Lanty Ball was named winner of the Potclays Emerging Makers Award at the festival’s Sunday afternoon closing ceremony. The award is open to UK-based new ceramicists and artists working with clay, who have graduated from a UK University or Institute of Higher Education within the past five years or who are graduating this summer. Promising 22-year-old talent Lanty, from the University of Central Lancashire, recently c
Alan Caiger-Smith has been named winner of the Potterycrafts Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth. Born in Buenos Aires in 1930, the Cambridge University graduate founded the former Aldermaston Pottery in Hampshire with Geoffrey Eastop in Berkshire in 1955 and has written extensively on the history of ceramics, tin-glaze pottery and lustre decoration. The Lifetime A
The International Ceramics Festival has a long history of showcasing the most unusual methods of firing pots – including ice kilns, car kilns and potato kilns! The 2015 festival, which takes place in Aberystwyth from 3-5 July, is no exception, with traditional Japanese kilns, a sculptural recycled kiln, pizza oven, and a giant ‘birthing kiln’ on offer to enthral the hundreds of festival attenders. In addition t
Date: 21st June – 5th July Place: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales Fee: £500 includes a festival weekend ticket but not accommodation. Age: Adults over 18 Gas Kimishima is offering a unique workshop to learn to build a mini anagama kiln. “I have designed a mini-anagama, one of smallest but still serious and proper anagama. I will be building it for all wood-fire enthusiasts. It will be a modified version o
Dried fish, flowers, wood measured in rice bags, 1.5 tonnes of raku clay… just some of the items on Rita Gudino’s (Philippines) materials order form! She will be hosting a workshop to make babies (Sibol) which will be ‘born’ in her Lual Kiln in a spectacular ceremony at this years International Ceramics Festival. F
A former police officer based in Corsham and Swindon who gave up her career to become a ceramic artist is about to take centre stage at one of the biggest events in her industry: The International Ceramics Festival. Jo Taylor, originally from Bristol, now lives in Corsham and was a police officer in the local area between 1995 and 2003. In 2000 Jo made the life changing decision to give up her professio
Due to the number of requests from students we have extended the deadline for applications for Festival Assistants to 5pm Friday 6th March 2015, this will be the final deadline no more applications can be received after this date!
We are pleased to announce Gareth Mason (UK) as a demonstrator for the International Ceramics Festival 2015. Gareth Mason is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and Brother of the Art Workers Guild, London. He is a regular columnist for Ceramic Review Magazine. He makes thrown pots with a richness and density of surface achieved through multiple firing and glazing techniques. Read more about Gareth Mason. Pic:
We are pleased to announce Vineet Kacker (India) as a demonstrator for the International Ceramics Festival 2015. His work is informed by his formal architectural training, and inspired by his travels in the Himalayan regions of the Indian sub-continent. In 1998 he spent 3 months at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and later worked with Sandy Brown and Alan Caiger-Smith. He makes contemporary vessel forms in wood-fir
The ICF is Europe’s premier ceramics festival which is held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the campus of Aberystwyth University on the mid-Wales coast. Since it began in 1987, the three-day festival has grown to become the UK’s leading ceramics event. Learn more...