26th November 2015
British Ceramics Biennial
Yr10 Artists are participating in a project with BCB, the British Ceramics Biennial.
The project is on the lost boys of WW1, those troops who were under the age of 18.
Students initially visited the Ceramics Biennial on 20th November, where they participated in two ceramic workshops, making Willow Pattern tags and Bone China Forget Me Nots. The work was fired at BCB, Spode, and then the flowers and tags were constructed into Ceramic Wreaths.
We then attended the Remembrance Service on Armistice Day at Stoke Minster, where our students read part of the service and presented the ceramic wreaths and ceramic ‘forget me nots’ at the alter after the two minutes silence. We then walked up to the Cenotaph and placed the wreaths on there.
In the afternoon students took part in another clay workshop with Ceramic Artist Jo Ayre. Students constructed clay medallions based on the WW1 survivors medal and participated in a ‘slip and slap’ exercise, where they took clay texture impressions from the actual Spode building and then applied different coloured slip to the surface of this work.
Jo Ayre, the ceramic artist students worked with during both visits, will be coming into school after Christmas to work with the students to develop their work. The work will then be on exhibition at the new Wedgwood visitors Centre in the Spring of 2016. Dates to be confirmed.
On the first trip we also visited the mock-up of a WW1 trench at Hanley Museum and Art Gallery and the Staffordshire Hoard Exhibit.