The mark of the maker and the maker's mark
Our exhibition celebrating the obsessive, idiosyncratic nature of the studio potter has opened at Volt Gallery and Project Space 69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne and runs through until 4th July, Volt is open every Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
'The mark of the maker and the maker's mark' is an interactive exhibition, intended for visitors to collaborate on. Certain elements on display invite viewers to interfere, experiment and surreptitiously make a mark of their own. During the course of the exhibition the altered works will be fired back at our studio and returned to the gallery to add to the installation.
We'll be leading five low cost workshops during the exhibition on Sundays from 12 to 2pm looking at different ways to make your mark with clay. The workshops are limited to 8 places and can be booked through our bookings page at £10 per person for each 2 hour session.
Culture Shift & the Rough Sleepers Initiative
We will be working with Culture Shift and the Rough Sleepers Initiative on the Everyday Creativity Programme commissioned by the East Sussex Public Health Team to explore the impact of creative activities during lockdown on people’s health and wellbeing.
Everyday Creativity is seeking to understand more about how creative activity can help people cope through COVID and has commissioned new activity focused on 5 distinct groups of people and develop practice that can be shared. We will be working with the rough sleeper community in Eastbourne and Hastings.
The ceramic badges with messages of hope were made by one of the rough sleeping community during our pilot project at the Citadel night shelter in January 2020.
Our first artist in residence is Christine Binnie
Following on from her week in residence at the Towner last year in connection with her show - Art, Life and Us: Christine Binnie, Jennifer Binnie and the Towner Collection - Christine will be our first artist in residence in Studio 3.
Christine will be exploring some new ideas and taking the opportunity to throw large pieces on the specially adapted wheel that can take batts up to 1m in diameter!
We have created this space especially for ceramicists who want to explore working in new ways and for artists or designers who may not have used clay before to experiment with the material.
We set the pottery up in 2017 as a centre for shared learning and being able to host artists in residence is a fantastic opportunity for everyone at the studio to be inspired.
Volt Gallery & Project Space
The mark of the maker and the maker's mark
Eastbourne Studio Pottery will be celebrating the obsessive, idiosyncratic nature of the studio potter and explore the notion of the ‘mark of the maker’ and the ‘maker’s mark’ in an immersive exhibition at Volt Gallery & Project Space from 20th May to the 4th July 2021.
The installation will include an eclectic selection of tools and resources gathered over a lifetime of making. Rich with the patina of use, ad-hoc repurposed objects adapted to perform particular tasks, an alchemist’s stash of raw materials and clay left in its damp, unfired state – mid process.
We will be running a series of special workshops at the gallery during the course of the exhibition to explore the techniques on display and make objects to include in the exhibition.
Expanding again - here's studio 3
Although Covid restrictions have meant that all our classes, face to face workshops and taster sessions have had to be suspended it doesn't mean that we've been idle!!! This is our new studio - number 3 in the growing empire down at Makerspace on Seaside Road! This studio is especially for our artist in residence programme and the training scheme that we will be putting in place as soon as restrictions are lifted.
We've had support from South East Creatives to equip the space which includes a wonderful wheel hand-built by Patrick Lester, more news on the incredible collection of tools, materials and pottery we've acquired from Patrick in another post.
Have a look at the South East Creatives case study written about us on the Towner Gallery website here
We are delighted that Christine Binnie will be joining us in the New Year to lead a workshop that explores how she uses text to provoke ideas and tell stories in her work.
Pottery Post-Its, Note for Life
Saturday 8th May 2021
10am to 5pm - full day workshop
£70 per person
The workshop is limited to 12 places
The workshop is in response to
Art, Life and Us: Christine Binnie, Jennifer Binnie and the Towner Collection
Which runs until the 16th May 2021
The exhibition guides the visitor through a journey that reflects on and embraces our place in this changing world, exploring themes of nature, the body, meaning and the cycles of life.
Arts Council Cultural Recovery Fund
We are absolutely thrilled to hear that we have received funding thanks to the government's #CulturalRecoveryFund - we can continue to be #HereForCulture for our community of makers.
We are so excited that we can now increase the opportunities for cultural engagement in Eastbourne.
Ann comes along to our workshop with @eastbournemencap
every Friday. She has grown in confidence so much and is 100% willing to give all types of making and materials a go. Ann is a brilliantly inventive maker, a wonderful painter and a complete joy and inspiration to us all.