November Newsletter

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Hello Team 318

It’s been a busy autumn so far. The 318 weekly courses are up and running and the work being produce from those continues to improve and impress.

The resident artists have a new member among their number; Kaya Cohen is the first UCA graduate to be offered one year’s studio space as part of a collaboration between 318 and UCA. Those graduating from the BA ceramics course are invited to apply for a space at 318 for a one-year period. This is to help launch their careers. Kaya makes ceramic jewellery of a very stylish and unique kind. This brings me to my next celebration; the annual Open House of the resident artists. This will be an ideal opportunity for you to come see what the artists have been up to this past year and to meet Kaya. The exhibition is open from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.

The Artists themselves have been busy with Kim spending time in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan working on a project to raise awareness of contemporary ceramic practice. Judy Dibiase has been up North working on an installation in Cumbria. Michelle Shields has been to and fro from Eindhoven Museum and have been back to China to do lectures.

On Sunday 1st December there is a slab and basic print course being run between 10am and 1pm. There are still places so do come along to that if you want to have a go or brush up on your existing knowledge.

The management committee has been planning term 2 events; more details will follow, but we are running one-off classes in Japanese stone carving and fabric dying. This will expand your thinking around your own ceramic practice. Also, the 2020 Emmanuel Cooper Lecture will be held at the Royal College of Art where 318 will host it as usual; watch this space.

Finally, here’s quote I remember from my college days, ‘ceramics is 50% preparation and 50% clearing up, the rest of the time is making’.

Ashley