I attended the Aberystwyth International Ceramic Festival on July 4th http://www.internationalceramicsfestival.org/ and had a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational day.
The very first lecture that I attended was by Tip Toland, whose work I only recently became aware of thanks to a magazine cutting from Jackie. Tip’s lecture was not only informative, but inspiring and moving and after it I was able to talk to her briefly while she worked on an example for her demonstration. Each lecturing or demoing artist had a studio space where they either worked or showcased examples. Tip actually lives in Seattle. Later in the day she gave a demonstration of how she creates an armature, models the form and then hollows it. Very similar to the way Scott taught us last Fall.
She creates her huge pieces as solid ceramic blocks, then cuts them into sections, hollows them out, fires them and reassembles using epoxy glue. The final effects are achieved through paints and pastels. Some pieces are surprisingly large. Do check out her website: http://www.tiptoland.com/index.html Here is a photo montage of her demo – sorry about the quality, but I just used my iphone in poor light. She worked up the basic head in about 45 mins. Her armature was angled with the top section loosely attached, so that when she first chopped off the back of the head she was able to unscrew it and start hollowing.
Other artists whose work I saw either demoed, lectured or on show can be found at: http://www.internationalceramicsfestival.org/demonstrators/ It is hard to put across the general excitement and inspiration of the day as it was super busy from start to finish! I did enjoy a lot of the student work which can be found at the bottom of the demonstrator list. So do check out their websites.
In the general art gallery at the university there was also a very interesting show by the Welsh artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins which I greatly enjoyed. He is not an artist I’m familiar with, but have bought a fantastic book showcasing his work. Unfortunately the book doesn’t contain his latest work from this year, which I really enjoyed, so here are a few photos which they let me take. The reflections don’t help, but they do act as a reminded. I particularly liked the way the flowers transfer from the horse to the man – this theme he has explored over many years and relates to his father’s fear of a particular Welsh legend. His website: http://www.hicks-jenkins.com/ These images aren’t in the right order.
I feel as though this post can’t pu across visually my experience – it will just have to show up in my work of the next few years!