The great ‘Sensational Clay’ sell off – 12th August 2015 – Bilston Craft Gallery Garden Festival
I’m looking to sell all the exhibits from my solo, touring exhibition ‘Sensational Clay’ at a one off event – The Garden Festival at Bilston Craft Gallery in the West Midlands.
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!
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.
The exhibition also had an airing in Cirencester, Carlisle and Worcester and by the time it closes at Leamington, will have been enjoyed by over 10,000 gallery visitors.
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.
Ceramic play things and clay stamps for the Under 5′s developed as part of my involvement in the inspirational Happy Museums project facilitated by Craftplay and Craftspace at Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton. These prototype pieces are currently being road tested and put through their paces by the children, staff and parents at Loxdale Primary School. Can’t wait to hear their verdict!
At this time of year, things quieten down on the workshops and social engagement front. So much so, I find myself able to devote more time to my own making.
I’m currently involved in the lovely Happy Museums project at Craftplay in Wolverhampton. The enquiry has managed to strike the perfect balance of working with people and studio practice.
I’m developing a range of prototype ceramic stamps made from thrown clay on the potter’s wheel.
My apprentice Ethan was on hand to photograph my hand!
Looking forward to returning once again to Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton.
I spent yesterday and today collecting work from my exhibition ‘Sensational Clay’ at The Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton.
Saturday 3rd Sept was the final opportunity for visitors to experience the touchy, smelly and rattlin’ works of ceramic art.
I’ve been really pleased with visitor comments and a handfull of people took the time to blog about their experience of the show. Please take a look at what they had to say:
Bilston Craft Gallery
9 Jul 11 – 3 Sep 11
This fun and thought-provoking exhibition has something for all the family to enjoy. Sensational Clay is an exhibition of ceramics to stimulate the senses by Hereford-based potter Jon Williams.
The works have all been inspired by the five senses, and all have a secret to discover, from tiny hand-held items to huge one-metre wide pots! Explore the pieces to find out more – lift lids to discover hidden treasures, shake the musical pots to make some noise or try to guess the smell coming from the scented vessels!
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 9 July with lots of fun, free activities for all the family, including workshops with the artist Jon Williams.
Bilston Craft Gallery Website
I spent the day last Monday being filmed for a short DVD to accompany my exhibition at Bilston Craft Museum.
The production team, pictured left to right; Anthony (film-maker), Carrie and Natalie (Bilston Craft Gallery).
It’s been a few weeks since I was last at the Brickworks. On my last visit, I left the largest completed vessel unwrapped to allow the bricks to dry and shrink.
Quite a dramatic effect I think you’ll agree?
I love the tones and colour displayed by the uneven drying – the darker bricks at the bottom are still quite damp whilst the ‘white’ ones at the top are nearly dry enough for firing.
For some years now, the nature of my practice has been interpersonal – I’ve worked with participants of all ages and abilities, making things out of clay destined to be recycled rather than being fired.
I was starkly and cruelly reminded this week of the potential for disaster when committing work to the kiln.
I lifted the kiln lid to find all of the pieces…in pieces or severely cracked beyond repair – 2-3 days of work ruined in one foul swoop.
You would think that twenty years plus of experience would render the firing of work a mundane and risk free activity…It’s anything but. There are so many variables to the process of firing; temperature, rate of temperature climb, size of the work, position in the kiln…I could go on.
Just one small change – in this case the shape of the thrown form, and you can pretty much throw everything you know out of the window!
Although I’ve been working with brick clay for the past three years, I’m still learning how it works…but when you have a deadline looming, the need to get it right is intensified.
I had forgotten what a frustrating and destructive process transforming clay into ceramic could be. Those pieces that survive the rigours of the kiln are special and should not in any way be taken for granted – lots of ‘metaphor for life’ potential me thinks!