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 […]

Coming soon: Clay symposium 2021

We are pleased to announce that our second Material Matters symposium will take place online on 9 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. Morning session, chaired by Tom Groves, Head of Art Histories […]