Yorkshire Museum and Gardens : Ceramic Art York 2016

Major ceramics event in York - 50 accomplished exhibitors drawn from the UK and beyond.

A daily programme of talks, discussions, demonstrations and films by well-known figures in the ceramics world is also included to reach new audiences.

Talks and Demonstrations
Admission to the Events Programme is FREE for CAY ticket holders and no additional booking will be required. The events take place (with the exception of Anthony Shaw) in the Tempest Anderson Hall at the Yorkshire Museum, immediately opposite the CAY pavilion. 

Friday September 9th

11am   Adam Parker ‘Digging up Pots: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ceramics in Yorkshire'

Adam Parker discusses the evidence for ceramics in York and North Yorkshire from the Neolithic to the Post-Medieval, introduces the basic technologies and major types of ceramic encountered in the area and the amazing range of uses for ceramic materials found throughout history. From domestic bowls, plates and cooking pots across time to more unusual objects like a cheese press and baby bottle of the Roman period to the lobed bowl used for drinking games in Medieval York, Adam looks at the social importance of pots - as indicators of identity, as funerary containers and grave goods, and as containers for the vast wealth of hoards. Illustrated throughout with examples from the collection of the Yorkshire Museum.

Adam Parker is the Assistant Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum and has worked with ceramic objects from the Neolithic through to the Modern period.

12-2pm   Anthony Shaw in CoCA

Anthony Shaw will be with his display in CoCA available for questions and to talk informally about his collection.

12.30pm   Nick Renshaw

Nick Renshaw describes the development of his ceramic work over the past twenty five years and the influence of the different cultural backdrops encountered along the way. His predominantly figurative sculptures have been exhibited worldwide, in 2015 Nick produced a new series of sculptures to coincide with the opening of the new British Centre in the IFC Tower in Guangzhou entitled ‘Tong An'. Made using red clay from Fujian Province and the result of an extended process of modelling, casting and press-moulding, the sculptures were fired in a dragon kiln, a technique of wood firing used for much of the historic ceramic production throughout China.

Nick has lived and worked all over the world, in the UK, the Netherlands where he has his studio base, the US, and most recently in China. He returns frequently to York where he was brought up and which is still the place he regards as home.

His analysis of ceramic practice in the context of ceramic residence and work-centres, particularly the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC) in the Netherlands and how and why this institution has become the world leader it is today forms the basis of a book to be published later this year.

3.00pm   Jacob van der Beugel in conversation with Michael White

Jacob van der Beugel uses clay amongst other materials to create works that humanise emerging areas of science and has been artist in residence at The University of York Epidemiology department and The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

The work is meticulously made by hand, embracing the notion that in order to extract meaning from one's art one needs to employ exceptional levels of effort. Clay has an extraordinary ability to capture human traces and endeavours in its conversion from the soft everyday and ordinary material to the hard and frozen sculpted object.

In 2014 Jacob completed one of the most significant new installations in a grade 1 listed building at Chatsworth House called The North Sketch Sequence. Alain de Botton described it as "a beautiful poetic work which is exemplary in the way it manages to turn information (of which we have so much, and which usually leaves us so cold) into art (which touches our hearts)". This permanent installation transforms the whole room into a ceramic DNA portrait of the Devonshire family that captures contemporary and traditional notions of identity.

Jacob has used clay for almost two decades, having trained alongside Edmund de Waal in 2004 and Rupert Spira in 2002, his work is collected internationally and held in several major collections.

Saturday September 10th

11am   Mark Campden: Majolica and Lustreware

Mark Campden has been working in the traditional majolica technique for over twenty years. His pieces are formed in earthenware clay and covered with a white tin glaze, the surface then becomes a canvas for meticulous decoration. Each detail is hand painted onto the piece in fluid brushstrokes, the subtle range of colours achieved by mixing natural oxides.

The latest developments in Mark's work have centred around wood fired reduced pigment lustreware, a technique developed in the mediaeval Islamic world from the 9th to 14th century which then spread to Europe during the Renaissance via Spain and Italy.

