The full programme for the Festival is still being finalised – we will be adding full details of demonstrators and guests shortly, you can also follow us on social media for up to date announcements:
Demonstrators during the weekend will include:
Christie Brown (UK)
Christie Brown is a Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster and is Principal Investigator of an AHRC-funded project Ceramics in the Expanded Field. Her figurative practice is informed by an interest in our relationship with objects and the significance and relevance of museum collections of archaic artefacts to contemporary artists. www.christiebrown.co.uk
Naidee Changmoh (Thailand)
Naidee Changmoh is mainly known for his large scale cartoonish monk figures and he also makes free form sculptured cement huts as art living spaces. His work is influenced by Buddhism which he practices, and the joy and innocence of children.
Tony Clennell (Canada)
Tony Clennell (makes thrown and assembled wood fired pieces. He has taught workshops in Canada, USA, Japan, China and Italy. He has written extensively for ceramic journals and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design in Oakville, Ontario; the College of Art and Design, and North Island College British Columbia. http://smokieclennell.blogspot.com
Thiébaut Chagué (France)
Thiébaut Chagué spent two and a half years in England, working at Richard Batterham’s studio and also at Wenford Bridge with Michael Cardew. He creates unique wood fired stoneware sculptural pieces. In 2009 he built a giant clay sculpture which he fired in the courtyards of the Victoria & Albert Museum to mark the opening of its new Ceramics Galleries.
Rita Gudino (Philippines)
Rita Gudino will be creating a sculptural LUAL kiln- Kiln Firing as Art and Metaphor of Birthing. This will be a raku kiln in the form of a birthing woman, the Earth Mother, the Birth Goddess giving birth to the clay figures fired within. She is a Professor at the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts (UP CFA), Quezon City, Philippines.
Lisa Hammond (UK)
Lisa Hammond is a Fellow of the CPA and founded the Adopt a Potter Charitable Trust in 2009. For the past 35 years she has been making functional high temperature soda glaze pots designed for domestic use. She has been developing her range of “Soda Shino”- Shino type glazes fired alongside the slipware pots, in the soda kiln.
John Higgins (UK)
John Higgins makes slab and thrown works, often with references to architecture, archaeology and everyday objects. His clay is heavily grogged to withstand his unusual making methods and the surfaces are treated with slips, stains and oxides.
Vineet Kacker (India)
Vineet Kacke draws inspiration for his work from Buddhist and Hindu spiritual sources. His work is informed by his formal architectural training, and inspired by his travels in the Himalayan regions of the Indian sub-continent. In 1998 he spent 3 months at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and later worked with Sandy Brown and Alan Caiger-Smith. He makes contemporary vessel forms in wood-fired stoneware which carry echoes of ancient objects.http://vineetkacker.com
Jonathan Keep (UK)
Jonathan Keep uses computer software to drive a studio-based D.I.Y. 3-D printer that he has adapted to print in clay. Layer by layer the pots are printed out as a type of mechanical pottery coil building. After printing, the ceramic is fired and glazed in the normal way. His aim is to allow things to be as simple and as direct as possible. He also throws, coils, and uses slab and moulding techniques in a variety of clays, depending on scale and desired surface quality. http://www.keep-art.co.uk
Gas Kimishima (UK)
Gas Kimishima was born in Japan but has been living in the UK for nearly 30 years. After various careers as a fashion designer and art dealer, he decided to make pottery but took it up seriously after meeting the potter and magazine editor Murray Fieldhouse. He visited Japan in 1992 and met the master-potter Furutani Michio in Shigaraki, whose influence on his work was life-changing. He designs and builds kilns near his home in Hertfordshire, for the Festival he will be building a mini Anagama kiln.
Gareth Mason (UK)
Gareth Mason is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and Brother of the Art Workers Guild, London. He is a regular columnist for Ceramic Review Magazine. He makes thrown pots with a richness and density of surface achieved through multiple firing and glazing techniques.
Steve Mills (UK)
Steve Mills (UK)is known for his wood-fired kilns that can be built and fired by the individual. He also makes pottery based as much as possible from locally sourced ingredients, including local clays. At the festival in 2015 he will be building and firing a bourry-box kiln.
Sergi Pahissa (Spain)
Sergi Pahissa is part of the Müll collective, who create sculpture kilns from recycled materials. He also combines ceramics with other artistic disciplines such as scenic arts, theatre, performance, sculpture, recycling, etc. He will be making an exciting sculpture kiln and performance for the 2015 festival.
Jo Taylor (UK)
Jo Taylor completed a Masters in 3D Design: Ceramics, at Bath Spa University in 2012. She makes sculptural forms from fragments of clay, each fragment containing the gesture of her hand. Visual influences include plaster ceilings, wrought iron gates and carved wood.
Tip Toland (USA)
Tip Toland makes extraordinary more than life-size human sculptures: fragile creatures which have a certain vulnerability, isolation and innocence. The super-realism of her figures comes from her attention to detail and unique use of materials and techniques.
Velimir Vukičević (Serbia)
Velimir Vukičević is perhaps best known for his geometrical and trompe-l’oeil porcelain pieces .He is a professor of sculpture in the ceramics department at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade.
There will also be more special kilns from festival regulars such as Joe Finch, as well as other activities suitable for everyone to get their hands on some clay throughout the weekend. Keep an eye on the website for further updates.