I was invited to speak at the British Ceramics Biennial.
I traveled up with co-conspirator Siany-sian. We attended a round table discussion at the old Spode factory about craft and well being. I was there to talk about the recent Craftivism project I was lead artist on with young people in Birmingham with Craft Space.
It was bitter sweet to be visiting the town so famous for its rich historic past – the heart and soul of British ceramics. The Old Spode factory is brought back to life for 3 months whilst hosting the biennial, but tragically lies empty and unused the rest of the time.
After the talk we thought we better get fed and prepare for the night ahead. So we had a nap and a swim,found a pub, ate some food and went back out with our comedy glue gun. Stoke never knew what hit it.
This is what happens when you invite a Renegade Potter to come and speak about Craftitvism. Deeds not words.
I can’t believe it – I won this year’s Winston Churchill Fellowship to ‘Advance the craft of community mosaics in the UK’. If you are wondering what this award is – here is the write up from their website.
“We award Travelling Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities. Fellows receive a travel grant to cover return and internal travelling, daily living and insurance within the countries visited.”
They will be funding me to travel to Chile in Jan 2014 to visit and work alongside the incredible revolutionary ceramic artist Isidora Pas Lopez. I will then travel to Mexico to work alongside side some amazing mosaic artists there.