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Icon Ceramic and Glass Group Study Day and AGM 17th November 2018

This event focused on modern and contemporary art by visiting an important collection of 20th-century ceramics and meeting practising studio artists.

The day begun by visiting the James Hockey and Foyer Galleries at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, in Farnham. “The Centre's acclaimed collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as diaries, working notes and photographs of makers of the 20th and 21st centuries.” The Director, Professor Simon Olding, lead the gallery visit and gave a short talk on the ceramics collection in the research centre which includes objects and archive material from Bernard Leach, Hans Coper, Dame Lucie Rie and other leading studio potters of 20th-century studio crafts movement in Britain. 

The AGM was at the Crafts Study Centre and after the AGM we made our way on foot to the Art in Clay Pottery and Ceramics Festival, held at the Farnham Maltings: At this contemporary ceramics exhibition, visitors had the opportunity to meet and buy ceramics directly from artists, and attend various talks and demonstrations. 

Minutes from the AGM are available here:

Icon Ceramics and Glass Group Conference September 7th and 8th 2017

Chair's report on Conference and AGM, by Dana E. Norris ACR

The conference was very successful this year due to the number of vibrant speakers and a fantastic setting.  Based on Magdalen College’s historic cloister, the delegates were also able to visit many of the college chapels across the city, which are well known for their wonderful stained glass windows.  We were particularly fortunate to have presentations by conservators working in the UK, Germany, USA, Australia and Russia.

The AGM was held on September 8th during the conference in Oxford this year.  Our committee saw a number of changes, most importantly that our Chair Rachel Sharples stepped down after seven years of dedicated volunteer work.  The committee wishes her well in her new endeavours and is very grateful for all the time that has gone into chairing the group and supporting events for the members. We also welcomed our newest committee member, Holly Daws, who was elected Treasurer.   Dana Norris ACR was elected Chair, Helen Warren Secretary, and Tiago Oliveira Nigel Williams Prize Coordinator.  The group is also fortunate to have continued support from Jasmina Vučković ACR and Ronald Pile as Events Coordinators.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the CGG Events Survey conducted during the summer. From the survey, we were able to better understand what subjects our members are most interested in, a valuable asset in events planning.  Responses were received from 46 ICON members. The results showed that tours of museum conservation departments were by far the most highly rated. The survey also indicated a high interest in visiting commercial conservation companies, galleries and artist’s studios.  When asked about potential speakers, Conservators were preferred for lectures and presentations, in comparison to professionals in related disciplines such as Art Historians and Scientists.  A range of workshop topics were rated with Colour Gap Filling, Gliding and Stain Removal being the most popular. The committee will strive to plan 2018’s CGG events with these results and those from the conference feedback forms in mind.

The conference booklet with abstracts from each presentation is available on the group’s page as a PDF under Resources. The conference posters are also published on the group pages. The committee is now planning events for 2018, the AGM will be held Farnham and include a visit to the Crafts Study Centre.