skill and needs from the very beginning up to arts graduate level and beyond.