Ceramics outreach programme rolls out across Torbay as part Cockington Ceramics Festival

2nd May 2013

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Torbay Council  PR 3855    02/05/2013    [For Immediate Release]The Ceramics Festival at Cockington Court 10-11 May, which came about as a result of a presentation at the Torbay Events Forum by ceramicist Peter Stride and Cockington Centre Director Marissa Wakefield, is scheduled to be a major date on this year’s creative calendar; and in the lead up to the event, a programme of workshops bring the world of ceramics to the wider community of Torbay.

Five professional artists are working with local groups to share and teach their ceramic skills, facilitating the creation of some intriguing and breathtaking ceramic pieces. Mandy Biscoe is working with young people at the Fort Apache adventure playground in Hele to create unique ceramic bowls, inspired by the natural environment.

Sarah John is working with ROC Creative, an arts and media project providing education and vocational pathways for adults with learning disabilities. Sarah is exploring issues of identity with the group, encouraging the participants to make sculptures of themselves.

Pupils from Torre Primary School are exploring their passion for ceramic arts with renowned artist Bridget Arnold, working on issues of memory. Bridget will be working with children to create tile impressions of their memories of holidays and fun family times at the beach, using items they have collected at the sea. Karen Abadie is working with the Jatis Project to help people recovering from alcohol and drug abuse to express issues in their lives through the creation of ceramic pieces. Karen is working with the group to use clay and create plaster-cast pieces that will come together as a series of fragments shown within old picture frames.

Taja Simpson is working with elderly residents in a Sanctuary Housing supported housing scheme in Plainmoor. The participants have recently created a communal vegetable garden and will be working with Taja on creating and decorating a ceramic totem pole, focusing on issues of memory and identity. The artists are also offering a range of exciting workshops for members of the public to get involved in:

Mandy and Sarah will be hosting a cup-making workshop at the Torqeat Food and Art Festival on 4 May, while Bridget will be hosting hands-on family sessions at the Ceramics Festival at Cockington Court on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May, enabling people to make ceramic tiles they can take home.

Also at the Ceramics Festival itself, Karen Abadie's workshops will involve the making of terracotta cups, which will take part in a tea ceremony, while Taja Simpson will be helping people to make their own ceramic boats which they will be able to sail in a paddling pool.

The Cockington Court Ceramics Festival on 10 and 11 May is the culmination of a campaign to promote art and ceramics in Torbay, which was awarded funding by the Arts Council England in 2012. The festival will celebrate all aspects of clay, and visitors at the court can take part in various talks, lectures and demonstrations from leading nationally acclaimed artists. More information on the festival, including full programme listings, can be found at cockingtoncourt.org/ceramicsfestival.

Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver said: “The Ceramics Festival at Cockington Court is an event I have been looking forward to, and the outreach programme offers some exciting opportunities for a wide selection of the community to benefit from the Festival.   I am pleased that this quality event will inspire people from Torbay to engage with art and ceramics. I encourage everyone to visit the Festival to indulge in all aspects of the craft and to meet and draw inspiration from some of the best local and national ceramic artists.”

Cockington Court Craft Centre Director, Marissa Wakefield said: “We are so excited to be hosting this prestigious event for the first time at Cockington Court. We have prepared a very intriguing programme of lectures, talks and demonstrations in different aspects of clay, and we have a few surprises for our visitors on the day to leave a lasting feel-good factor about a delightful experience.”

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