Wednesday, 29 February 2012


Level One materials Rotations mould making workshops.


Mould making from plaster models created by turning and running. Part of the level 1 introduction to materials and processes.

Finishing mould that will then be used to slip cast ceramic pieces.

Glaze and surface decoration demo as part of the same project

Marbling effects with coloured slips and glazes

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Lisa Bate (graduated 2009) Came in this week to talk to level 3 about her recent Northlands Glass metal and glass casting residency, it sounded amazing: Lisa said she learnt so much and met some really inspiring people. The iron casting process was particularly interesting quite physically demanding and a real experience, see the photos in the flickr link below

Here's some photos on flckr of Lisa and fellow artist in residence Katya Filmus, Kate Hobby and Clare Flatley   

Lisa specialises in kiln formed glass and metalwork, producing both static and kinetic sculpture. Lisa was awarded an Honorary Diploma from the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation in 2011, exhibited at The British Glass Biennale in 2010, and most recently her sculpture Genera Nucleation III was selected by the Jury for the Zwieseler Kolbl Wild Dreams exhibition for the European Advancement Award for Young Glass Artists

Sunday, 19 February 2012

2nd Year Contemporary Crafts Exhibition in Truro 2012

Emma Slocombe

Emily Goodaker

Lucy Beadle

Anna Brimley

Natalie Collins
Corin Nesbit

Henry Bennet-Brown

Elisabeth Smith

Martyn Ratcliffe

Daisy Rubinstein

Friday, 17 February 2012

Last Year's Crafts Graduate  Mirjana Smith has a great collection of her very successful mixed media teapots at
New Beginnings
11 February-24th March 2012 

at the 
Porthminster Gallery at Fern Lea Terrace st Ives

When I went to the PV last Saturday Mirjana had  already sold four of the curious chaps!

From Porthminster gallery's website

Mirjana Smith is a recent University College Falmouth graduate. Her quirky, original and witty assemblage art is constructed from second-hand and discarded utilitarian objects. Mirjana's interest lies in the history of their origin, uses and memories, and the possibility that every object's ultimate destination could be entirely different from its intended purpose. The results are often playful and refreshing, giving a new perspective to the familiar.
Mirjana graduated with a BA Hons in Contemporary Crafts from University College Falmouth in 2011. Her work has been shown at galleries and art fairs in London, and in the south-west and the north of England, and is in several private collections in the US.

Level 2 show have just finished their Live show, Level 1 spent a day reviewing the show and some also attended the private view, this year it was shown in 6 different venues which made for a crazy event, with a sort of a treasure trail round Truro for the private view

here are a few shots of the evening and the work (Please can we get some more shots as mine are pretty poor)
Ist PV at Truro Arts

  Emma Slocombe at Opium Nalders Court
Simon Allen at Opium

PV at the Lander Gallery

Tom Mcphee  3D Zoetrope at Pydar studios

Anna Brimley

 Laima Grigone  at Pydar studios

The Magic Teapot

Here's a few pictures of Jack Doherty Lead Potter from the world renowned Leach  pottery st Ives who kindly came in to the Design centre just before Christmas, to demo his throwing  process to Crafts students.

Earlier in the day Jack had given a fantastic lecture to level 1 Students outlining the history and context of Leach and it's continuing relevance. The day was organised by Phd  student Matt Tyas who also spoke at the lecture about his research work with Jack and the Leach.

Have a look at this link to find out about Matt's work

and here's a link to the Leach