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Ceramic Art London 2016 to be hosted at CSM

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Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
16 March 2016

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It’s just been announced that Ceramic Art London – the leading international fair for contemporary ceramics – has chosen Central Saint Martins for its 2016 venue.

The move of this key ceramics event is another chapter in the hundred year history of ceramics at the College. Presented by The Craft Potters Association in partnership with Ceramic Review, Ceramic Art London, now in its 12th year, will take place from 8 – 10 April 2016.

CAL will provide a platform for 88 emerging and established ceramicists from across the world to present and sell their latest work. The 2016 edition will see internationally recognised ceramic artists exhibit alongside dynamic, up-and-coming makers from across the globe. Four Central Saint Martins alumni – Agalis Manessi, Kathryn Hearn, Akiko Hirai and Charlotte Pack, whose work collectively spans forty years of making, will be exhibiting in the show, which will spread throughout The Street.

Anthony Quinn, Course Leader for BA Ceramic Design, welcomes the event’s move to 1 Granary:

“It’s fantastic that CAL has come to Central Saint Martins. This is a great opportunity to strengthen the course’s position as a centre of excellence for ceramics. The association with one of the largest Ceramic events in the country is important in advocating the sheer breadth of practice and quality of making across the subject.

Artists will showcase items ranging from functional everyday homeware, to figurative sculpture, with work being rigorously selected by an independent committee. Exhibited works will encompass the full range of ceramic-making techniques, from traditional methods to more contemporary processes. There will also be a special exhibition offering an additional platform for rising stars to present their latest work. Titled ‘Lost and Found’, it will showcase work from current BA Ceramic Design students.

Additionally, a lively programme of free events will be staged on each day of the fair, curated by Professor Rob Kesseler and Duncan Hooson from BA Ceramic Design. The renowned series, titled CLAYTALKS@CAL, will comprise talks, demonstrations, film screenings, debates and panel discussions with an insight into current issues, working practices and techniques involved in the creation of ceramic art.

This edition of the event follows a period of rising interest in ceramics, following the success of The Great British Pottery Throw Down on the BBC in 2015, briefly starring Duncan Hooson, who spoke to us about his experiences on the show last year.

Peter Beard, Chair of the Ceramic Art London Organising Committee, said:

“The rise in popularity of ceramics over the past year has been perceptible across the mainstream media as much as in public and commercial contemporary art spheres, and we’re hoping this will encourage an even more diverse audience to experience the fair this year.”

Take a look at some of Agalis Manessi’s work, which will be on display during the event, in the gallery below.

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