British Ceramics Biennial 2019: Residency and Installation

Part One: Mapping
Can digital technology, so often associated with developing online networks, actually help to facilitate more meaningful connections to others if combined with making in clay?
Working with a 3d clay printer*, staff and visitors will be documented in silhouette, pairing them up and creating digital objects which combine both profiles and recording first names. The process encourages a curiosity and a finding of another who we may otherwise not have met. Individuals within the mass are documented and made physical, materialising the digital, demonstrating the networks that can be built through making and highlighting the valuable others in the objects we encounter.

Part Two: Combination
The community of practice connected to 3D print in clay is generous with shared knowledge – largely open source this leads to incredibly interesting work and objects – but can we acknowledge the others that are present in the resulting objects?
An experimental residency at Spode begins to interrogate through practice, issues of authorship, collective learning and collaboration. Responding to material, mould, people and context – developing a network of objects that begin to acknowledge the valuable (sometimes unseen) others ​in the work we do.
Digital objects contributed from the 3D print in clay community create a palette of forms to be adapted and combined before printing in moulds from the collection at Spode, made by highly skilled craftsmen and selected by young people from the YMCA in Stoke-On-Trent. In combining these multiple forms, moulds and selections, multi authored objects will result. The list of authors of each object (and the project) grows by iteration.

Thank you to all the contributors** to the project as without you, this would have been impossible.

Thank you to: Henrik, Rhiannon, Evelin, Flemming, Ragna, Mette, Priska, Urmas, Lauri, Babette, Geoff, Rudi, Annie, Duggie, Tom, Barney, Natasha, Alan, Natalie, Chris, Linda, Corin, Peter, Pete, Sandy, Teresa, Ian, Sarah, Jenny, Gaby, Jo, Rich, Helen, Joe, Matt, Su, Stuart, Katia, Robin, Jan, Rob, Kris, Andrew, Alex, Anton, Beate, Carolina, Geiko, Julian, Lotte, Nazeneen, Oxana, Vitile, Jonathan, AnneMarie, Julia, Julie, Olivia, Rachel, Rebecca, Keeley, Dom, Eleanor, Eliot, Tracy, Nikki, Duncan, Josiah, Ingrid, Duncan – with more to come as the project progresses during the British Ceramics Biennal and the Ceramics Communities symposium at Cardiff School of Art.

Dates for events during BCB:

Residency period: Monday 2nd September to Saturday 7th September

Sunday 15th September, World of Wedgwood, 11-4

Saturday 21st September, Spode, 11-4

Sunday 29th September, Middleport Pottery, 11-4

Saturday 6th October, Potteries Museum, 11-4

Sunday 13th October, Spode, 11-4


*This printer was built by Rudi Morris, Annie Crowe and Duggie Reid at Manchester School of Art, and developed from Jonathan Keeps’ open source plans with detailed advice from Lauri Kilusk and Madis Kaasik of Estonian Academy of Art. Anyone interested can be sent our open source plans to enable building new printers.

**As a way of recording all contributors on an equal basis, first names are only used.

Image credits: Jenny Harper