TALK: ‘What on Earth is Clay?’ with Duncan Hooson

Saturday 31 March, 10am Bookings

Start the Messums Wiltshire Clay Festival with a talk by Duncan Hooson on what actually is clay, what it can be turned into and how to do it! Duncan heads the Ceramics Department at Morley College London and lectures BA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins.

To understand the making process it is essential to first understand the material. For example, do you know what clay is actually made of? Or that in being part of making up m’ is one of the oldest building materials on earth. It was also used to create some of the first figurative sculpture.

Today clay is used for making pottery, both utilitarian and decorative, and construction products, such as bricks, wall and floor tiles. Different types of clay, when used with different minerals and firing conditions, are used to produce earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain.

Duncan is most well-known for his large scale thrown ceramics, producing both sculptural forms and functional ware. He also works in mixed media and is an advocate of cross-arts collaboration. He works to private commission and in the public realm, healthcare, museums, libraries and media. He is an author and co-director of Clayground Collective. Duncan has exhibited work nationally and has been told he has ‘clay slip running through his veins’.

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