Granby Workshop / Assemble
In 2015 I collaborated with Assemble on their Granby Four Streets project. Granby Workshop was established as a part of the community-led efforts to rebuild Granby, a neighbourhood in Liverpool that was nearly made derelict due to many years of unsuccessful regeneration attempts. The workshop’s original purpose was to create objects to furnish 10 houses on Cairns Street. Assemble approached me to design a ceramic lampshade for the houses. I designed a hand pressed three-tone terracotta lampshade. I made two plaster moulds, some prototypes and headed off to Liverpool to teach employees of Granby Workshop how to produce the lampshades. The prototypes and moulds were exhibited in Assemble’s Turner Prize winning exhibition. The workshops have since developed into a manufacturer of architectural ceramics. Click HERE to learn more about the making process behind the stained and pressed terracotta lampshades.
Royal Academy of Arts
I have been leading workshops at the Royal Academy of Arts since 2016, focussing on their DemonstRAte & Create programme. In these monthly workshops, I demonstrate an artistic technique relating to an object in the RA’s permanent Collection or to a specific historical architectural feature of the building. This is followed by a short creative session, supported by volunteers, in which participants can create their own work inspired by the technique. Last year I also led a number of workshops for primary and secondary school teachers. This year my role at the RA in expanding, to include the delivery of workshops to school groups, making connections between the collections, drawing and sculpture.
In 2017 I worked as an artist educator at the Whitechapel gallery on a project responding to Assemble’s Children’s Commission. I worked with 60 KS2 students from a local primary school over 10 sessions. Using the exhibition as a starting point, the physical activities and discussions centred around the materiality of clay, manufacturing processes, bricks as an engineering tool, the significance of architecture and design in the local area and how these thoughts related to the history and heritage of their neighbourhood. Other activities included a ‘drawing tour’ of the local area, where we walked around the neighbourhood and ‘collected’ buildings by making drawings of them, whilst learning about the architectural and social significance of these places. The children shared their own stories of the area, which spurred them on enthusiastically with their drawings.
Camden Arts Centre
I have been teaching at Camden Arts since 2014. I currently run a weekly class Ceramics: Extended Practice for adults in their wonderful Ceramics Studio. I enjoy seeing how the students progress from week to week, and I aim for my sessions to provide not only technical inspiration but also allow people to make connections between their work and the wider world of art, design and personal experience. In addition to these classes, I also lead one-off schools sessions and courses for children. Camden have a brilliantly designed educational programme with something for all ages and levels of experience. To find out more about their courses, click HERE.
Mendip Community Garden
This project celebrated a wildlife garden in the centre of a 1950s estate in Essex. The project also made links to local heritage, particularly during the period of austerity after WWII. I led workshops with two KS2 classes from a local primary school, and further workshops with teenagers at a Epic Quest - a centre for children who had dropped out of the mainstream educational system. I was also commissioned to design an artwork for the garden itself. I wanted the artwork to be interactive, and so I made an archway covered in patterned stained ceramics. The primary school students had a direct influence on the pattern design used for the archway, by creating abstracted shapes in drawing activities inspired by the local area. This project was in collaboration with Metal Culture, Cultiv8UK and my talented friend Claire Harrup.