A discussion with the participants of BBC series The Great Pottery Throwdown (2015):
Matthew Wilcock, Jane Williams, James Greenwood with Lars Tharp.
Jane Williams works from a converted dairy on her fathers farm in South Meirionydd. She works on the wheel to produce both functional and sculptural home wares. Her influences are varied and broad ranging. The colours that inspire her are from the countryside which surrounds her (the magnificent Snowdonia peaks, the ever changing sea and bountiful sea shore). Jane has worked in numerous potteries (Winchcombe pottery, Conderton pottery, Hook Norton Pottery and Whichford pottery) She studied Art and Design at University which she followed with a year long course in studio ceramics (run by Alistair Young and Jack Doherty). Jane reached the semi-final in the first series of BBC 2’s ‘Great Pottery Throw Down.’(2015)
James Greenwood is a small animal veterinary surgeon in Bristol with a passion for ceramics. He first started working with clay 5 years ago and now has runs his own studio from home. James appeared as a contestant on the first series of The Great Pottery Throwdown and, primarily through social media, has built up an online ceramics business selling handmade pet food bowls.
You can find out more about James and his work through his website:
Matthew Wilcock is a ceramic artist producing wood firing salt glazed pots. Matthew is a well known artist in the Yorkshire Dales having been resident artist at Giggleswick School for three years however, has recently taken up the role of Ceramics Lecturer at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. He is probably best known for appearing in the first series of BBC’s “Great Pottery Throw Down”, where he was the overall series winner. Matthew will soon be undergoing his MA at Gray’s School of Art where he hopes to fully utilise the vast wealth of resources.
The intention for the years ahead is to expand into the digital areas of ceramics, concentrating mainly on 3D printing. This investigation will hopefully bridge the gap between ceramic art, handmade craft, the modern industrial ceramics and digitally produced products.
This lecture is sponsored by Top Pot Supplies.
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