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Craftsmanship Alone Is Not Enough

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17 January 2017

Ceramics has been at Central Saint Martins for a century, and it’s time to celebrate!

Opening at the Lethaby Gallery today, Craftsmanship Alone Is Not Enough marks the centenary of clay at Central Saint Martins gathering together work by alumni and staff. The list is pretty impressive (if we do say so ourselves) from Alison Britton, Gillian Lowndes and Gordon Baldwin to Fredrikson Stallard, Robin Levien and Barnaby Barford to name a few.

At a time when ceramics degree courses have been closing across the country – BA Ceramic Design is one of only two specialist ceramic degrees in the UK – it’s especially important to take the time to celebrate its longevity at Central Saint Martins. The DNA of the course takes much from Dora Billington who ran ceramics from the 30s to the 50s. In fact, the exhibition takes its title from her writing, highlighting the importance for a broad education. A glimpse at the piece on show demonstrates the possibilities of clay, from mass production to one-off sculpture and installation to animation.

Billington’s position, uniting art and industry, has framed ceramics at Central Saint Martins ever since. Mixing together work by alumni and current staff and students, we’re celebrating 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.

Tony Quinn, BA Ceramic Design Course Leader

BA Ceramic Design continues its creative relationship with Yourun International, having collaborated together last year on a project in Jingdezhen. Yourun International generously supports Craftsmanship Alone Is Not Enough, commenting: “We are always curious about creative design in the contemporary ceramic art and Central Saint Martins has a unique insight in this field. We believe this creativity will lead the forthcoming development of ceramic industry.”

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