‘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 Tech 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)
Sally Bradley (Wilcox)
*Selected student work
Loaned Archive Ceramics
Harry and May Davis
*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.
John Crowther OBE
Maxine Pearls (Crowan pottery)
Tony and Audrey Farnell
*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