Artist Talk – Elspeth Owen
Free on-site parking, entrance is off Leek Road.
Elspeth Owen is a ceramic artist who has taken part in a rich and dedicated career. In her 85 years, Elspeth has been involved in a convent education, several waves of feminism, motherhood, a spell on the other side of the world, summer schools in the open university, the women’s Peace camp at Greenham common, long-distance walking adventures, Extinction rebellion, pot-luck suppers and numerous ceramic shows in galleries, craft markets and open studios. Her work is now scattered around the world in public and private places, waiting to be held.
Elspeth works with clay in a fluid way, often without a set plan of what the outcome is going to be, she is extremely connected to her work as a result. 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.
About the Artist Talks
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 – Mella Shaw
Mella Shaw uses clay to make thought-provoking objects and site-specific installations centred around reoccurring themes of balance, tipping points, fragility and loss.
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 – 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.