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2020/2021 Autumn/Winter lecture series


Webinar #1 Zoe Preece

Wednesday 30th September 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.

Welsh artist Zoe Preece discusses the continued influence of the domestic realm as her major site of inquiry and the importance of craftsmanship in her conceptually driven ceramic practice.


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Webinar #2 Torbjorn Kvasbo

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Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


Torbjørn Kvasbø was Professor of Ceramics at the University of Gothenburg and, later, at Konstfack, Sweden. Since 2018, he has served as the President of the International Academy of Ceramics. He lives and works in Venabygd, Norway. In this illustrated lecture, he will discuss his recent installation work, Cluster of Vases, made for the Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale 2019.

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Webinar #3 Lin Cheung

Wednesday  14th October 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


Lin Cheung is Reader in Jewellery at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Lin will discuss her distinctive approach to making, which offers a witty and poignant response to the human condition. Lin designed the medals for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and was a finalist for the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize in 2017.


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Webinar #4 Johnathon Keep

Wednesday  21st October 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


Jonathan Keep is an independent practising artist potter and a leading exponent of studio based ceramic 3D printing. His ceramics are recognizable for a strong sculptural quality and emphasis on form. The shapes of his pots are generated in computer code. He has developed this working process out of an interest in the way computer code can mimic natural codes, patterns and growth structures. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, London he lives in Suffolk UK and exhibits, lectures and undertakes artist residencies and workshops internationally. Jonathan initiated the widely popular ‘Make Your Own Ceramic 3D Printer’ project.


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Webinar #5 Matthew Blakely

Wednesday  28th October 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


Introduction to Rock and Ash Glazes by Matthew Blakely.

Internationally renowned potter Matthew Blakely will give a brief introduction to geology and explain his process of making glazes from found rocks, exploring the links between ceramics, geology and a sense of place.


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Webinar # 6 David Cushway

Wednesday  4th November 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


Dr David Cushway has a desire (and willingness) to experiment with and test the medium(s) of clay. This has led to a practice that employs sculpture, installation, film, photography, performance, socially engaged practice and drawing. The practical element of his PhD study deliberately set out to test the boundaries of ceramics discourse, through film and photography, with the absence of clay and the ceramic object being a fundamental motivation and consideration of the research. In this talk he will give us an insight to his practice.


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Webinar #7 Judith Schaechter

Wednesday  11th November 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


Judith Schaechter has worked in stained glass for 35 years since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work is collected internationally and is represented in such museums as The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. Judith's work was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, a collateral exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2012 and she is a 2008 USA Artists Rockefeller Fellow. In 2013 Judith was inducted to the American Craft Council College of Fellows.


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Webinar #8 Grainne Watts

Wednesday  18th November 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


Grainne Watts discussed her journey so far as a maker, the sources of inspiration and making processes behind her work and her experience as an Irish based artist busy on the international stage.


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Webinar #9 Kyra Cane

Wednesday  25th November 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


‘Making and Drawing’ , in conversation with Kyra Cane

Kyra Cane, successful potter, lecturer and author of the book ‘ Making and Drawing’ discusses her work and practice, with a focus on drawing and how it is used to inform, inspire and create her ceramic forms.


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Webinar #10 Samar Mogharbel

Wednesday  2nd December 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


Samar Mogharbel is an International artist who works primarily and uniquely with clay. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1958 and has spent her childhood and adult life under consecutive bombings due to war, civil war and various invasions. She responds to her heritage by excavating the political, archaeological and anthropological impact of destruction through the fragile medium of clay. She is a graduate of Goldsmiths London, a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and lectures at the American University in Beirut. She has also made a series of stop motion animations since 2004 which can be viewed on Youtube.


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Webinar #11 Stine Bidtrup

Wednesday  9th December 2020 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


Stine Bidstrup is a Danish glass artist, educator and art historian whose work and research explores optical phenomena, and interprets and brings ideas about utopian, architectural visions to life through glass sculptures, installation and video. Her curiosity revolves around the power of perception and power of context and point of view in constructing our understanding through vision and how the human eye and mind are always engaged in myriad determinations and negotiations.


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Webinar # 12 Sibylle Peretti

Wednesday  13th January 2021 at 3:30 pm: Webinar via zoom.


German artist Sibylle Peretti creates multimedia collages and sculptures which explore the relationship between time, loss, emotion, memory and solitude, often depicting liminal landscapes where her protagonists – people & animals - retreat. Peretti’s work balances the nostalgia of impending loss – societal or environmental - with the profound fortitude of understanding ourselves and the world.

She is the recipient of Grants from the Joan Mitchell and the Pollock- Krasner Foundation New York and was awarded an United States Artist fellowship in 2012.


Her work can be seen in many public collections including the Corning Museum of Glass, NY, The John Michael Kohler Art Center, WI, The Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN The Speed Museum, Louisville KY, C21 Museum Hotel, Louisville KY, The Museum of Glass, Shanghai, China, The Montreal Museum of Art, Canada, The Carnegie Museum Pittsburgh, PA, The Toledo museum of Art, Toledo OH, The Barry Museum of Art, Norfolk VA, Museum fuer Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Alexander Tutsek Foundation Munich GER. Sibylle Peretti lives and works in New Orleans , Louisiana and Cologne Germany


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Webinar #13 James Rigler

Wednesday  20th January 2021 at 1pm: Webinar via zoom.


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Applied Arts Ireland & Northern Ireland are very pleased to announce the weekly online lunchtime talks with the support of Design & Crafts Council Ireland. 

13 makers in total will be joining Applied Arts Ireland & Northern Ireland each week over the coming months, all details and booking to be found via eventbrite@ Applied Arts Ireland.

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