Photo Journal: materiality, colour, surface

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A bit of old rope… Here are a few of the pictures that I took while on Lewis, Scotland. It’s a small showcase of materials, techniques, colour & surface combinations that sum up some of the poetic bleakness, simplicity, tenacity and determination of the place. Things that get me excited. The next step is to explore how to use these observations. I’ll just leave them floating around & let serendipity help things along.

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Introducing Becca Macdonald

the-team-becca-maccdonald-portfolioIntroducing Becca Macdonald: Becca is joining us as our new studio assistant.

Becca is a designer maker who has recently moved back to Saltaire after living in London. Becca’s background is in textile design: she specialised in knit at Chelsea College of Arts. While in London Becca worked in a range of design, interior and craft studios assisting and leading teams. She helped deliver projects that included furniture and surface design, immersive public experiences and architectonic textiles. She also assisted with the day-to-day operations of a pottery studio and has taught handbuilding workshops.

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Becca’s personal practice currently involves making jewellery that documents human traces and transience. She uses metal clay to produce fine silver jewellery. Her pieces record fluidity, movement, gesture, space and where hard meets soft.

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Becca’s interest in form, texture and the evidence of presence has driven experimentation with a range of materials and processes – textiles, porcelain, jesmonite, silver clay, resin. Becca’s material thirst and investigative attitude, combined with industry, educational and customer facing experience, really excites us. We’re so thrilled to welcome Becca to our team.

https://www.beccamacdonald.com/

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Clay Matters

The conversation continues… does it matter if clay is finally being embraced by the art world (see NY Times)?

I don’t think so. Ceramics is its own thing with a fascinating history (20,000 years). Clay as a medium doesn’t need to be accepted by the art world for it to be awesome. The clay/art conversation just adds to its story & reinforces its influence & importance.

Haptic-fantastic, ‘rudely analogue’ (see The Guardian) & it tells so much about our past & present.

Clay yields & Ceramics is unyielding – it can be what you want it to be & it’ll be around for a long time to come. Pots have always had presence… subtle, there but not THERE. The hierarchy of acceptance is a distraction and reinforces some bad habits/attitudes.

Image: Lucie Rie rocking it!

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Hey Clay! Cut, Configure, Construct

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Tickets Released (max. 2 per order):

Round 1 – 03/03/18 at 10:00.

Round 2 – 06/03/18 at 19:00.

Round 3 – 12/03/18 at 19:00.

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As part of the Craft Council’s Hey Clay! weekend Sunken Studio are hosting a rumbustious day of clay – a free happening for adults at The Event Space at Duke Studios, Leeds. Explore divergent approaches to using clay: build big, take risks, play!

We’re going to encourage material exploration on a large scale but with limitations – discover how to maximise your options by minimising choices. We think constraints are great – they encourage material and technical experimentation, idea generation and help exercise lateral thinking and problem-solving skills.

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We’ll introduce a range of hand-building techniques then you’ll be set a problem to solve. You might work alone or join forces to become a formidable cohort of makers, architects, builders… cut, configure, construct…

Finesse is key – how it’s made, stability and craftsmanship matter just as much as the challenge!

When the session is over the works will be dismantled and, where possible, the clay reused. We want to celebrate clay and hand-building techniques so let’s ignore some of the rules associated with firing.

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This session is led by Sunken Studio’s Director and Ceramist – Rebecca Catterall.

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

It’s standard workshop practice to wear flat, sturdy shoes with covered toes. Please protect your feet.

Rings and long fingernails can be problematic when working with clay – please consider this when booking.

Terms and Conditions

This is a free event made possible with support from Leeds Inspired and Sunken Studio.

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts events and projects throughout the year, supporting high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors. Founded in 2012, Leeds Inspired supports culture in the city through grants schemes, commissions and a ‘What’s On’ events website. Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council.

