Showcasing the most exciting talent in contemporary ceramic art
Returning for its 15th year this Spring, the hotly anticipated Ceramic Art London is the ultimate fair to see and buy the finest ceramics being made in the world today.
Visitors can also attend the fascinating ClayTalks series which, this year, features a keynote speech by V&A Director Tristram Hunt and an appearance by celebrated ceramic artist Kate Malone. You can see highlights from the talks below. In a new event for 2019, visitors will see sparks fly at The Kiln House, a temporary outdoor kiln which will be located at the nearby Skip Garden. Booking in advance is essential.
There are also lots more ceramics to be found in nearby Coal Drops Yard including:
LEATHER HARD, where LPOL and Rochester Square bring you a celebration of the mindfully handmade; with ceramic coffee ‘drinkware’ and vegetable tanned leather goods
MDR Gallery presents: Crowd Pleaser (People Who Pot) an exhibition that brings together works by a wide range of makers in a riotous celebration of contemporary studio pottery.
The newly opened Kitchen Provisions has a beautiful selection of new and second hand tableware.
bonds. of King’s Cross is home to a collections from their resident KANA and other independent ceramicists.
Friday 22 March 10am – 6pm
Saturday 23 March 10am – 6pm
Sunday 24 March 10am – 5pm
For further details, and to book, head to Ceramic Art London.
Friday 22 March at 2.30pm
Jon Wilson, Director of Darwen Terracotta
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.
Now the company is working with contemporary ceramicists and architects to develop the myriad ways that ceramics can be used for building facades. Melding handcrafted, traditional methods with modern kiln-firing technology, the results can be anything from matte to high-gloss. With either plain or very complex mottling and reactive layering, the resulting bricks and tiles are full of life and character and can be seen in projects such as the Alexander MacQueen flagship store and Leicester Square Hotel.
Sunday 24 March at 3.45pm
Richard Batterham, master potter – a film exploring his life, work and philosophy
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.
Rejecting notions of haste and commercialism, he 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.
Saturday 22 March at 2.30pm
Obsolescence and Renewal – Neil Brownsword
If you came to CAL last year, you will have seen Rita Floyd making porcelain flowers next to the entrance gates, a small part of Neil Brownsword’s installation Factory. Neil returns this year to give a talk around his poignant and informative work. A Stoke native, Neil was apprenticed to Wedgwood at the age of 16. Here he encountered firsthand 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.