Ceramics in the spotlight

It's all about ceramics this week at King's Cross

The hotly anticipated Ceramic Art London is taking place 22-24 March at Central Saint Martins. With over 90 ceramicists exhibiting, you can see and buy some of the finest and most exciting ceramics being produced today. Visitors can also attend the fascinating ClayTalks series – highlights below. Also new for 2019, see sparks fly at The Kiln House. Find out more about the fair and buy tickets here.

At Coal Drops Yard, you can take part in a ceramics workshop at STORE Store and visit Crowd Pleaser (People Who Pot) at MDR Gallery. To coincide with the exhibition, Modern Design Review’s Editor-in-Chief, Laura Houseley has picked out some of her favourite fired items from the stores at Coal Drops Yard. See her selection below.

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Ceramic Art London Exhibition

Ceramic Art London Exhibition

Taking place at Central Saint Martins, the Ceramic Art London Exhibition brings together some of the most exciting ceramicists working today. Over 90 artists are exhibiting, and you can discover and buy work direct from the makers. See the listing of exhibitors and buy tickets here. Times: 10am-6pm, Fri and Sat and 10am-5pm Sun.

Fri 24 - Sun 26 March, The Granary Building
The Kiln House at Ceramic Art London

The Kiln House at Ceramic Art London

New for 2019, take part in workshops and watch live raku firings at the Kiln House. Hosted by the Sustainable Anthropocene Cooperative. Find the Kiln House at the Global Generation Skip Garden. Timings  for workshops and demos below. Bar and wood-fired pizza available till late.

New for 2019, take part in workshops and watch live raku firings at the Kiln House. Hosted by the Sustainable Anthropocene Cooperative., you’ll find the Kiln House at the Global Generation Skip Garden. Timings  for workshops and demos below. Bar and wood-fired pizza available till late.

Friday 22 March

1100-1230 – Drop in making workshop
1300 Raku firing
1430 Anticipated kiln unpacking

Saturday 23 March

1100-1230 Drop in making workshop
1400-1530 Drop in making workshop
1700 Raku firing
1830 Kiln unpacking, second raku firing
2000 Kiln unpacking
2230 Close

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The Skip Garden, Fri 22-Sun 24 March
ClayTalks: Kate Malone

ClayTalks: Kate Malone

A Report of 2 Trips

In 2018, Kate Malone was invited to demonstrate at the First Indian Triennale in Jaipur and decided the best way to do that would be to take some of her studio assistants along with her. She was also invited to judge the Southern African National Ceramics Biennale competition and to tour South Africa meeting its potters. In this talk, Kate outlines ‘the journey of stretching arms across the sea to share the pleasures of our beloved subject Ceramics’.

Part of Ceramic Art London.

A Report of 2 Trips

In 2018, Kate Malone was invited to demonstrate at the First Indian Triennale in Jaipur and decided the best way to do that would be to take some of her studio assistants along with her. She was also invited to judge the Southern African National Ceramics Biennale competition and to tour South Africa meeting its potters. In this talk, Kate outlines ‘the journey of stretching arms across the sea to share the pleasures of our beloved subject Ceramics’.

Kate Malone works on a spectrum of ceramic production – from egg cups to building facades. She had studios in London, Kent and Provence and works between the three with ‘a team of fabulous assistants’.

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Central Saint Martins, Fri 22 March 1pm-2pm
Clay Talks: Richard Batterham

Clay Talks: Richard Batterham

A film exploring the life, work and philosophy of the celebrated potter.

This documentary by the Joanna Bird Foundation “is a deep dive into one man’s world of making, and the philosophy behind a life in pottery.

Part of Ceramic Art London.

A film exploring the life, work and philosophy of the celebrated potter .

Despite the renown of his work, Batterham the man remains, by his choice, relatively unknown. Still working at the pottery he set up in 1966, he has found his life making pots fascinating and satisfying as well as ultimately very successful, with a global market for his work. This documentary by the Joanna Bird Foundation “is a deep dive into one man’s world of making, and the philosophy behind a life in pottery. The sense of accumulation – of time, of clay, of conviction – is palpable in every shot. We also hear from the magnificent David Attenborough and master chef Nigel Slater (who begins every day with his Batterham breakfast bowl). Their voices remind us that often, the most meaningful things in life are rooted in the everyday, indeed, in the dirt beneath our feet.” – Glenn Adamson. Senior Research Scholar, Yale Centre of British Art.

