This talk will explore some of the approaches taken by studio ceramicists in the last decade, focusing on their engagement with ceramic history, questions of function, exhibition, performance, and contemporary politics.
It will demonstrate the growing strength and increasing variety of contemporary ceramics practices. The Moon by Akiko Hirai (image courtesy of artist)
Ashley Thorpe is a Reader in Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of two books on contemporary British ceramics, both published by The Crowood Press. In 2019, he won the inaugural Ceramics: Art + Perception Writing Prize, and became an advisor to the MAAK Foundation in 2022, a charity dedicated to supporting studio ceramics. His monograph on the potter Julian Stair will be published by Yale University Press in 2024.
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