Archive for March 16, 2012

Made in the Middle

Made in the Middle ExhibitionPrivate views are great for networking and catching up with old acquaintances but near damn useless for taking stock of the exhibits. Although I attended the corporate , viewing of Made in the Middle, I still hadn’t felt like I’d actually ‘seen’ the exhibition. So after workshop duties at St Thomas’s on Tuesday last week I headed down to the MAC to experience the show for real.

I was encouraged by a small crowd of visitors around my musical drum pots, gently tapping out rhythms and notes. (I secretly had reservations as to whether punters would interact with the work in a predominantly ‘eyes only’ show) The positive comments on the post-it note evaluation provided more evidence the pieces were being well used. Have a look at the photos on our Facebook page.

The exhibition runs till the 15 April at MAC then it goes on tour through-out the Midlands.

Clay in the Sky Arts Den

Pottery Workshops at Sky Arts DenIt was a refreshing change to be heading down the motorway in a southerly direction on Sunday. I have been working in the Sky Arts Den at the Bath Literature Festival 2012 providing pottery workshops for festival visitors.

I’ve worked with the Sky arts den team before at the Cheltenham literature festival and help but be impressed by their approach to staging activities. The variety of performers and workshops on offer is both exciting and diverse.

Beth (commander in chief) runs a very tight ship and the changeover between activities is as smooth and efficient as you like. As a supplier, it all makes for an enjoyable working partnership.

Please take a look at some of the photos from the pottery workshops.

Hungry Caterpillar clay project

Hungry Caterpillar Project, with Jon WilliamsI’ve been working with the fabulous St Thomas Children’s Centrethis week and last producing clay work based upon Eric Carle’s classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I’m working with participant groups right across the Centre exploring literacy, conversation, mark making and the creative benefits of working with clay.

New parents and their very young children (some as young as 4 months) have been sampling the delights of the potter’s wheel and making foot prints into leaf tiles.

Families attending the centre’s popular ‘stay & play’ sessions have been producing modelled fruit and food stuff, riddled with holes made by the devouring insect.

I’ve also been working with the St Thomas’s Nursery to build a beautiful, multi-coloured tile panel.

As soon as the gems emerge from the kiln I’ll pop some photos up on the website.

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