Rejecting notions of haste and commercialism, Batterham refuses to accept societal pressures and works with tide-like regularity preparing his own clay and glazes from the apple trees in his garden. His work is based around his philosophy and the resulting pieces are not only beautiful to behold and satisfying to use, but imbued with deep integrity. This film by the Joanna Bird foundation gives an intimate and revealing portrait of the maker and his life.

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Central Saint Martins, Sun 24 March at 3.45pm - 5pm
Crowd Pleaser (People Who Pot) at MDR Gallery

Crowd Pleaser (People Who Pot) at MDR Gallery

In just a short period of time we’ve seen a meteoric rise in the status of studio pottery. Today, ceramics is a go-to material for expressive designers and ceramicists alike. Crowd Pleaser (People Who Pot) brings together works by a wide range of these makers in a riotous celebration of contemporary studio pottery.

MDR Gallery, Coal Drops Yard. Until 31 Mar
ClayTalks: Tristram Hunt

ClayTalks: Tristram Hunt

From Stoke-on-Trent to South Kensington: A Journey Though Clay.
Having made his own journey from the world capital of ceramics to become Director of the V&A – a museum housing an encyclopedic collection of ceramics from around the world – Dr Tristram Hunt explores the history of pottery in Stoke and how it is represented in the V&A’s collections.

Part of Ceramic Art London.

From Stoke-on-Trent to South Kensington: A Journey Though Clay
Having made his own journey from the world capital of ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent, to become Director of the V&A, a museum housing an encyclopedic collection of ceramics from around the world, Dr Tristram Hunt explores the history of pottery in Stoke and how it is represented in the V&A’s collections.

In his talk, Dr Hunt examines how the home of England’s pottery industry has made its mark not only in South Kensington, but on the creative world as a whole.
Prior to joining the V&A, Dr Hunt was Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

Tony Ainsworth Memorial Lecture, part of Ceramic Art London

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Central Saint Martins, Fri 22 March, 11.30am-12.30pm
Clay Talks: Neil Brownsword

Clay Talks: Neil Brownsword

Obsolescence and Renewal: People, Place and Ceramic Histories

A Stoke native, Neil was apprenticed to Wedgwood at the age of 16. Here he encountered first-hand the skills and craftsmanship involved in the making of their prestige products. It was this formative experience that is at the core of his work today, examining the complex knowledge systems within ceramic manufacture and the value of skills, often centuries old, that are rapidly being lost in the UK as they are displaced due to technology and outsourcing.

Part of Ceramic Art London.

Obsolescence and Renewal: People, Place and Ceramic Histories

A Stoke native, Neil was apprenticed to Wedgwood at the age of 16. Here he encountered first-hand the skills and craftsmanship involved in their prestige products. It was this formative experience that is at the core of his work today, examining the complex knowledge systems within ceramic manufacture and the value of skills, often centuries old, that are rapidly being lost in the UK as they are displaced due to technology and outsourcing.

Through a research process that involves film, the installation of remnants from ceramic production and industrial archaeology, Brownsword explores a critique of globalization and its impact on people, place and traditional industry. His talk examines in particular the complex knowledge systems within ceramic manufacture, and raises questions surrounding the value of inter-generational skill displaced in recent years by advanced technology and policies of outsourcing.

Neil Brownsword holds professorial positions at Staffordshire University and University of Bergen. His work is represented in collections internationally including the V&A and Korea Ceramic Foundation. In 2015 he was awarded the Grand Prize at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea.

 

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Central Saint Martins, Sat 22 March, 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Food Plates Workshop at STORE Store

Food Plates Workshop at STORE Store

STORE Store is Coal Drops Yard’s onsite design school. Their superb programme sees a great roster of designers lead fun and informative workshops. Not at all uncoincidentally, their ceramic Food Plate Workshop with Francesca Anfossi runs during Ceramic Art London.

Saturday 23 March 11:00 – 15:00 at STORE Store. Part of MDR selects.
Clay Talks: Jon Wilson

Clay Talks: Jon Wilson

The story of Darwen Terracotta is a hopeful one. Started when one of the UK’s oldest and most highly-respected terracotta companies, Shaws of Darwen, closed its architectural division to concentrate on its fireclay sink business, the opportunity arose for former employees to set up a new business and re-employ the very skilled craftspeople.

