Talks and Demos

Our Talks and Demos take place in The Richard Godfrey marquee. There is always great demand so seating is available on a first come first served basis.

Friday, 17th August 2018

11am

SVEND BAYER
“The Kigbeare Kiln Project: A Year On”
Illustrated Talk

Svend will discuss the first year of the Kigbeare Kiln Project and how it is all panning out, both the good aspects and the not so good.

12.30pm

JAMES OUGHTIBRIDGE
“My clay journey: developing large scale work”
Talk/Demo

James will discuss his first introduction to clay on his Art Foundation and his experiences as a ceramic artist including many of his commission’s such as producing work for the James Bond movie. James will also demonstrate pressmoulded curved sections and talk about his larger scale work.

2.00pm

JIM MALONE
“How I Got Here”
Illustrated Talk

Jim will discuss his personal journey, starting from his time at art school through the various workshops he has set up to where he currently is now. To highlight his talk Jim will include  anecdotes and references to  various people he has met along the way and will also explain his philosophical approach to making pots. He will discuss the type of clay,wheel and kiln that he chooses to use and explain why it is his firm held belief that the “means” by which a pot is made is as important (if not more so) as the end for that is what gives a pot its “soul”.

3.30pm

BRENDAN HESMONDHALGH
Raw
Talk/Demo

Brendan will be demonstrating hand building techniques to produce one of his expressive animal sculptures, whilst talking about his process and career to date.

Saturday, 18th August 2018

11am

THE POTTERIES CERAMIC REVIVIAL
With Stoke Ceramic Artists & Organisations
Talk/Discussion Panel

A discussion surrounding the ceramic revival that is currently taking place in the heart of the Potteries. This session will look at the opportunities available within the city including feedback from the Clay College, plans for the ceramic park and a panel discussion that will include local ceramic artists Nick Marsh & Philip Hardaker, Kevin Millward – Clay College, Claire Wood – Director at Middleport Pottery, & Alan Ault – Valentine Clays & Ceramics Development Ltd…

12.30am

ELLEN RIJSDORP
Developing natural structures: Upside down and double hauled
Talk/Demo

Known for her ceramic objects that has been inspired by natural structures, Ellen will demonstrate her special throwing technique of throwing upside down on the wheel, as well as how she manages to create texture on her ceramic pieces using specific tools.

2.00pm

MATTHEW BLAKELY
“Mashiko Rocks”
Illustrated Talk

Matthew talks about his recent residency in Mashiko, Japan: developing new rock glazes from the local geology in the midst of a pottery extravaganza.

3.30pm

EDDIE CURTIS
Demonstration and official launch of ‘Curtis Texture Paste’
Talk/Demo

Eddie Curtis demonstrates how, with multiple layers of textured paste and porcelain slip, he creates the fascinating textures on his prize winning landscape ceramics. Developed by Eddie over a period of several years, ‘Curtis Texture Paste’ is now exclusively available from Valentine Clays Ltd.

Sunday, 19th August 2018

11.30pm

RUTHANE TUDBALL
“Creative Throwing”
Talk/Demo

Ruthanne will demonstrate throwing, manipulating and assembling a teapot wet on the wheel while answering questions about soda glazing.

12.30pm

IAN GREGORY
“Paperclay & Mixed Media”
Talk/Demo

Ian will discuss and demonstrate how he has used paperclay and other mixed media over the years to create his stunning sculptures.

1.30pm

ANNA LAMBERT
“My Journey towards a new way of making”
Illustrated Talk

Anna Lambert will discuss her challenges through a mid-career MA towards a new way of making. Anna will describe how she developed new working methods using slab building and slip painting which resulted in a body of work related to her previous coiled and modelled pieces.

2.30pm

SUZANNE LUKACS-RINGEL
“German salt glazed pots journey to China”
Talk/Demo

Suzanne will discuss her exciting experience in Jingdezhen, China in October 2017 where she was part of the Autumn Market ‘Taoxichuan Ceramic Art Avenue’. She will also demonstrate how to throw green tea little teapots and how they should be used.