For 2017 we inviting UK universities and Higher Education institutes running ceramic courses to submit ideas for a Student Demonstrations. These students will give a demonstration of a ceramic technique or process that will take place at a dedicated work space in a marquee on site during scheduled times over the weekend. Demonstrations will last 30 minutes and students will work on rotating shifts. This is an excellent opportunity to promote the facilities and courses on offer and allow potentioal students to talk to students themselves to get a flavour of the courses on offer. Ths was very successful in recent years and is run in partnership with Potclays Ltd.
2017 Student Demonstrations:
University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.
After a career in publishing, Alice took up Ceramics in Adult Education and is currently studying for an MA in Ceramics.Her work reflects characteristics of birds in clay that she sees paralleled in human behaviour.
“I will demonstrate how I make my life size crows. I will have several stages almost complete and will finish each stage before I start continuing with the next. I will start with the basic support and show how I add clay and texturise it. I will show how I add wings, tail and leg s and will highlight the making and strengthening of the joints. I will model features of the face including eyes, nostrils and beak. The face is the most important element as the tiny muscles around the eyes can completely change the bird’s expression. I will also add raku glaze to the pupils to give character, and will end with modelling the feet and show the problems involved in, and my solutions to, getting a good posture. My work is about finding expression in the bird, and drawing out similarities with human expressions.”
Hereford College of Art
Kim worked in the heritage and tourism sectors across the UK for almost 30 years and also took up ceramics later in life. Her work is inspired by the geology of the South Wales Coal fields. She is currently studying the Contemporary Design Crafts BA course.
“My demonstration will be based around creating the marbled and layered clay. To
achieve this I use porcelain and a range of iron based oxides and oxide clays made from
reclaimed porcelain.The demonstration will include:
• Creating oxide clays with reclaimed porcelain
• Layering porcelain, oxides and oxide clays to create “blocks” of clay.
• Cutting sections through the clay and then stretching/rolling to create thin layers.
• Forming the layers into simple cylinder forms.”
West Dean College
Jo was born in Dorset and grew up on a dairy farm, she has a degree in Geology which she has put to good use for developing her ceramics. Having attended many of west Dean’s short courses, she is now working towards a Foundation in Art and Design.
“Using fossils I shall demonstrate how to make my own sprigg moulds from plaster of paris to decorate simple bottle forms.This technique is transferrable to almost any shape, from industrial objects such as nuts and bolts to delicate soft fruits. The only prerequisite is that the object to be made into a sprig has sufficient external patterns or shape to be interesting and isn’t too oddly shaped.I will demonstrate how to make a former using clay to put the object to be made into a mould . I will show how to prepare the clay and the fossils so that the plaster of paris doesn’t stick to them. The set sprigg moulds will then be taken apart. Lastly, using some sprigg moulds I already have I will decorate a number of pieces.”
Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, WAG and Potclays Ltd