The first in a series of blogs by internationally renowned ceramicist Sandy Brown, on the lead up to her exhibition Visual Jazz.
I am in Concord Massachusetts for the opening of my exhibition Visual Jazz at the Lacoste gallery here. Yesterday I did a workshop and talk as part of the Harvard University Visiting Artists programme, demonstrating being free and fearless with clay and moving ones arms about in a loose relaxed fashion. The lively acting director of the studio told me when we met that she had been using images of my work for years in her talks to her students.
The Harvard Ceramic Studio is very interesting because of its open policy – amazingly it is open 24 hours a day for students, many of whom are studying on other university courses here, or are employees of Harvard University, or have regular jobs. They have great need of the late night opportunities provided.
It is remarkable in the breadth of its intake; participants in my workshop here ranged from some internationally known ceramic artists to one woman who said it was her first day in the studio. As several of the top ceramic degree courses in the UK are being shut down this model offers ideas for a possible way forward. It is largely self-funding in spite of its connection and support it receives from the University. This gives it an independence and strength.
There are many Ceramic studios in the USA that offer residencies and workshops and I have been invited to do more here in the future, which is very tempting.
Sandy Brown is an internationally renowned ceramicist who lives and works in North Devon. She is the Art Advisor at Resurgence magazine.
Find out more about Sandy Brown: http://www.sandybrownarts.com/sandybrownarts.htm
Visual Jazz exhibition takes place at Lacoste Gallery from 16 July to 3 August 2011