Our aims for this event are to:

  • Give people the chance to try something for free that they may want to pursue more regularly
  • Create opportunities for residents across the city to engage in cultural activity.
  • Reach new audiences.
  • Facilitate extraordinary interactions with materials – particularly clay.
  • Provide insight into the creative process.
  • Disrupt people’s preconceptions of crafts and pottery.
  • Promote our vision and values.
  • Contribute to the creative diversity of Leeds and creative profile of the city.
  • Collaborate with Duke Studios and begin to explore perceptions of craft and design.
  • Be part of a national campaign.
  • Host a workshop unencumbered by external expectations and constraints on resources.
  • Test new approaches to engaging audiences.
  • Help Sunken Studio grow, develop and become more resilient.

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Access

This event is a free and there are no material or post-production costs.

Tickets will be published on Leeds Inspired with a limitation on the number of tickets available per order.

Access to the event space is at street level.

The venue is within walking distance of Leeds city centre, it’s easily accessed by road and public transport. Duke Studios doesn’t have any dedicated parking, but there is pay and display parking on the surrounding streets (Sheaf Street, Cudbear Street, Hunslet Road).

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Join in:

Hey Clay! Cut, Configure, Construct

leeds-city-council-and-leeds-inspired-logos

Tickets Released (max. 2 per order):

Round 1 – 03/03/18 at 10:00.

Round 2 – 06/03/18 at 19:00.

Round 3 – 12/03/18 at 19:00.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

As part of the Craft Council’s Hey Clay! weekend Sunken Studio are hosting a rumbustious day of clay – a free happening for adults at The Event Space at Duke Studios, Leeds. Explore divergent approaches to using clay: build big, take risks, play!

We’re going to encourage material exploration on a large scale but with limitations – discover how to maximise your options by minimising choices. We think constraints are great – they encourage material and technical experimentation, idea generation and help exercise lateral thinking and problem-solving skills.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

We’ll introduce a range of hand-building techniques then you’ll be set a problem to solve. You might work alone or join forces to become a formidable cohort of makers, architects, builders… cut, configure, construct…

Finesse is key – how it’s made, stability and craftsmanship matter just as much as the challenge!

When the session is over the works will be dismantled and, where possible, the clay reused. We want to celebrate clay and hand-building techniques so let’s ignore some of the rules associated with firing.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

This session is led by Sunken Studio’s Director and Ceramist – Rebecca Catterall.

What you need to know

This experience is for adults (18+) only.

It’s standard workshop practice to wear flat, sturdy shoes with covered toes. Please protect your feet.

Rings and long fingernails can be problematic when working with clay – please consider this when booking.

Terms and Conditions

This is a free event made possible with support from Leeds Inspired and Sunken Studio.

Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts events and projects throughout the year, supporting high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors. Founded in 2012, Leeds Inspired supports culture in the city through grants schemes, commissions and a ‘What’s On’ events website. Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council.

Our aims for this event are to:

  • Give people the chance to try something for free that they may want to pursue more regularly
  • Create opportunities for residents across the city to engage in cultural activity.
  • Reach new audiences.
  • Facilitate extraordinary interactions with materials – particularly clay.
  • Provide insight into the creative process.
  • Disrupt people’s preconceptions of crafts and pottery.
  • Promote our vision and values.
  • Contribute to the creative diversity of Leeds and creative profile of the city.
  • Collaborate with Duke Studios and begin to explore perceptions of craft and design.
  • Be part of a national campaign.
  • Host a workshop unencumbered by external expectations and constraints on resources.
  • Test new approaches to engaging audiences.
  • Help Sunken Studio grow, develop and become more resilient.

sunken-studio-at-colours-may-vary

Access

This event is a free and there are no material or post-production costs.

Tickets will be published on Leeds Inspired with a limitation on the number of tickets available per order.

Access to the event space is at street level.

The venue is within walking distance of Leeds city centre, it’s easily accessed by road and public transport. Duke Studios doesn’t have any dedicated parking, but there is pay and display parking on the surrounding streets (Sheaf Street, Cudbear Street, Hunslet Road).

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Illustrative Slipware

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Matthew the Horse, Forward Always: Moon

I’ve finally finished a few odd jobs around the house. One of which was getting this print stretched. It’s by Matthew the Horse and last year he visited the studio to work on a few examples for our Ceramics Taster: Trail.

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