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Inspiring Events & Exhibitions
Written by Karen Marks
I went to Art in Clay at Farnham last Saturday – I was helping out and it was a great way to see the work of so many different people! This is the 17th Art in Clay held at Farnham and with such a a huge variety of work from new artists to potters with many years of creative work under their belt, it really is an inspiring show. From tiny, extremely delicate items, to huge dramatic sculptures! Something for everyone… 

Farnham seemed slightly more relaxed than Hatfield, but also busy – at the reception desk it was lovely to see people going home with bags and boxes of beautiful ceramics (including the couple with big boxes and a small sports car!)  

I also had a chance to watch Nigel Lambert demonstrate – the wonderful thing about demonstrations is that I always learn new things – there were very experienced potters watching who still picked up new tips!        

At the end of October, I went to the Oxford Ceramics Fair, which I haven’t visited before. Held in the wonderful grounds and building of St Edwards School, more than 60 of the UK's leading potters were exhibiting and selling their work. The event was laid out so that visitors could easily wonder around and admire the work. Again, the range was impressive – from tiny beautiful mugs (at extremely reasonable prices!) to the most impressive vibrant sculptures (at several thousands of pounds!) it made me appreciate the diversity of ceramics: pottery, ceramics, art, tableware – it’s all clay! Over the three days, there were demonstrations and talks from leading makers including Jack Doherty and Lisa Hammond, who gave a fabulous demonstration on throwing, cutting and altering. To end the weekend, Anna Lambert demonstrated how she uses slips, relief stamps and stencils in her nature-inspired work. 

Six weeks ago, with other students and tutors from UCA (the University for the Creative Arts) Farnham, I went to the ISCAEE (International Society for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange)   Symposium in Turkey. This event brings together students and tutors from countries around the world, including Japan, Korea, China, USA, UK, Switzerland, South Africa, Kenya and Turkey to exchange information and practices. Judy Dibiase, one of the visiting tutors at 318 Ceramics, held a session on printing on clay, which was very popular. Ashley Howard, who happens to also be our ceramics tutor at UCA, gave a presentation about 318 Ceramics, and how it has developed and grown, to share the idea of the Trust with others. It certainly raised awareness and interest, so who knows where it will all lead!       

Have you been to any events over the last couple of months? Tell us about them below. . .

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