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!
Think I’ve just found my designer for the project flyer!
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.
The inspiring and much toured Made In The Middle exhibition curated by Craftspace ended in Northhampton at the weekend. Here’s a brilliant video made by a couple of visitors playing my Percussive Pots when the show called in at Rugby City Art Gallery earlier this year:
For more details about how this video clip came about please visit Craftspace MITM blog.
The music/ceramics crossover is an area I’m continuing to explore and this video more than hints at the direction my practice might take in the coming months and years.
Photographer Ieva Mihelsone has been working with us over the past 6 months or so capturing the magic of what goes on here at Eastnor Pottery. She’s taken some beautiful shots of our course participants both young and old. More recently she played around with some of my pots and sculptures with different effects and backgrounds etc. The results are amazing and transform the objects in all kinds of ways. I’m planning to publish a lot of Ieva’s great work in the not too distant future. In the meantime, feast your eyes on this photo of a couple of my ‘rattle pots’.
Once a month creatives in and around Cirencester meet up in the evening at The New Brewery Arts to network and enjoy a good cuppa. Last night, in my capacity as the Gallery’s featured artist I gave a talk about my career and influences. Artist and lecturer Richard Webb interviewed me in front of a select gathering of local artists.
Having been asked to comment on my earliest encounters with clay, I recalled the story of hurling lumps of sticky mud on the end of sticks at next door neighbours brick wall, totally fascinated at the adhesive properties (they stayed up there for weeks!)
Big thank you to Roger, who gave a name to this activity – pugsticks! He’d had fun as a boy throwing ‘pugsticks’ at his mates – nice!
Those of you who didn’t get to see my multi sensory solo show of ceramics at The Bilston Craft Gallery in the Summer have a second chance at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.
Have just returned from a wonderful opening event where over 200 visitors got to play on my ceramic drum pots, smell the scented sculptures and of course play with some clay. I enjoyed meeting and working with every single one of you! Have a look at some of the photos!
Sensational Clay runs untill 29th April.
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).
The boys tryout my drum pots in the pottery garden…