International Ceramics Festival

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2015

Oliver Kent(UK)

I am simply very interested in pots. Archealogists rely on them for identifiying culture, activity, date, economic activity and so on. Artists, sculptors and potters also understand their potential for encoding meaning of one kind or another.

I work both as a maker and teacher of ceramics and as a freelance archaeological ceramics specialist. I am one of those people who enjoy the plasticity of clay and the myriad accidents and marks that the process of making brings. Untidy some might call it. Wood-firing and bonfire-firing appeal to me particularly because of their inherent tendancy to express the process of firing. I recognize the introspective nature of this, but at the same time, in attempting to read the pots of the past, an understanding of the signs and nuances of the material is significant in building an understanding of them. My archaeological work is principally taken up with ceramic production sites, usually medieval and later but with forays as far back as the Bronze Age. I am particularly interested in using my practical knowledge of ceramics to aid a better understanding of ceramics in the past. For the last 24 years I have run, with David Dawson, the Bickley Ceramics Project which brings potters and archaeologists together to explore ceramic technology. The Project has lead to many articles, conference papers, and other projects including building kilns for English Heritage and in 2001 for the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. I was one of the demonstrators for the first International Potters Camp at Aberystwyth in 1987.

International Ceramics Festival

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Penglais, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion, Wales (UK)
SY23 3DE

Tel: (+44) 01970 623232 (Tickets & Box Office)
Tel: (+44) 07531146638 (General Enquiries)

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