Craftsmanship Alone is Not Enough
17 January - 11 February 2017
Ceramics has been taught at Central Saint Martins for over 100 years. In 1919 Dora Billington instituted the first taught curriculum at the then Central School of Arts and Crafts, moving the subject on from classes in china painting and decoration to one of the most important courses in the country by 1955. Today it is one of the two remaining ceramic specialist degree courses in the country, and the only one with an emphasis on design.
Billington embraced the idea of industry in opposition to the “dilettantism” she believed her contemporaries, such as Bernard Leach, stood for. This position, uniting art and industry, has framed ceramics at Central Saint Martins ever since. Mixing together work by alumni and current staff and students, Craftsmanship Alone is Not Enough celebrated this rich history, demonstrating how the course continues its role as leader in material and design education now and onwards into the next 100 years.
The exhibition reflected the embodied practice of working with ceramics, with an active studio built in the gallery space as the setting for demonstrations and live clay firings, igniting imaginations with the possibilities of clay.
Andy Allum, Maham Anjum, Rafael Atencia, Gordon Baldwin, Barnaby Barford, Jason Boatswain, Alison Britton, Adele Brydges, Stephanie Buttle, Sarah Christie, Monika Grandvaux, Christopher Headley, Duncan Hooson, James Evans, Kathryn Hearn, Kathleen Hills, Akiko Hirai, Rob Kessler, Emma Lacey, Robin Levien, Jason Lim, Gillian Lowndes, Agalis Manessi, David Marques, Eileen Nisbet, Penny Fowler, Tony Quinn, Dai Rees, Giorgio Salani, Richard Slee, Fredrikson Stallard, Tamsin Van Essen, Grace Wilson
Lead Sponsor: Yourun International