Artist Talk – Mella Shaw
Free on-site parking, entrance is off Leek Road.
Mella Shaw uses clay to make thought-provoking objects and site-specific installations centred around reoccurring themes of balance, tipping points, fragility and loss. Her approach has its roots in activism- making publicly-engaged environmental work addressing specific issues in the global climate crisis- with an intention to bring lesser-known issues to a new audience to enact change.
Mella has a background in anthropology and museum curation and display which underpins her varied ceramics practice. Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2013 Mella shows nationally and internationally, having pieces in various public and private collections. She lives and works in Edinburgh.
During the 2023 British Ceramic Biennial you will have the chance to meet, ask questions and hear from some of the talented artists exhibiting with us this year. The Artist Talks will provide a unique insight into the work and careers of some of the artists and the work they have created especially for the 2023 Biennial.
Each talk will be 30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q&A. They will all take place in All Saints Church. Ticket fees are pay-what-you-can.
We will record each Artist Talk and publish them on our website over the coming months.
Artist Talk – Copper Sounds
Copper Sounds are a Bristol-based duo. They use traditional and contemporary processes to explore the acoustic and resonant properties of clay.
Artist Talk – Rebecca Appleby
Rebecca Appleby’s ceramic sculptures explore the notion of balancing structure and order, disorder and array, referencing the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi.
Artist Talk – Jasmine Simpson
Jasmine’s work has a strong link to zoomorphic iconography which has been around and consistently used ever since we began depicting animals on cave walls.
Artist Talk – Carrie Reichardt
Carrie Reichardt is an outspoken, politically charged and ceramic slinging artist. Leaving a trail of poetry and prose in her wake.
Artist Talk – Elspeth Owen
Elspeth is currently exploring the ideas around the end of a career, what to do with the leftovers of a working life and what footprint we leave on the world.
Artist Talk – Rebecca Griffiths
Rebecca Griffiths is a London-based artist who uses clay to wrestle with the structures of the designed world and explore notions of time, ambiguity and growth.