Icon Ceramic and Glass Group Study Day and AGM 17th November 2018
This event focuses on modern and contemporary art by visiting an important collection of 20th century ceramics and meeting practicing studio artists.
The day will begin by visiting the James Hockey and Foyer Galleries at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, in Farnham at 11am. “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, has kindly agreed to lead the gallery visit and give 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. Space is limited to twenty places for the director’s tour; therefore booking via Eventbrite is required and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The Crafts Study Centre is open to the public free of charge, directions and further information can be found on the study centre website: www.csc.uca.ac.uk/contact.
The AGM will be held in the Crafts Study Centre at 1pm, all are welcome. We urge as many of our primary and secondary group members to attend as possible so that we have the required numbers to carry out voting on official group business. Information on elections to the committee can be found on the group’s committee page on the Icon website.
After the AGM we will break for lunch, and then make our way on foot to the Art in Clay Pottery and Ceramics Festival which is being held at the Farnham Maltings: www.artinclayfarnham.co.uk. At this contemporary ceramics exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to meet and buy ceramics directly from artists, and attend various talks and demonstrations. Admission to the festival is £5 per adult, it is possible that two-for-one tickets will be available for advance purchase on the festival website or by voucher; further information will be circulated to attendees who have booked their free tickets on Eventbrite as it becomes available.
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 in 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.