Image: Jim Robison with Virginia Scotchie in the background 2013
Born and educated in the USA, JimRobison came to Yorkshire in 1972 where he established the Booth House Gallery and Ceramics Studio. His work is usually slab built and slip decorated, including large scale sculpture and architectural ceramics. He enjoys an experimental approach to making, often combining personal construction techniques with unusual surface textures, multiple layers of clay and colourful glazes. His works are reduction fired in a large gas kiln. An enthusiastic supporter of ceramics, he has been involved in virtually all of the Aberystwyth International Festivals, and he is often asked to speak and demonstrate to art and ceramics groups throughout the country and abroad. He is the author of Large Scale Ceramics, published in 1997 (reprinted in 2005) and has written for Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics, Art and Perception and Ceramic Review.
Image: Ingrid Murphy with Ponimin Hum 2011
In 1990 Ingrid Murphy graduated from Crawford School of Art and Design, Cork, in 1992 she completed her MA in Ceramics at Cardiff. Since graduating she has pursued a career in education and practice. BA (hons) Ceramics Programme Director at Cardiff School of Arts & Design, Ingrid was previously BA Ceramics Degree Course Leader in Carmarthen. Ingrid’s own practice explores the perception of space through the use of trompe l’oeil and perspectival devices. Initially selected for the first Contemporary Ceraics show at the V&A, Ingrid’s work is now nationally and internationally exhibited and she has won both the Glamorgan University Purchase Prize for Ceramics and the Fete Picasso ‘Prix Select’ in Vallauris, France.
Ingrid has been an invited speaker at many symposia and conferences, and was the Master of Ceremonies at the recent International Ceramics Festival at Aberystwyth. Ingrid has also undertaken research trips to South Africa and Zimbabwe as a Wales Arts International delegate. Ingrid is a recipient of an Arts Council of Wales ‘Creative Wales’ Award. The award enabled her to access technologies and processes that are completely innovative within the field of ceramics practice. Working with sound technologists and engineers Ingrid uses scanning and haptic technologies to explore the potential of form becoming sound and sound creating form.