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 […]

Coming soon: Clay symposium 2021

We are pleased to announce that our second Material Matters symposium will take place online in October 2021, with support from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. This year’s programme will feature artists, craftspeople, art historians and other experts concerned with clay. A full list of speakers will be released here and […]

Roberta de Caro: The matter of materials in Zhanna Kadyrova’s installation ‘Second Hand, Venice Biennale, 2019’

Postgraduate student Roberta De Caro has researched the work of contemporary artist Zhanna Kadyrova through the lens of materiality, applying the investigative methods developed during the MA Art & Material Histories course. The resulting work is an essay titled ‘The matter of materials in Zhanna Kadyrova’s installation Second Hand, Venice Biennale, 2019′.  De Caro examines Kadyrova’s work, […]

Clay in the Art School, 1881

To celebrate this year’s International Archives Week (8-14 June 2020), we are showcasing some archive material relating to our current material of choice: clay. Some recent digging in the Art School’s archives, held at London Metropolitan Archives as part of the City & Guilds of London Institute collection, uncovered some historic programmes dating back to […]

Lockdown Clay Project

MA Art & Material Histories student Ellie Arden presents her work from the Material Matters unit of the course: the Lockdown Clay Project, with collaboration as a crucial aspect of the project brief. Visit @thelockdownclayproject on Instagram for more insight into the themes of each week and photographs of the sessions.  “The thing is,” Josh said […]