Ceramic Plasticity Symposium: Friday 26 January 2018
Reflecting the resurgence of craft and skills-based making in art over the past decade, this one-day symposium explores common ground between contemporary art and studio ceramics. Emphasising the commonalities between artist and craftsperson, the event focuses on practical, theoretical, and professional aspects of working with clay, embodied in its malleability and resistance – its plasticity.
The symposium will bring together a range of voices within contemporary ceramics, such as the world renowned curator and writer, Glenn Adamson and leading studio potter, Julian Stair. Dr. David Stent will present a speculative dialogue between a ceramicist and philosopher, and artists Caroline Achaintre and Florence Peake will demonstrate the possibilities of clay in light of two recent West Dean projects, coordinated in collaboration with Cass Sculpture Foundation and the De La Warr Pavilion. West Dean College alumnus, Bouke de Vries, will be discussing the crossover between ceramics conservation and fine art practice, and the Turner Prize winning architecture and design collective, Assemble, will focus on Granby Workshop – a ceramics workshop based in the Toxteth area of Liverpool.
The symposium will be a day of discussion, identifying common ground, appreciating difference, and celebrating clay as a material that feeds the imagination.
Registration in the Oak Hall: 10:30-11am
Introduction by Francine Norris (Director of Education, West Dean College)
PANEL 1, Chaired by Alison Sandeman (Studio Potter, West Dean College)
Dr. David Stent (West Dean College)
Blue-slipped stone-burst – Destructive plasticity in Takuro Kuwata
Julian Stair (Potter, Writer) Ceramic – it’s only a material, get over it
Panel 1 discussion
KEYNOTE, Introduced by Francine Norris
Glenn Adamson (Curator, Writer, Historian)
Exploding Plastic Inevitable: A Decade in Ceramic History, 2007 – 2017
PANEL 2, Chaired by Rosie Cooper (Head of Exhibitions, De La Warr Pavilion)
Florence Peake (Artist, Choreographer) Rite
Caroline Achaintre (Artist) Marvel
Panel 2 discussion
PANEL 3, Chaired by Katie Schwab (Artist-in-Residence at West Dean College)
Bouke de Vries (Conservator, Artist) Fractured Images
Mathew Leung (Assemble Architecture and Design Collective) To banish imperfection
Panel 3 discussion
ALL PANEL DISCUSSION
Closing remarks by Francine Norris.
- Date: Friday 26 January 2018, 11am-6pm
- Location: The Old Library, West Dean College
- Price: £25 including a buffet lunch
- Contact: Reception: Line open from 7.30am – 8pm
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- West Dean – The Edward James Foundation