Clay workshop © Philip Ringland


Study Day: Research and Material Investigation. 

Artists from the University of Gloucestershire will be joining us to share their artistic skills with you during their exhibition Material Thinking.

This is an unique opportunity to work with a practising artist and learn more about their work. You will have the chance to create artwork that shows you new techniques to use to build your art portfolio.

In this full day session you will hear from artist, Philip Ringland about his work 'Potato - The Matter of Life and Death' and then in the afternoon you will create collaboratively with clay a city/landscape which will then be fired off site.

Morning artists talk - Philip with discuss his research project titled 'Potato - The Matter of Life and Death'. This was his final year practice based research project through which he investigated the history and cultural legacy of the potato, using it as both object and subject for material investigation. The talk will introduce you to the concept of practice based research and the effect that such research can have on a wider practice.

Afternoon workshop - Philip will introduce the workshop to create, as a group, component parts of a city/landscape, from terracotta. We will then discuss and create, through cutting, forming and bonding a variety of architectural component parts which, once fired in a kiln, will form a single collaborative piece of work.

Price includes both sessions on the day and all materials are provided.

Lunch is not provided as part of the cost. We have a cafe on site or as we are situated in the Town Centre there are plenty of other options, but lunch will not be supervised.

This workshop is subsidised by The University of Gloucestershire to keep the selling price low.

For 15-18 years.  Please note that the artist is only able to work with young people of this age group.