Today, Darwen Terracotta works with contemporary ceramicists and architects to develop the myriad ways that ceramics can be used for building facades.

Part of Ceramic Art London.

The story of Darwen Terracotta is a hopeful one. Started when one of the UK’s oldest and most highly-respected terracotta companies, Shaws of Darwen, closed its architectural division to concentrate on its fireclay sink business, the opportunity arose for former employees to set up a new business and re-employ the very skilled craftspeople.

Today, Darwen Terracotta works with contemporary ceramicists and architects to develop the myriad ways that ceramics can be used for building facades. The company’s handcrafted, traditional methods are combined with modern kiln-firing technology. The resulting glazes can be anything from matte to high-gloss, with either plain or very complex mottling and reactive layering, creating wonderful effects full of life and character. Darwen’s ceramics and can be seen in projects such as the Alexander MacQueen flagship store and Leicester Square Hotel.

Jon Wilson is a Director at Darwen Terracotta based in Blackburn, Lancashire.

 

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Central Saint Martins, Fri 22 March at 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Leather Hard at LPOL

Leather Hard at LPOL

Lost Property of London and Rochester Square bring you a celebration of the mindfully handmade; ceramic coffee ‘drinkware’ and vegetable tanned leather goods, available to view, try and buy.

LPOL store, Coal Drops Yard, 22 – 24 Mar - part of MDR selects.
Alexis Stephenson Ceramics at IYOUALL

Alexis Stephenson Ceramics at IYOUALL

Who doesn’t love Raku firing? Alexis Stephenson’s attractive pots are all about ancient Japanese techniques (she works with Anagama; wood firing, too).

Coal Drops Yard - part of MDR selects.
Floris Wubben at MDR Gallery

Floris Wubben at MDR Gallery

Floris Wubben’s remarkable ceramics are made using a giant extrusion machine through which he pushes and pulls his clay. The resulting forms are architectural, bold, full of texture and endlessly appealing.

MDR Gallery, Coal Drops Yard. Part of MDR selects.
Ariane Prin Rust Ceramics at COS

Ariane Prin Rust Ceramics at COS

Decoration, in contemporary ceramics, is more often found in an inherent quality in the clay or glaze than an applied motif. Ariane Prin creates beautiful surface effects by adding metal filings to her clay and celebrating their natural degradation.

Coal Drops Yard - part of MDR selects.
Studio Joachim Morineau at MDR Gallery

Studio Joachim Morineau at MDR Gallery

These clever graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven invented a digital machine that systematically drips clay onto moulds to create their impossibly delicate forms.

MDR Gallery, Coal Drops Yard. Part of MDR selects.
KANA at Bonds of King's Cross

KANA at Bonds of King's Cross

This series of ceramics by Ana Kerin is super tactile; all pulled clay and finger marks. You can feel the joy with which it was made.

Coal Drops Yard - part of MDR selects.
Quartier Rainbow Mugs at Bonds of King's Cross

Quartier Rainbow Mugs at Bonds of King's Cross

Chunky happy mugs for big hands. With the most pleasing speckle we’ve seen.

Coal Drops Yard - part of MDR selects.
Ian McIntyre Grey Ware at MHL

Ian McIntyre Grey Ware at MHL

One of the most effortlessly elegant and utilitarian tableware sets you could wish to own. This series of dishes and vessels for VG&P is beautiful in its functionality.

(P.S You can come and see Ian McIntyre’s wilder side at MDR Gallery)

Coal Drops Yard - part of MDR selects.
Nyanko Pots at Kitchen Provisions

Nyanko Pots at Kitchen Provisions

Oh-so-Japanese super-cute ceramic vessels and kitchen tools, adorned with creatures.

Coal Drops Yard - part of MDR selects.
The Coal Office Plate

The Coal Office Plate

These super plates with their very satisfying ‘Coal Office’ stamp were made by Tom Dixon in collaboration with the ceramics students at Central Saint Martins. Unfortunately, they are not available to buy but you can enjoy them in conjunction with the delicious food served at the Coal Office restaurant.

Coal Drops Yard - part of MDR selects.

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