Gareth Mason - Friendship Forged in Fire
Demonstration Workshop & Lecture
Sunday, March 10, 2013 10am - 4pm $65 ($45 for AMOCA members)
Gareth Mason, a renown ceramic artist from England, will visit AMOCA in March. In addition to his joint 2nd Saturday Lecture with co-curator of Friendship Forged in Fire: British Ceramics in America, Richard Jacobs, he will present a one-day demonstration workshop and lecture on his artistic process.
Slide Talk, 'The Story so Far'
I have collected a wealth of images of my work, sources and experiences. I will share a selection of these with you over the course of an hour or so by way of a summary of my ceramics career to date.
The experience of making is by no means a set thing for me. Sometimes, a piece of
work can remain unresolved for years! Though I will be unable to deliver a 'finished'
work, you are welcome to join me on an interesting part of the journey. I will have a
number of components already prepared, which I will assemble, stretch, pinch, puncture
and variously manipulate for your delectation. This, the 'plastic' stage, when the clay is
malleable and responsive, is demanding and dramatic. Expect the unexpected, in what I
hope will be an inclusive, informal and entertaining peek at my ceramics practice.
Gareth Mason is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and Brother of the Art Workers Guild, London. His work is exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions both in England and Europe. In February 2011 his first solo exhibition in America, entitled Other Forces was held in the Jason Jacques Gallery in Manhattan. A short film about his practice entitled White was awarded Grand Prix at the Projections D’Argile film festival, Montpellier, France in 2002. In 2006 he participated in the European Keramik Symposium, Gmunden and accompanying European touring exhibition.
A major solo exhibition entitled An Unfolding Narrative was held in 2007 at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House. He is a member of the International Association for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange and contributed to their conferences in Farnham (England), Nairobi (Kenya) and Icheon (Korea). His vessel, 'Open', received an 'Honourable Mention' award at the World Ceramic Biennale Exhibition, Yeoju, Korea 2009. Recent talks and demonstrations include invited speaker at the 2008 CAAI International Ceramics Conference, Tel Hai, Israel and Invited speaker at 2009 Ege University International Art Days symposium, Izmir, Turkey. He presented an address, 'Fire, Ceramics Mystery and Creativity' in the Speakers Programme at the 2011 SOFA Chicago Expo and was Visiting Artist at California State University, Long Beach in October the same year.
His most recent show was Fire and Wax, a two person exhibition with the New York painter Martin Kline, part of the Piacenti Gallery's exhibition 'Masters Old and New', in association with Jason Jacques. 'Friendship Forged in Fire' at AMOCA will be his first exhibition in California.
He lives and works in Hampshire, England. His website is GarethMason.net.
A light continental breakfast will be provided, but participants are encouraged to visit local resturants for lunch. Click here to see a map of nearby resturants.
10am - Introduction & Discussion
12am - Demonstration
1pm - Lunch Break
2pm - Demonstration
4pm - Wrap up & closing remarks
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