The Potterycrafts Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a potter or ceramist who has done much to promote the ceramic arts during their life. The recipient of this award is selected from proposals made by the guests and visitors at the previous festival. The award is kept secret until it is announced during the Official Opening of the festival on the Friday evening of the Festival weekend. A piece of ceramic work is made by a notable ceramicist is presented to the recipient during the Opening Ceremony. During the Festival weekend, the Mick Casson Lecture will be a talk about the recipient’s life and work.
The 2015 Award was awarded to Alan Caiger Smith
Alan Caiger Smith became interested in ceramics whilst studying at Cambridge University. He trained at the Central School of Arts under Dora Billington and Kenneth Clark. In 1955 he set up his own pottery at Aldermaston, Hampshire which ran for almost 40 years. The pottery became a working pottery with eight or more assistants making a range of thrown or press-moulded domestic pottery, tiles and commissioned pieces in tin-glazed red earthenware with in-glaze and lustre brushwork decoration. Alan Caiger-Smith is the author of a number of important and scholarly texts on the history of ceramics.
The 2017 award was a sculptural ceramic piece specially commissioned by the Festival from the 2015 winner ceramic artist Walter Keeler.
Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners:
2013 – Walter Keeler (UK)
2011 – Emmanuel Cooper (UK)
2009 – Don Reitz (USA)
2007 – Ruth Duckworth (USA)
2005 – David Leach (UK) and Frank and Janet Hamer (UK)
2003 – Janet Mansfield (Australia) and Warren McKenzie (USA)
2001 – Michael Casson (UK)
1999 – Ray Finch (UK)
If you wish to nominate someone that you think has made an outstanding contribution to the world of ceramics, for the 2017 Potterycrafts Lifetime Achievement Award please send your nominations to:
Potterycrafts Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, The International Ceramics Festival C/O Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE Wales UK.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title of the email: 2017 Potterycrafts Lifetime Achievement Award.