A brilliant start to the New Year!
In February I will be taking part in an exhibition called "Made with Love" at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/made-with-love-2017 . From the marketing promotion by Craft Centre Ceramics Monthly Magazine, published in America wanted to feature photographs of my work and that of Megan Downs in their Exposure section. Here is the link to the article; ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramics-monthly/article/exposure-january-2017/
A brilliant start to the New Year!
"Originally published in January 2017 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages (insert page #s). http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission."
January to March 2017
Rhydymwyn Valley Nature Reserve
Nant Alyn Road, Rhydymwyn, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 5HQ
Working under the guidance of ceramics artist Kirsti Hannah Brown, you will be shown how to use hand-building techniques in order to make functional and decorative items for your home or as gifts.
These workshops are suitable both for beginners and for those with some experience of working with clay. As each one has a different focus, they can be booked singly – or book a place on all three and receive a £15 discount!
Thursday 19th January – Pinch and coil pots
Thursday 16th February – Textured slab vessels
Thursday 16th March – Sculpted natural forms
Each workshop runs from 9:30am to 2pm
Individual workshops: £55 (£20 deposit) each, per person.
Booking for all three: £150 (£60 deposit) per person.
Prices include all materials and firings. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided.
Work will be available for collection 2 to 4 weeks after completion.
Postage can also be arranged, costed separately.
To book a place please contact Kirsti at; www.kirstibrownceramics.co.uk/contact.html
During September and October I worked with Kirkby Gallery again delivering workshops to local key stage 2 school children. The exhibition was "Drawn from Life" and there were drawings of the figure from the British Council Collection including works by Henry More and Howard Hodgkin.
Over seven afternoons I traveled up to Kirkby with my box of clay, tools, aprons and slip and worked with some fantastic school groups. The children were enthusiastic, excited and created some fabulous figures full of character and life. I brought home more than 130 little figures in total to fire in my kiln.
The last of these are currently having their final glaze firing and I will be packing them up to return to the gallery for distribution back to the school children.
My first ever Helfa Gelf is over and it was a great chance to meet people, engage with the arts in a new way and sort my studio space out. The Mad Hatter popped in for cake, decorations found a new home on a friends harp and I even got to make a few pots. The weather was fabulous too.
My little turquoise studio will be open for visitors on 10th and 11th September and again on the 24th and 25th September 11am until 5pm. There will be cake and refreshments, a taster activity for a modest fee to cover firing and glazing, information about classes and workshops. A few pots and a little welsh speaker....wela i ti yn Medi!
helfagelf.co.uk/artists/kirsti-brown for all the details.
An article in the August edition about my work, influences and working space!
Earlier this year I wrote a blog post for Folksy on attending a craft fair. Here is the link to that article;
These were the first group of pots made with year 3 children in Kirkby. The workshops are being delivered in conjunction with the exhibition 'Crafted' running from 31st May to 24th September in Kirkby and Hayton Galleries. I am showing my work along side other makers and a selection of work from the Crafts Council Collection.
The work of two afternoons, using a white stoneware and a red stoneware clay. The participants made slab built vases or candle holders the following session using pinch methods we had a woodland theme!