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, 18th August 2017

11am

SVEND BAYER
“The building of the Kigbeare kiln” – Illustrated Talk

The kiln has now been built and the test firing was carried out at the end of March. All the kiln builders made pots to go in the kiln, knowing that this was a tremendous risk, because the performance of the kiln cannot be known until after the firing – finding out how the flames circulated around the kiln, where the best ash deposits were, if there were any cold spots, etc. The kiln was also still in the drying out phase, and how this would affect the pots was an unknown quantity.  Svend will bring us right up to date with the news of the Crowdfunding firing, which took place in June.

12.30pm

JANE CAIRNS
Ceramics and the City

Jane shares the overlooked beauty she finds in the urban environment and demonstrates the innovative way she creates the textured surfaces this inspires.

2.00pm

PETER HAYES
From Brum to Cornwall over to Africa, back to Bath & on to India.

Travelling has been the most influential aspect on Peter’s work and still plays an important part in his creative thinking, to such an extent that he has now has a studio workshop in Udaipur, India.  He will be talking about these experiences.     

3.30pm

HALIMA CASSELL
My journey from the beginning to now. – Illustrated Talk

Halima shares her initial inspirations and journey from the early stages of her work to now and how its developed through residency, scholarships and pushing the boundaries of the material. One not to be missed.  

Saturday, 19th August 2017

11am

SUSANNE LUKACS-RINGEL
Talking pots – Talk/Demo

‘Susanne will show a 7 minute film about “talking pots”. She will also demo one of her porcelain slab pieces, which she will then finish on the wheel.

12.30pm

ROGER LEWIS
Developing ideas with clay – Talk/Demo

Developing ideas with clay.  Rogers words, a man of so few words and very little hype. But try and get to this one as Roger is a Mastercraftsman and we’re very pleased to have him do this demo for us.

2.00pm

MARCUS BÖHM
The making of the maker – Talk/Demo

Marcus has been wood firing/salt glazing for more than 30 years back home in Germany and recently switched to soda firing.  Here he gives us an insight into the teachers, tools and materials that have influenced him and tells us how he learnt his craft and how he re-learnt it some decades later under different circumstances. This presentation also includes a throwing demonstration

3.30pm

JOHN HIGGINS
The unprompted and fortuitous – Talk/demo

Letting go to that which happens along the way in the exploration of the accidental, the spontaneous and unexpected. 

Sunday, 20th August 2017

11.30am

PAUL JACKSON
Madrugada,The Art of Abstraction? – Talk/demo

Several years ago Paul found a new path to form & decoration as he developed his Madrugada ( Portugese for Dawn) series. The discovery of a new slip base freed up his long held love of painting, much the way a painter mixes on a pallet. Hinged on a paper resist geometric stucture, they embody immediacy and energy. Paul will show and give us an insight into how this works for him.

12.30pm

MATTHEW BLAKELY
‘True Grit: Turning rock into gold’……….and blue, green, white, black, brown – Illustrated Talk

Matthew travels around the country collecting rocks and transforming them into glazes that represent the geology of these different locations.

It’s an exacting job, so hear him talk about what drives him to do it.

1.30pm

JENNIE HALE
A bird from the hand

Jennie shows us how drawing and clay work together.

2.30pm

JEREMY NICHOLS
From bridges to breadknives: the brief history of a teapot design

An illuustrated talk showing how Jeremys teapot designs come about. Influenced by a wide & diverse variety of other kinds of functional objects.