International Ceramics Festival

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2015

Virginia Scotchie(USA)

Virginia Scotchie

In collaboration with West Dean College.

Virginia Scotchie is a ceramic artist and area head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. In the past five years she has continued her investigation of ceramic sculpture with a desire and drive to push into new territories of creative research. Virginia has recently begun work on a collaborative project, called the Crucible Project. Five internationally recognised artists work together once a semester to create new work that focus on the crucible as a premise. This work will begin a national tour in 2012 starting at the Columbia Museum of Art. For more information about Virgina please visit her website

Virginia Scotchie will be running a 4 day course at West Dean College after the 2013 festival from the 1th – 4th July.
The course will have a focus of making various shapes and objects using 3-5 pounds of clay on the wheel. These forms will include closed forms, doughnut shapes, cones, and throwing small parts and pieces off of the hump. Students will be shown how to assemble, dissect and re-connect the forms they create on the wheel to make sculptural objects.
The aim of the course is to work with the students on their exploration of forms that can be created using the wheel as a tool for creative investigation of new shapes and sculptural ideas. The class will learn how to throw small parts and pieces for their 3-5 pound main sculptural forms, which will then be added on at the leather hard stage. This process will employ throwing “off the hump”.
For more information please visit: The course can be booked Online, students booking online will receive a 5% discount, by telephone +44 (0) 1243 818314 or by post to West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ

International Ceramics Festival

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Penglais, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion, Wales (UK)
SY23 3DE

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