FRI 1 – SUN 3 JULY 2011
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Mid Wales, UK
The line-up for the 2011 International Ceramics Festival, the UK’s leading festival of ceramics has been announced, and passes for the weekend are now on sale.
The ICF is held every other year at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the mid-Wales coast. Since it began in 1987 the three-day event has grown and grown in size and stature.It offers teachers, students, ceramic artists, collectors, working potters and amateurs the chance to meet and study the work of distinguished, internationally known potters and ceramicists from Wales, the UK and around the world.
The Festival regularly attracts 1000 visitors from around the globe who attend lectures, watch practical demonstrations and visit special exhibitions over one hectic weekend. The international demonstrators show skills and techniques on a specially adapted stage and also have their own workspaces – enabling personal discussion about their work. The focus is both practical and inspirational – kilns are built, pots are made and fired, contacts and friendships made and renewed.
As ever, there is an amazing line-up of demonstrators for the 2011 Festival. With guest artists from the USA, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Germany, Denmark and from throughout the UK, it is truly an international event.
Just confirmed are Oh Hyang Jong from Kwangju who is one of the most highly respected Onggi potters in south Korea, known for his spectacular, large vessels; and Ponimin M. Hum from Indonesiawho produces elaborate sculptural works and incorporates elements of dance into his presentations.
Among the firing events to enjoy on the kiln sites will be Danish ceramicist Jorgen Hansen’s firingsculpture and Karin Putsch Grassi’s gorgeous glowing Chianti bottle kiln. Jorgen’s dramatic works are created as a response to the locality, and take up to three weeks to build before the firing finale when the sculpture becomes its own kiln and fires to 1200 centigrade.Italian ceramicist Karin Putsch Grassi will be building a Glass Kiln: 500 empty wine bottles positioned horizontally in rows and stuck together with sandy soil, to a height of 2.20 m. The main difficulties are how to hold the complete structure together, and not to exceed the melting point of the glass bottles. The result is stunning.
Demonstrators on the 2011 main stage - who will each also give a lecture, have their workspaces open to the public all weekend and show work in the Guest Exhibition –include Mike Eden (UK), Lowri Davies (Wales),Geoff Fuller (UK), Mark Hewitt (USA), Kate Malone (UK/France), ElkeSada (Germany), HigashidaShigemasa (Japan) and Ruthanne Tudball(UK). As additional artists join the line up their names and details will be added to the ICF website.
Two special awards are made during each Festival. Firstly, a Lifetime Achievement Award is made to recognise a ceramic artist or potter who has made a major contribution to the world of ceramics. The 2009 Award was given to American ceramicist Don Reitz, and previous winners have included Ruth Duckworth, David Leach, Frank and Janet Hamer, Janet Mansfield, Warren McKenzie, Michael Casson and Ray Finch. During the 2009 festival all delegates had an opportunity to nominate a potter for the 2011 award, the results of which will be announced at the 2011 Opening Ceremony.
The second award is the Student Award, open to a student or recent graduate (or group) and provides a fantastic opportunity to present a project or firing at the Festival, working alongside the world’s most respected artists. Last year’s winner, Serge Sanghera, a graduate of Wolverhampton University, presented a truly memorable combination of large scale wheel thrown vessels and Japanese martial arts. Previous winners’work included elements of performance and participatory events.
Passes for the Festival weekend can be booked online via thefestival website www.internationalceramicsfestival.org or by calling Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s ticket office on 01970 62 32 32. The ICF is organised by Aberystwyth Arts Centre and North and South Wales Potters.