The Body as Milieu

There is a close association between skin and the expression of thought. When blushing, paling, or sweating we can be, albeit momentarily, taken over by its conveyance of emotion before we are consciously aware of our own feelings, what Connor describes as ‘thinking through the skin’  

 

The Fragmented Figure

Interpreting Ceramics Issue 8

COVID Folklore

In times of crisis new forms of sociality emerge, new and renewed rituals and customs are forged. This cultural shift is most often underpinned by creativity, by more adaptable and intrinsic modes of practice that emerge from the gaps between art and life. As our stories of lockdown settle into folklore it is time to reappraise the domestic and to better understand the cultural agency of ‘art as it is lived’..

Civic

Ceramics

These artists are a new breed of ceramicists, with a plurality of skill base that extends far beyond their own studio in order to facilitate movement between personal and wider social concerns.

Civic Ceramics 'Ceramics Reader' Bloomsbury 2017

Relational Ceramics

This interest in the materials sociability has arrived at an opportune time, promoting not

only a rich well of potential ideas but more importantly, a more responsive, synergetic practice between art and life that could inform its sustainability.

CoCA Restating Clay:

'Ceramics Communities' 2019

New

Paradigms

in

Participatory Practice

Beyond Borders

 

Traditionally art and art theory is monological...once this process becomes social, the 'aesthetic' is considered more as a form of knowledge relevant & communicable amongst a collective or spheres of understanding. Art practice becomes about the social articulation of aesthetic experience.

 

Ceramic Values 'Can Ceramics Make a Difference?' 2017

 

Storytellers / Musicians / Illustrators Poets / Sculptors / Writers Archaeologists / Geologists / Historians each drawing parallels between the movement of the earth and the movement of man to encourage debate about journeying and asylum

 

FLUX: Art, Society and Responsibility 2016

 

 

Third Space

Narratives of Home

Sensory Anthropology

International Residencies / Interactive Workshops / Lectures / Premier Screenings H

 

aptic/Tacit: Language of Clay Cautionary Tales from the Archive, Clay Networks: Digital Workshop, Fabcre8

Artworks Cymru: Seed Funding

A project mapping participatory practice further developed through collaboration with Royal Welsh College of Music

and Drama and Making Music Changing Lives.

International Event Across 3 Events, 3 Venues, 3 Weeks: 

 

Interdisciplinary Performances and Workshops Across Penarth Shoreline and Pavilion, 'What We Take When We Leave' Exhibit at Cardiff MADE, FLUX sharing event,Storytelling and Sensory Workshops as Made in Roath.

The Music, Making and Dance

of Cob 

 

As with Waulking and Milling the activity of creating Cob can become as much an ethnographic record of time and place as any resultant artefact. The songs, following a folk tradition begin slow paced, with the tempo increasing as the repetitive act of blending materials becomes easier. The songs are not strictly adhered to, often improvised, responsive to the stories and experiences of the  individuals involved. 

 

Centre of Ceramic Art 2017 

 

SIPS: Seed Funding

The Greenman Festival encourages social arts practice. This workshop taught the history of Cob its use, song, dance and narratives arising from it.  

Poetry of

Clay

            

Sensory

Anthropology

 

 

Such ‘compound narratives’ in art are not so straight forward as in literature, where a simple comma or semicolon can be used to join two thoughts. In art, often without linear sequence, references are instead layered, each one reporting, embellishing, impacting on the properties of the other.

'Woven Narratives'

Ceramics Art and Perception 2020

 

 

Taking the domestic object as our site of exploration offered the possibility of not only re-visiting our sensory world, but discovering rich layers of complexity and depth beneath our familiar daily experience... It was astounding to discover the significance of the theme for such a wide spectrum of disciplines from dance, theatre, psychology to anthropology.

The Sensorial Object 2016

 

Crafts Council: Hey Clay:

A Collaboration Between CSAD and the School of Education and Social Policy involving Storyteller Dr, Dylan Adams and Poet Dr. Christina Thatcher