All talks take place in the lecture theatre at Central Saint Martins, within the main event.


My Cup of Tea: Identity and My Work
Grayson Perry

Since winning the Turner Prize in 2003 Grayson Perry has entered the national consciousness, both as an artist and as a thinker and commentator on society. His work has moved on from the autobiographical to consider wider questions of identity and behaviour. He has also written four books, written and presented television series and in 2013 delivered the BBC’s Reith Lectures.

Initially desiring to be an army officer, Grayson studied art at Portsmouth Polytechnic. He describes his craft technique then as “abysmal”, improved later on through evening classes.


Where do you draw the line?’: organising the maverick
Professor Simon Olding 

The Craftsmen Potters Association formally founded 60 years ago grew out of a very pragmatic discourse: in 1956 ‘a group of potters, anxious about Purchase Tax, met to discuss ways of exporting their work under licence’ (Tanya Harrod, 1999). The shop was subsequently opened off Carnaby Street in 1960. This lecture considers the egalitarian, purposeful programme of one of craft’s major collective organisations.

Simon is Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Professor of Contemporary Crafts, UCA Farnham


Creating the Field: Oxford Anagama Kilns – a site to explore contemporary ‘traditional’ ceramics
Dr Robin Wilson 

Oxford University’s Anagama Project is located in the University’s SSSI research woodlands at Wytham. The three woodfired kilns are intended as a teaching and learning resource not just for potters, but also as a fieldwork site for a multidisciplinary team which includes participants from the fine arts, ceramics, archaeology and anthropology as well as a number of commercial operators and potteries.

Robin is a researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oxford


Community engagement in the BA Ceramic Design Curriculum: The Client Project 2017 What Can Ceramics Do?
Emma Lacey 

2nd year students on BA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins work on a professional brief which is run in collaboration with external organisations who act as client. Often they are commercial enterprises, but 2017 was a little different: working with charities and social enterprises students explored ceramics’ possibility for social impact. Emma Lacey with contributions from BA Ceramic Design students, presents the outcomes.

Emma is Stage 2 Leader, BA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins and a ceramicist producing work mainly from her studio in North London but also in small factories in Stoke on Trent


Sowing Colour: making a porcelain commission for Chatsworth House
Natasha Daintry 

Sowing Colour is a site-specific commissioned installation for Chatsworth House. Inspired by plant growth, the Fibonacci sequence gave Natasha a dynamic structure to express movement through fired static pots. Tiny coloured pots at the top grow to near 1m in height at the base of the piece embodying Fibonacci’s mathematical sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 13), both in the dimensions of the pots and the height of the space they inhabit.

Natasha studied Japanese at Cambridge and Ceramics at both the Surrey Institute of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art. Since 1995 Natasha has run her own company designing for industry as well as creating her own ceramic works of art


Public Acts: ceramics as performance art
Keith Harrison 

Keith Harrison has established an interdisciplinary collaborative practice involved with the transformation of materials, to unpredictable effect, in a series of process-based, public experiments which attempt to permanently change the properties of materials, or our perception of them. Harrison’s work is permeated with an awareness of social issues: the relation with audience, the value of artefacts, references to popular music and social housing. Recent projects including the launch of a clay replica of the last Rover 75 from a 10m wooden ramp, creating sculptures for skateboarders to use, and submitting ceramics to the grindcore onslaught of Napalm Death.

Keith is a practising artist working with ceramics based in Plymouth. He discovered clay studying BA Industrial Design at Cardiff and completed an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the RCA in 2002.


Material Performance
Phoebe Cummings 

Phoebe Cummings reflects on her work with unfired clay to produce delicate floral temporary sculptures and installations, considering how historic ceramics and design both inform and provide a point of friction within her practice. How does such work operate in relation to performance and the expected duration of objects? This talk examines what contemporary ceramic practice might encompass and its evolving relationship to the studio and museum.

Phoebe is Research Associate at the Ceramics Research Centre UK University of Westminster. She studied Three-Dimensional Crafts at the University of Brighton, MA Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art and was the winner of the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017


A familiar Archetype: The Brown Betty teapot
Ian McIntyre 

Ian will discuss the development process involved in re-engineering the iconic Brown Betty teapot to develop a special edition for the oldest remaining manufacturer in Staffordshire. Pioneering a model of artist into industry Ian McIntyre has collaborated with Cauldon Ceramics to lift this overlooked icon into the 21st century. McIntyre examines the history of this unassuming item, designed and refined through a process of making which spans 300 years . Once made in millions, it is still produced in Stoke from the original Etruria Marl red clay, the bedrock of the city, and coated with the instantly recognisable Rockingham glaze.

Ian is a founding member of Studio Manifold in East London. He teaches at Kingston University and currently holds a Collaborative Doctoral Award with Manchester School of Art, York Art Gallery and the British Ceramics Biennial.


Home from Home: International ceramicists working in Britain; Film screening followed by discussion
Christine Lalumia, Kookie Bendavid & Ashraf Hanna 

Home from Home documents prominent makers from elsewhere who now call the UK home. The screening of the Home from Home will be followed by a lively and thought-provoking panel discussion, which will invite questions and participation from the audience. Christine Lalumia will be joined by ceramists Kochevet Bendavid, who co-curated the project, and Ashraf Hanna. They will enlarge on ideas and issues raised in the film, reflecting on the influences of their country of origin on their work, what they have each incorporated into their work from their British surroundings, and how the dynamics of these cross-cultural encounters are expressed in their work.

Christine is Executive Director of Contemporary Applied Arts


Talking Tiles
Matthew Raw 

For the last four years artist Matthew Raw has explored the sculptural potential of ceramic tiles. He is attracted to their simplicity, ability to communicate and the gridded systems, which allow a variety of scales to be used. By making the tiles himself he can manipulate their form and finish from the outset and allow the movement of the material to play a part in the story of the piece. In December 2017 Matthew launched Clay Station, a collaboration with architectural collective Assemble for a commission by Art on the Underground redecorating the entrance of Seven Sisters tube station. Matthew will talk about this project in depth, expanding on skill sets, process, community and history.

Matthew is based in London and is a founding member of Studio Manifold. Exhibitions, residencies, collaborations and workshops all play important roles in his personable, varied practice


Clay ‘Works’? A discussion about the material’s ability to promote wellbeing and activate social change
Dena Bagi, Helen Felcey 

Ceramics is increasingly being chosen as an activity with something to contribute to a busy and digitised life. Helen and Dena will present case studies from the pair, reflecting on projects and research within health and community settings, leading into a discussion of clay’s ‘transformational’ nature, and its ability to help individuals consider and activate personal or collective change.

Dena is the Community Programme Manager, British Ceramics Biennial and Associate Lecturer, Manchester School of Art. Helen is a ceramics based artist and Associate Lecturer at Manchester School of Art and Liverpool Hope University


Clay, the Universe and Everything!
Keith Brymer Jones 

The renowned ceramist and judge on BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down tells all: his relationship with clay from age 11, his pottery career and other potters that inspired him. He will explain his connection and personal relationship with ceramic production in China, the correlation between the craft and industrial elements of ceramics, and, of course, his involvement with The Great Pottery Throw Down, leading to his ongoing project to restore production in Stoke on the back of the programme.

Keith Brymer Jones is a British potter and ceramic designer who has hand-made for retailers including Conran Group, Habitat, Barneys New York, Monsoon, Laura Ashley and Heal’s. Known for his Word Range of homeware, he is Head of Design for MAKE International.