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Day of Clay – Sat 6 Oct 2018

CoCA Day of Clay (York Art Gallery) is this year teaming up with Effects Design Market and the Craft Potters Association to bring ‘Ceramics + Design Now’ to York, a city wide festival with events, workshops, talks and two selling exhibitions – Effects Design Market and York Ceramics Fair.

This festival of modern ceramics and design, which takes place over the first weekend of October 2018, will offer a growing audience the opportunity to engage more closely with material, meet designers, and explore more widely a global movement towards sustainable, low impact-high quality craft and design.

Join York Art Gallery, home to the most significant collection of British Studio Ceramics in the UK, for the annual Day of Clay, as part of the Ceramics + Design Now festival 2018.

Don’t miss this fantastic day of hands-on activities, performance art, raku firing, workshops and expert talks. Whether you are a professional or a novice, discover more about working with clay alongside world-renowned artists and potters, surrounded by the best examples of ceramic art.

Events Programme

In The Studio

• 10:30 – 12:30 – Susan Halls
Sculpting animals on clay using pottery techniques workshop.

Susan is currently an ‘artist in residence’ at the University of York.

• 12:30 – 14:30 – Sara Radstone
‘Clay: paper: cloth – A hands-on workshop where you can explore using materials and processes to discover, inspire and create’.

Sara Radstone is a British artists who works with ceramics.

• 14:30 – 16:30 – Anna Whitehouse – Shrunken Heads Drop-In Workshop
A family-fun workshop suitable for all ages and abilities, use hand modelling techniques and learn how to turn a simple ball of clay into your very own shrunken head (a far less grisly process than those used by the tribes in Ecuador and Peru!).

Decorate by carving into the clay, adding wool, feathers, beads and cocktail sticks to create your own unique character. If you wish to add colour, the pieces can be painted at home once fully dry.

Anna Whitehouse has been teaching ceramics for 9 years and is a professional Ceramicist.

• The Studio

Click the following link to learn about The Studio

In the Centre of Ceramic Art – Gallery 1

• 14:00 – 16:00 – Chris Beale and Ian Howie – Clay Time

Come and experience the ceramics gallery with artists Chris Beale and Ian Howie. They’ll help you settle in and set you off with some ideas – and you can see what develops.

Take your time and let yourself be inspired by what you see around you and the feel of clay itself. What will you create?

All welcome, no need to book and you may arrive at any point.

Chris and Ian have worked together since 2015 and both have histories with clay an as artist and potter respectively.

In the Centre of Ceramic Art – Gallery 2

• 11:00 – 13:00 – Hands on Here
Get hands on with our historic and contemporary ceramic collection

• 13:30 – 15:30 – Hands on Here
Get hands on with our historic and contemporary ceramic collection

• 14:30 – 15:30 – Sara Radstone book signing
Sara Radstone will be available in the Anthony Shaw space to sign her new book ‘More Than Words’.

Click the following link to learn about The Centre of Ceramic Art

In the York Museum Gardens

• 11:00 – 12:00 – Lou Gilbert Scott – The Big Pot Stop

Come and throw a pot at The Big Pot Stop and help make the tallest pot in York!

Throw a pot, cup or bowl on the potter’s wheel or make your own clay creation to add to the ‘tower of pots’, which will be displayed for the day at York Art Gallery.

Lou Gilbert Scott is a potter, ceramics teacher and itinerant artist.

On Exhibition Square

12:00 – 16:00  – Lou Gilbert Scott – The Big Pot Stop

Join us on Exhibition Square and throw a pot at The Big Pot Stop and help make the tallest pot in York!

Throw a pot, cup or bowl on the potter’s wheel or make your own clay creation to add to the ‘tower of pots’, which will be displayed for the day at York Art Gallery.

Lou Gilbert Scott is a potter, ceramics teacher and itinerant artist.

In the Artists Garden

• York College Raku firing

Tutor Ed Poxon and the York College 3D Design students will be showing the art form of Raku firing ceramics in the artists garden.

True Japanese Raku refers to pottery made by a specific family in Japan for the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

The pot is covered in a lead glaze and fired at a low temperature. The pot is removed whilst still glowing hot and usually covered with some kind of dust/leaves or peat.

Other Events

Children’s ceramic trail available at front desk all day.

There’ll also be lots going on throughout the ‘Ceramics + Design Now’ festival. For the full list, visit the following page: CoCA’s Day of Clay

Event details

Price

Free with admission

Date

Saturday 6 October 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue

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York Art Gallery,
Exhibition Square
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 7EW

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