Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan
22 January - 30 MARCH 2019
I am excited to share the news that I will be undertaking a 10-week residency at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan early 2019. This will be my first time in Japan and I am busy learning as much Japanese as I can before I leave. As many of you may know Shigaraki is one of the six ancient kiln sites of Japan and is known for rich local deposits of clay, that have warm orange flashing characteristics when wood fired. Shigaraki is located in the countryside in Koka District, Shiga Prefecture on the island of Honshu.
My project will involve creating large scale sculptural works using experimental ceramic-glass hybrid materials. I will be exploring concepts of energy, force and time, referencing earth’s forms and physical landscapes through the transformative and fluid potential of these materials. This residency will enable me to create work I have not been in a position to create before. Large scale kilns, technical expertise, support and feedback will be at hand. The S.C.C.P is a world-class centre for the development of ceramics, offering an exceptional environment for focused working and exchange of stimulating ideas and experiences with Artists from around the world.
I look forward to sharing my experiences.
BAER ART CENTER, Northern Iceland
1 MONTH RESIDENCY
My one month residency at Baer Art Center in Iceland’s Summer was an experience like no other. Located up in the isolated north of the country, five Artists were selected for this unique residency - two photographers, two painters and one ceramicist - that was me :) With the sun barely dropping below the horizon we were in daylight 24 hours a day, with midnight walks and wanderings common. Baer is located between a mountain range and a fjord on a horse farm. The isolation, quietness, and vast space was a perfect setting for exploring new ideas and older ideas that seem to hang around. My starting point in this residency was to use the landscape and the elements within it to sift through ways of combining disparate elements within the one object. I was able to order in three clay bodies from mainland Europe to explore these ideas. Without a focus on a finished object I was free to see where one idea led to another. Documentation of these results was a crucial part of the project.
Since 2015 residencies at Baer have changed format. Baer Art Center now offers shorter residencies and workshops. If you get the opportunity to apply/undertake any sort of project at Baer, grab it.
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