Bideford & Barnstaple
16th to 22nd September 2013
International Pottery Symposium ** CLOSING DATE FOR BOOKINGS 16/09/13 **
Bideford Arts Centre & Burton Art Gallery and Museum
Saturday 21st September 2013
9am to 5pm
A day of talks by 5 speakers from the West Country and Overseas complemented by
a handling session of early Devon and Somerset slipwares
Venues: Bideford ACL, The Arts Centre, The Quay, Bideford, EX39 2EY (main talks); Burton Art Gallery, Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QQ (handling session)
Entry: Strictly by advance day ticket only, covering events at both venues.
Cost: £75. Please note only 20 paid delegate places available. Charge includes a quality buffet lunch plus tea/coffee.
Speakers/presenters (in alphabetical order) and topics:
John Allan [Archaeologist]: The post medieval archaeology of the North Devon Potteries (talk)
David Dawson [Archaeologist]: An introduction to post medieval West Country slipware (handling session)
John Edgeler [Proprietor, Cotswolds Living Publications]: Later North Devon and Studio Pottery sgraffito slipwares and their firing (talk)
Niek Hoogland [Slipware potter, Tegelen, Netherlands]: Low Countries slipware, its influences and development from post medieval times to the present day (talk)
Oliver Kent [Lecturer, Bristol School of Art]: The Bickley Ceramics Project: a 17th century kiln reconstruction (talk)
Merry Outlaw [Curator of collections, Jamestown Rediscovery, Virginia]: Plain and Fancy: North Devon Pottery in Colonial America (talk)
Provisional running order (all timings approximate):
9am Commencement and welcome (John Edgeler), followed by John Allan (talk)
10am Niek Hoogland (talk)
11am Coffee and private handling session with David Dawson (Burton Art Gallery education room)
1pm Buffet lunch (Bideford Arts Centre)
2pm Merry Outlaw (talk)
3pm Oliver Kent (talk)
4pm John Edgeler (talk)
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The Story behind the building of a new wood fired kiln at Petroc
17th & 18th September 2013
The site chosen by the Festival organisers for the building of the first new wood fired in Barnstaple in over 100 years – at Brannams campus on the Roundswell industrial estate – has close connections with the pottery industry of North Devon as it was the site of the firm CH Brannam & co who were makers of slipware in the town for more than 100 years and significant local employers. The site is now occupied by Petroc, our co-funders of this project.
Slipware pottery made by Brannam’s continued to be fired in a traditional bottle kiln until the 1980s, although we are taking the opportunity to bring the tradition up to date through commissioning the leading kiln builder of his generation, Joe Finch, to lead a workshop of potters and enthusiasts to construct a contemporary design of kiln using modern materials. Joe’s father Ray Finch, a leading figure of the Studio Pottery movement, worked for 70 years at Winchcombe, set up in the 1920s by Michael Cardew, and continued in operation to this day by the Finch family.
After the build is complete, the intention is to fire the kiln with recycled pallet wood obtained from local firms, and in another nod to pot history, Joe is making a small range of contemporary slipware pots for the first firing, some with simple combed decoration. It was the similarly decorated pudding basins and other wares made at the Fishley Pottery in Fremington in the 19th century that first inspired Cardew to produce a range of standard forms.
Assuming a successful firing, the pots will then be sold at a Pot and Produce event being held at Bideford Pannier Market on Friday 20th September. This is also the day of the wood firing of a smaller version of the old Brannam’s bottle kiln in Victoria Park, Bideford, constructed as a Millennium project to a Clive Bowen design – himself a follower of the slipwares of Michael Cardew and lover of the same North Devon pottery and forms that inspired them both to make. Joe will also be providing a throwing masterclass at Bideford Arts Centre as part of the Festival.
PETROC KILN BUILDING WORKSHOP
Brannams Campus, Roundswell Industrial Estate, Barnstaple, EX31 3NJ
~ A two day wood fired kiln building workshop
~ led by the nationally known Joe Finch
~ A hands on opportunity to learn kiln building skills
~ A few paid places still available at £120
For details and information:
RING: 01271 345 291
Slipware pottery for the Bideford Kiln firing at the Kiln in the Park by Hannah McAndrew.
Hannah says: The three with white bands at the top are for some sgraffito. I have some jugs too but they are yet to be handled.
Come and see these in the cornucopia of pots at the Pottery Festival in Bideford North Devon 16th to 22nd Septemeber 2013. Full calender available on this blog.
Thursday 19 September at 19.00
Will be at the contemporary arts gallery in Barnstaple
Working in Virginia (USA) Michelle’s practice is rooted in the historic traditions of pottery making. Her work is narrative in nature, creating contemporary pieces that deal with the human experience through a framework of social, political and environmental issues. During 2012 Michelle undertook a residency at the V&A, London. Michelle will give a presentation as part of the North Devon Pottery Festival which runs from 16 to 22 September.