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Ceramic Art York 2015 Discovery Programme

Friday September 11th

11am: Janet Barnes, Chief Executive of York Museums Trust
The Development of CoCA

Janet Barnes opens the Discovery Programme with an account of the York Art Gallery refurbishment and how the Centre of Ceramic Art came into being.

12-2pm: Anthony Shaw in CoCA*
Anthony Shaw will be with his display in CoCA available for questions and to talk informally about his collection.

2pm: Magdalene Odundo
Acknowledging Sources: Pots, objects and material culture
“Her profound exploration of the technical and expressive possibilities of the ceramic medium has created work unique within the landscape of contemporary art.” – Jane Adlin, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Distinguished artist Magdalene Odundo speaks about her practice and engagement beyond clay.

4pm: Lars Tharp
Of Meissen Men, et al.
Ceramic and oriental art specialist, broadcaster and curator Lars Tharp gives a personal take on clay and its place in human culture.

Saturday September 12th

11am: Sara Moorhouse
Sara grew up in the Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire landscapes fascinated by agriculture dividing vast spaces into shapes, each one uniquely defined by its colour, texture, line and form. By observing these landscapes and using colour theory Sara divides space and creates illusory effects across the bowl form.

12-2pm: Anthony Shaw in CoCA*
Anthony Shaw will be with his display in CoCA available for questions and to talk informally about his collection.

1.30pm: Demonstration by Phil Rogers: Making Chawan
Phil will demonstrate the process of making some Chawan (literally “tea bowl”). Originating in China then adopted by the Japanese via Korea, for more than 400 years this celebrated clay form has challenged potters to create a perfect vessel to “simply” enjoy the drinking of tea by making the bowl part of the whole experience rather than merely a vessel.

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3pm: Reinventing the Wheel:
Issues and Developments in the Art of Ceramics
Prof. Michael White chairs a discussion panel on the relation between pottery, skill, technology and the way that expertise is passed down. Michael White is joined by colleague Dr. James Boaden, eminent potter and ceramicist Jane Hamlyn and decorative arts specialist Diane Sinnott.

4:30pm: Film: Isaac Button – Country Potter

Sunday September 13th

11am: Demonstration by Hannah McAndrew: Slip-decorating
Hannah demonstrates her use of classic techniques of slip-decorating to produce a contemporary range of pots. Slip is a liquid suspension of clays and other minerals that is brushed, poured or trailed onto the unfired leather-hard clay body.

4. Slip Trail and Paper Resist Charger. 52cm diameter

12–2pm: Anthony Shaw in CoCA*
Anthony Shaw will be with his display in CoCA available for questions and to talk informally about his collection.

1.30pm: Demonstration by James Oughtibridge: Make It Big
James demonstrates how his large sculptural forms evolve from cutting and stacking slabs formed in curved plaster moulds.

6 Dark Umber Pair

3pm: Ian McIntyre: A Ton of Clay
Ian will be discussing his recent commission – A Ton of Clay, for the Jerwood Makers Open 2015. The work is a nod to “the last true English country potter” Isaac Button and his notoriety for being able to throw a ton of clay in any one day.

*Entry to CoCA and meeting Anthony Shaw require tickets.

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