Call for Information

‘Mark of the Hand’
Date of exhibition: 26 July – 6 September 2009
(Preview – 25 July 2009, 6-9pm)

Did you study or teach Ceramics at Redruth Art School or Cornwall Technical College in the 60’s, 70’s,80’s or 90’s?

Ceramicist Linda Styles has embarked on an exciting project which reflects upon the history and celebrates the tradition of specialist vocational study of Ceramics in Cornwall, highlighting the need for continued support, fresh input and future growth of ‘the Ceramics Department’ at Cornwall College.

The project will culminate in a show whose focal point will be promoting the uniqueness of ‘clay’, inclusive of a fascinating showcase of loaned mid 20th century ceramics, featured established contemporary craftsmen and women, documented first hand memories and reflections from as early as the late 60’s (at Redruth Art School), which will be presented alongside current ceramics made by students and staff that have been connected to the long running HND which is due to finish in June 09. An FdA in Contemporary Ceramics (written by Wendy Wilbraham), has recently been validated to replace the HND in 2009.

This celebratory show is already incredibly well supported by all sectors of the ceramic industry, with particular thanks to Rod Shaw-Sands and members of Cornwall Crafts Association who have kindly given the gallery space at Trelowarren to commemorate the rich and vivid history of (HE) Ceramics education in Cornwall, a history that is intrinsicly linked to the inception of The Cornwall Crafts Association.

Linda is looking for subjective recollections, factual reference, images and examples of work and thoughts connected to the ‘studio pottery’ tradition, backlash transitionary ‘fine art principled’ freeform ceramics and evolvement of modernist design principles that have led us to where we stand today.

If you, or someone you know have any recollections etc, please contact – Linda Styles

The research will culminate in a retrospective/contemporary Exhibition of ‘The Ceramics Department’ and accompanying archive material (working title) ‘Mark of the Hand’ to be held at Cornwall Crafts Association, Trelowarren Gallery

Confirmed Exhibitor’s ( more will be added to the list between now and July)
Jenny Beavan
Andrew Bird
Gilly Bonsall
Edward Bradley
Sally Bradley (Wilcox)
Jill Bray
Sandy Brown
Bea Duxbury
Nic Harrison
Barbara Hill
Julie Murdoch-George
Stephanie Pace
Mary Rich
Rebecca Sims
Frances Spice
Linda Styles
Simon Thompson
Sue Thompson
Diane Winterman
*Selected student work

Loaned Archive Ceramics
Jenny Beavan
Harry and May Davis
Bea Duxbury
Nic Harrison
Barbara Hill
Janet Leach
William Marshall
Denis Mitchell

*Commemorative charger made by Ceramics students in 1981 for Kenneth Farnell, (in the Leach tradition) and accompanying photographic documentation of Cornwall College 1960 – 1981.
*Coffee set in the style of William Marshall made by students in 1981.

Marjorie Hall
John Crowther OBE
Barbara Hill
Maxine Pearls (Crowan pottery)
Jenny Beavan
CCA Fellowship
Margaret Way
Cornwall College
Tony and Audrey Farnell
Nic Harrison
Rod Shaw-Sands
Simon Thompson
Phil Oliver

Press releases
*Call for Information published in Nov/Dec edition of ceramic Review
* Two page feature article in Western Morning News on ‘Mark of the Hand’ already published in 2008.
* Inside Cornwall magazine feature article (Jenny Leighton, August 09) for launch of exhibition.

Sponsership for Project
Fosters Pottery
Cornwall College

11 years ago

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