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From: Friday 26.01.18
at 11:00am
To: Friday 26.01.18
at 6:00pm

Ceramic Plasticity Symposium


West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Discover the Artistry and Craft of Contemporary Ceramics

Internationally acclaimed artists, ceramicists and academics come together for CERAMIC PLASTICITY – a one day Symposium at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation on Friday, 26 January 2018 (11am-6pm). Reflecting the resurgence of craft and skills-based making in art, the symposium explores common ground between contemporary art and studio ceramics. Emphasising the commonalities between artist and craftsperson, the event focuses on practical, theoretical, and professional aspects of working with clay, embodied in its malleability and resistance – its plasticity.

Francine Norris, Director of Education, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, says:

“We are excited to bring together these leading artists and writers all exploring ceramics as a contemporary medium. The College continues to promote ceramic making across a range of programmes and is well-placed to support artists exploring and reinterpreting the material….”.

The Ceramic Plasticity Symposium will be chaired by De La Warr Pavillion curator Rosie Cooper with Glenn Adamson, senior scholar at Yale University and former head of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York as  keynote speaker. Glenn has spent much of his career highlighting and defining the often-blurred lines of ground breaking artistry and craft. 

The four disciplines within ceramics will be represented by experts in their fields: Studio pottery by Julian Stair and Assemble, Contemporary Art by Caroline Achaintre and Florence Peake, Theory by Glenn Adamson and Dr. David Stent and Conservation by Bouke de Vries (West Dean alumnus).