Symposium preview: Shahpour Pouyan

We are pleased to announce that Shahpour Pouyan be be joining us at the symposium to talk about his ceramic practice. In this artist talk, I will briefly introduce how I adopted ceramic as my main artistic medium, from the first inspiration and starting point in art school in Brooklyn to moving to California […]

Symposium preview: Dr Abi Shapiro on Elaine Wilson

Our next preview of the Material Matters: Clay symposium is Dr Abi Shapiro, Assistant Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, who will be speaking about City & Guilds of London Art School’s own Elaine Wilson (1959-2021) in her presentation “Excavating through possibilities and permutations’: Elaine Wilson and Clay”. In an interview in 2011, Elaine Wilson said […]

Symposium preview: Dr Javier Cuadros

The first of our previews for the forthcoming Material Matters: Clay symposium is Dr Javier Cuadros from the Natural History Museum, London, with “What on Earth is clay?”. Javier is a researcher in the department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum , specialising in clay mineralogy and geochemistry. Here he gives […]

A man about clay: Oscar Wilson meets Mark Sowden

Oscar Wilson talked to Dr Mark Sowden as part of the MA Art & Material Histories MATERIAL MATTERS collaborative project Following an instinctive draw to the city and a need to understand and get to grips with my surroundings it seemed natural for my project to be immersed in the bedrock of London. After much thought, and many […]

White river, blue lagoon, green mound: Maddie Rose Hills & Robin James Sullivan in conversation about Cornwall’s china clay industry

Part of the MA Art & Material Histories MATERIAL MATTERS collaborative project In January 2021, Robin James Sullivan and Maddie Rose Hills began speaking about china clay resulting in a conversation which has continued over six months. Sullivan has lived in Cornwall, a stone’s throw from the clay districts for most of his life. He […]

Earthly Oms: a conversation through clay with Jyoti Bharwani, Ema Epps, & Jada Quaye

MA Fine Art alumni and Co-Chairs of Students Jyoti Bharwani and Ema Epps, and BA Fine Art student Jada Quaye discuss their post-pandemic collaboration: their “Earthly Oms” series. The group came together after being part of the Art School’s Equality & Diversity student group alongside their friend and peer Shelana Hodge, and […]

Daphne Wright artist talk

Postgraduate students from across the Art School enjoyed an artist talk by Daphne Wright this month, as part of the MA Art & Material Histories Material Matters unit. Daphne spoke about her art education, career, and the importance of materials in her work – particularly the politics of materials. Despite having worked in many […]