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The great ‘Sensational Clay’ sell off – 12th August 2015 – Bilston Craft Gallery Garden Festival
I’ll be offering all the pieces at a fraction of their original value, in fact everything will be priced between a bargain £5 and £30 – everything must go!
For those who didn’t have the opportunity to visit the exhibition in one of five venues across the West Midlands and beyond, missed out on an extravaganza of fired ceramic designed to stimulate the five senses. All the exhibits were made with visitor interaction in mind and as well as being accessible to touch, there were aromatic pieces, musical rattle pots and sculptural curios inspired by food and drink.
Sensational Clay was first exhibited at Bilston Craft Gallery in the Summer of 2011. The show proved so popular with it’s intended family audience, the Gallery suggested it be offered to other venues as a touring resource. It went on to be exhibited at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester, Tulie House Museum & Art gallery in Carslile, Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery before it’s last outing at Leamington Spa Art Gallery in Warwickshire.
The Garden Festival starts at 2pm and is due to finish at 5pm but do hurry as the work won’t be around for long!
Even as I was unboxing the collection of Musical Water jugs, young musicians and pottery lovers were on the scene, eager to trial the installation. The pots will be proper put through their paces on Sunday 26th July as the new interactive Water Park at The Waterworks Museum in Hereford gets it’s official opening by the Mayor of Hereford.
Creative photo session with a sackful of oversized ceramic apples, a bucket of pottery bones and genius photographer Kirsty Pye,
The amazing images will shape the promotional flyer to accompany the interactive installations in all three Hereford Museums, designed to signpost visitors to each venue.
Brilliant day today with Ash introducing tech and LED lights into the cooking pots.
Here’s a wee video clip of the xylophone in action.
The last time I smoked fired some pottery, it was with a load of excited 4 yr olds from Evesham Nursery School at their amazing Forest School site in Worcestershire.
It was great to re-visit the technique here at the Pottery and marvel at the way the smoke draws and designs across the brick clay surface.
These terracotta beauties will form part of the xylophone extravaganza destined for Coningsby Medieval Museum in Hereford.
Spent an inspiring day yesterday working with electronic wizard and creative Ash Brown installing technical gubbings into ceramic apples destined for the Cider Museum.
When you touch one of the bronze leaves, a note is emitted. You can play ’10 green bottles’ if you trigger the apples in the correct sequence. I cant profess to properly understanding how it all works – but it just does – beautifully!
Artist blacksmith Andrew Findlay popped in today to measure each of the fired apples for their bespoke bronze core and leaf.
When it opened in 2011, Sensational Clay was never intended to be exhibited anywhere other than the fantastic and unique Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton. However, here we are in 2015 and I’ve just attended the opening of my solo show of interactive ceramics at Leamington Spa Art Gallery.
To celebrate the opening, I was privileged to be invited to give a ‘Friday focus’ introductory talk followed by a practical workshop on the Saturday. Participants were encouraged to use a variety of hand building techniques to make musical pots. A creative bunch for sure and some had their own kilns or access to firings. A lovely couple of days with some lovely people. Thank you to all the staff and visitors who made me feel so welcome.
Sensational Clay runs 6th March – 4th May 2015.
Great to be working with Artist Blacksmith & Master Craftsman Andrew Findlay again. Just look at this amazing bronze leaf & stalk made in Eastnor Forge down the end of the lane. QUALITY!
Bronze is perfect for conducting electrical current so when the leaf is touched it will be easy to complete a circuit and make ‘something happen’….exciting stuff!