Clay: It’s the Good Stuff

potter-marksMake your mark: Clare comes to regular sessions at the studio & is now practicing her throwing. Recently we chatted a bit about sustainability and the responsibilities we have as makers. It’s a tough one. There’s been a lot of talk about plastic recently & there’s always talk about stuff and wether we really need it – particularly on the run up to Christmas. People have formed clay for 20,000 years & a lot of what we know about our past can be learnt through these artefacts. We’re moulded & capacious, it’s moulded & giving: perhaps that’s why so many people connect with it. It records stories: cultural, social, material, social, economic etc… I know I’d rather have something that tells a story, any story. I think making and buying things that asks something of you is affirming. Producing also involves risk. Learning to let go is important. I know I’d rather have opportunities to fail & reflect on my life. There’s plenty of opportunity for that in ceramics. It’s my best friend.

Also… we’ve needed to start using stamps for ages. I’d intended to do this when I first started Sunken Studio but forgot! They’re now more important than ever. There’s a lot of work going through the kiln & these will help optimise loads.

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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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It’s not just a shelf

On the 4th August 2017 I was listening to the Last Word on BBC Radio 4. I heard a recording of Mark Wilkinson talking about furniture. He said “I want furniture that is affirmative not demanding. I don’t want to be nagged by my environment. I want to be comforted. I want it to speak to me of myself”. His candour resonated. Materials and the things we choose to live with are important and you should enjoy the things you choose to share your space and time with.

Here’s a piece of my furniture, and the things on it, that make me very happy. It’s 606 Universal Shelving designed by Dieter Rams and now manufactured and sold by Vitsoe. I spent last year saving for it & when I left my job I nearly changed my mind but… “sod it, bendy, precarious, Billy has to go!”. It’s the last sizeable, totally indulgent treat, I bought.

There have been some massive lows in the past 15 months but, although there have been some truly shitty bits, on the whole the changes have been for the best and I’m happier for it. I guess I’m mentioning this now as it’s important not to be nagged by anything… including furniture. It’s not just a bookshelf…

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