Throughout the weekend we will feature a number of informal sessions where some of our exhibitors demonstrate techniques of importance in their work.
The demonstrations take place right in the centre of the exhibition space and are included with your ticket – no need to book.
Ben will demonstrate throwing various shapes on the wheel and assembling these component parts into composite gestural forms.
My work is inspired by natural form and texture. I will be demonstrating hand-building techniques including slabbing and gouging out solid forms, then carving a variety of textures and surfaces.
Many years ago I saw a film by Michael Cardew at Abuja in Nigeria of the potter Ladi Kwali making a large coil pot.
She had what looked like a snake wrapped around her left arm which she was adding to the pot. It was in fact a coil of clay. After thumbing down she then proceeded to pinch the coil upwards into a thin wall 20 cms high.
I was inspired to teach myself this method of hand building which I shall demonstrate at the YCF.