12-2pm   Anthony Shaw in CoCA

Anthony Shaw will be with his display in CoCA available for questions and to talk informally about his collection.

1pm   Ashraf Hanna: Line, Form & Material

Ashraf Hanna discusses the relationship between his ceramic and glass forms and talks about the different stages in his career.

An Egyptian born British artist, Ashraf's hand built vessels are concerned with exploring the lines and spaces that develop through the manipulation of individual forms and how the juxtaposition of sharp lines and softer curves invites the eye to engage with the sculptural aesthetics of form.

Whilst his main practice is in ceramics, he discovered kiln cast glass during his MA studies at the Royal College of Art and became interested in the notion of a ‘material dialogue'. A major Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales funded his project ‘An exploration in the language of form and material'. This new body of work in glass received the main award at The British Glass Biennale 2015, and more recently the ‘Crossover' Award at the Emerge 2016 Awards in Portland, Oregon.

3pm   Michael Eden: The Development of Craft and its Relationship to Manufacturing

Michael Eden is a maker whose work sits at the intersection of craft, design and art, exploring contemporary themes through the redesign of historical, culturally familiar objects utilising digital manufacturing and materials.

An MPhil research project at the Royal College of Art allowed him to explore how his interest in digital technology could be developed and combined with the craft skills that he had acquired during his previous experience as a potter.

As a member of a unique generation that has bridged the digital divide, he firmly believes that he is able to contrast and compare life before and after the invention of the personal computer. For Eden it is a matter of choice, as life at the beginning of the 21st century has furnished makers with a wider choice of tools, materials and processes with which to realise ideas and concepts. All have their place, the new does not replace the old; the key is to make appropriate use of them.

Sunday September 11th

11am   Joan and Jack Hardie: Printed Pots Demonstration

Joan and Jack Hardie demonstrate and talk about their 3D printer. They had been making pots for over 40 years when in 2014 they decided to experiment with printing clay making it possible to create ceramic forms not achievable by other means. There were no commercial 3D printers available to do what they envisaged, so they built their first 3D printer themselves to combine art, craft and technology in a new way.

12-2pm   Anthony Shaw in CoCA

Anthony Shaw will be with his display in CoCA available for questions and to talk informally about his collection.

12.30pm   Towards a Sustainable Ceramic Education: Lisa Hammond MBE in conversation with Alex McErlain accompanied by a simultaneous demonstration by her current apprentice, Florian Gadsby

Lisa Hammond set up Adopt a Potter in 2009 to help secure the future of studio potters. Here she talks to Alex McErlain who spent 35 years in ceramic education, at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was closely involved with national developments in the subject throughout this period. They will discuss the challenges of providing a meaningful route to becoming a potter today.

Adopt a Potter is working towards setting up a National Ceramics School that will teach a comprehensive skills-based curriculum in the UK, an arena largely vacated by main stream education, where the emphasis will be on core skills and the use of materials; design, throwing, glazing, kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration techniques.

2.30pm   Monica Young Film by Margaret Williams and Stephanie Matthews. MJW productions 2001

A rare chance to see this excellent and illuminating documentary about a remarkable potter by two close friends who happened to be film makers.

Monica Young was born in Paris in 1929. She trained and worked as a painter until her forties when a chance encounter with clay introduced her to ceramics with which she immediately fell in love and decided to make her life. She set up a studio in Reeth, North Yorkshire, the only place she could afford to build a home, studio and kiln to pursue her pot making. As a potter she was self taught which gave her the freedom to break all the so-called rules of what was supposed to be possible, a person foolhardy and brave enough to coil-build pots taller than herself.

Ignored for much of her working life she became famous at a very late stage, with profiles in several magazines and winning the gold medal at the International Craft Exhibition in Munich in 2002 despite her pots not having been exhibited properly in the judging arena.

Her giant coiled pots are collectors items and stand in Embassies across the world from Tokyo to New York. Monica died in 2004 aged 74.