Material Matters foyer: Clay

The Materials Foyer is a carefully-curated reference library in the heart of the Art School where students can learn more about what materials mean to conservators, carvers and artists. Its purpose is to draw attention to materials, create dialogue and acknowledge the breadth of processes used across our Historic Carving, Conservation and Fine Art departments. […]

Clay symposium: further resources

We were so pleased to have welcomed more than 100 UK and international delegates to the Material Matters: Clay symposium earlier this month, and have received some wonderful feedback about our speakers: “A really interesting mix of practical and theory.” “I came to the day with a practice already strongly linked to process and materiality, […]

London Clay: an architectural walking tour

To mark the launch of this year’s clay symposium, we have commissioned Art Histories Lecturer Dr Michael Paraskos to design a self-guided walking tour, starting at the Art School in Kennington, and taking in both notable and hidden examples of clay in architectural history. Taking the historic collaboration between City & Guilds of London Art […]

Symposium preview: Tony Minter and Emma Simpson

We are pleased to announce that Emma Simpson and Tony Minter are joining the symposium programme, with their presentation “Matching and making: Brick selection for conservation repairs” Heritage bricklayer and brick conservator Emma Simpson (Simpson Brickwork Conservation Ltd.) and Tony Minter of Bulmer Brick & Tile Company will discuss their work together on over the […]

Symposium preview: Maiko Tsutsumi

The next speaker to be added to the symposium programme is artist, writer, and curator Maiko Tsutsumi, with her presentation, “We do not work alone: Unfolding the quality of experience through a hybrid practice” Maiko Tsutsumi’s practice has evolved over the last thirty years working in Japan and the UK, beginning with a study […]

Symposium preview: Darren Ellis and Professor Roger Kneebone

Joining the symposium programme, we have studio potter Darren Ellis, and Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science Roger Kneebone in conversation. In this session Professor Roger Kneebone will talk with potter Darren Ellis about clay, working with materials, the tools of the trade, and the kind of embodied knowledge that can only be […]

Symposium preview: Eva Masterman

We are really pleased to have artist, educator, and former City & Guilds of London Art School casting technician Eva Masterman joining the Clay symposium programme to talk about her PhD research and new podcast series Clay Commons. Eva Masterman is an artist, podcaster and researcher, currently at Newcastle University and at the beginning […]

Symposium preview: Clare Twomey

Our next preview of the Clay symposium comes from British artist Clare Twomey who will be discussing her installation, Monument in her presentation: “Making material: Processes and practice of a monumental work”. In Monument, broken tiles, plates, cups, jugs, mugs and other ceramic shards possessing ghostly traces of everyday domestic life are stacked on […]

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 […]