Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Wayward walks for the British Ceramics Biennial
For the BCB Wayward Walks, the idea was for visitors to gain an insight into the history and architecture of this amazing heritage site - and then to do something practical with clay.
The Spode factory has such a rich history, it was difficult to decide what to focus the walk on, but one thing which is really fascinating is the role that Spode played in the development of printing onto clay - so this became my focus.
The factory closed in 2008 - but with the announcement of 1.7 million to be spent on the site, turning Spode back into a creative village once more - those plants growing on the site will probably be dislodged before long.
I revisited the idea of the blue and white floral designs we had been considering, and talked about creating a new Spode ware for the day - which celebrates this pause moment and looks ahead to Spode's creative future.
At the end of the sessions (which typically lasted about an hour and a half) people left feedback about how they found the activity.
I am really interested in developing the idea of works which explore site specific weeds and plants in cities. I hope to continue with tours and workshops like this in 2016, perhaps looking for an opportunity to develop the format within a project which explores the history and future of sites through the weeds and plants growing there - leading to a permanent artwork of some kind, an intervention or a publication.