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Firing Thoughts: exploring the relationship between ceramics and drawing

Manchester Metropolitan University
17 October 2007 09:30-16:30

A conference held on the relationship between ceramic practice and drawing.


Keynote address: Sue Halls The importance of drawing to the maker

Felicity Aylieff - Drawing and making in China
Kyra Cane -  A personal passion
Sharon Blakey  - Making Drawing
Tavs Jorgensen -  Electronic drawing
Simon Ford  - The drawings of William Staite Murray
Emmanuel Cooper  - Bernard Leach, artist & designer
Rob Kesseler  - Closely observed drawing

Conference fee:
Full Fee £45 / Reduced student/concession rate £20

Current exhibition @ Manchester Metropolitan University Library - Special Collections

Tuesday 29th May - Friday 26th October 2007

The relationship between drawing and ceramics is a relatively unexplored area of contemporary practice. Most ceramicists also work in other media in addition to clay and yet many of us remain unaware of that work and of any connections that could be made between these creative processes. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see that ‘unknown’ output and to expose more of the creative processes involved in the making of pots.

This association between the artist’s two dimensional work and their pottery is explored through four themes:

  • Drawing which parallels ceramic practice, ie work which is connected to but does not directly inform the production of ceramic
  • Drawing that is used to develop design ideas for ceramic
  • Drawing as a tool for recording aspects of ceramic process
  • New approaches to ceramic design using computer technology

Artists represented in the exhibition include:

Anna Adams, Nancy Angus, Felicity Aylieff, Sharon Blakey, Kyra Cane, John Chambers, Claire Curneen, Stephen Dixon, Helen Felcey, Susan Halls, Ewen Henderson, Tavs Jørgensen, Walter Keeler, Rob Kesseler, Bernard Leach, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Jim Malone, Alex McErlain, Eric James Mellon, Lucie Rie, James Tower, Robin Welch and Scottie Wilson.

This exhibition is a collaborative project developed between MMU’s Faculty of Art and Design and the Manchester Institute for Research in Art and Design (MIRIAD), Manchester
Metropolitan University’s Special Collections and the Peter Scott Gallery Art Collection at Lancaster University. The exhibition also features work from the Yorkshire Museum Trust (from the Bill Ismay and Dean Milner-White Collections); from the Lucie Rie and Bernard Leach Archives at the Crafts Study Centre, University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham; the Anthony Shaw Collection and from the private collections of the ceramicists themselves.

Find out more at the exhibition’s website, There is also a catalogue of the exhibition available from 7th June copies of which can be requested via

Contact Name:
Veronica Walker
Contact Telephone:
0161 247 3396
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