Aberystwyth Arts Centre : International Ceramics Festival 2013

 The 2013 International Ceramics Festival -  one of the world's most prestigious biennial events for professional and amateur potters is a treat in store for next June. 1000 People; Demonstrators; Kiln Building & Firings; Slideshows; Films & Lectures; Exhibitions; Trade Stands; Bookstalls; Bars; Good Food; Good Company and Much More

 The Festival, which takes place every two years, attracts visitors from across the globe who travel to join their fellow ceramicists in Mid Wales.  Over 800 ceramicists and potters gather for the weekend to discuss techniques, watch demonstrations and share ideas. 

Jim Robison will once again be the Master of Ceremonies - he's not missed a festival since 1983! Born and educated in the USA, he moved to Yorkshire in the early 70s where he estbalished Booth House Gallery and Studio.    His work is usually slab built and slip decorated, including large-scale sculture and architectural ceramics. He enjoys an experimental approach to making, often combining personal constrution techniques with unusual surface textures, multiple layers of clay and colourful glazes. All pieces are reduction fired in a gas kiln.  Jim is an elected Fellow of the British Craft Potters Association and former Chair of the Northern Potters Association.


Among the demonstrators will be:
Sung Jae Choi (Korea) 
Sung Jae Choi makes vessels in the Korean tradition of buncheong ware (late 14th to late 16th century), and his works are a powerful evocation of Korean aesthetics. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Sung Jae Choi studied ceramics at Hongik University and its Graduate School.

He is currently a professor at the Korean National University of Cultural Heritage. His works are included in the collection lists of many prestigious domestic and overseas art museums and galleries including recently the Tikotin Museum (Israel), Victoria and Albert Museum (England), Art Institute of Chicago (Illinois), Newark Museum (New Jersey), and the Worcester Art Museum, (Massachusetts).

Takeshi Yasuda (China) 
Takeshi Yasuda trained at the Daisei-Gama Pottery in Mashiko from 1963 to 1966 and established his first studio there. His early work consisted of ash-glazed stoneware, after which he explored Sancai and Creamware. Most recently Yasuda has been working with Celadon-glazed Porcelain.

Jitka Palmer: 
Her themes are: Focusing on the personality of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. In my first demonstration I will model the poet's bust.
In my second demonstration I will concentrate on his poetic piece Under Milk Wood, and slip paint a large vessel depicting some of the scenes.
My lecture will be on theme: Clay Surface as a Canvas

The full list of Confirmed Demonstrators for this years festival (12 February 2013) is:
Mick Morgan; Takeshi Yasuda; Sung-Jae Choi; Beth Cavener Stichter; Virginia Scotchie; Rafael Perez; Jeremy Steward; Richard Notkin; Doug Fitch; Monika Patuszynska; Joe Finch; Carmarthen School of Creative Arts Students; Jitka Palmer; Felicity Aylieff; Steve Dixon; Conor Wilson

Kiln Builders/Firers: 
Mick Morgan; Jeremy Steward; Joe Finch; Peter Lange & Duncan Shearer; Carmarthen School of Creative Arts Students

There is also a strong representation from North and South Wales Potters, including Danny McDonough, so look out for their work!

Makers at this event include (Members in Bold)