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Demonstration day with Alan Foxley 2010


Sunday 5th September, 10.30am for 11am start – 4pm

Burrowbridge Village Hall, TA7 0RH (near Bridgwater)

This demonstration is a rare opportunity to learn more about the work and techniques of this acclaimed maker.

Trained at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Alan taught art in schools, then lectured in ceramics as well as teaching 3D design. He has focussed on individual sculptural work since 1998.

“My interest in ceramics began when I was introduced to clay as an art student. Although I trained as a potter/painter and teacher, the urge to continue working with this fascinating and very versatile material has remained with me. Over the years I have worked in a variety of ways with various clays and have returned to hand-building, with the emphasis on a sculptural rather than utilitarian way of working. Ideas are developed from both natural and man-made forms, textures and the way in which the elements and time affect them. These play a very important role in my work.

The scale varies, but most of it is fairly large. Although they work well in an indoor space, because of their size most of my pieces find their way into gardens.

The smaller more intimate pieces need to be held in the hand where subtle variations in the surface are read mainly by touch rather than by sight.

After firing, some of the work is rubbed down with abrasives to create smooth and polished surfaces which contrast with rough textures already created within the piece. In many instances much of it is reworked with oxides and glazes and if necessary refired numerous times until I am satisfied with the result.

Current work is principally hand-built one-off pieces. Coiling, slabbing and pinching both large and small scale, mainly using Crank clay with the addition of porcelain, slips, oxides and dry and semi-matt glazes, fired in reduction to 1280 C.”

Alan will give some historical background about his work and how it has developed. Practical demonstrations will include various techniques to build large forms; texturing; use of slips and glazes; construction of bases and methods of joining pot to base; press-moulding and altering; use of paper patterns.

A member of the CPA and of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, he mainly sells his work through ceramics fairs and sculpture exhibitions. Alan hopes to bring one of his large pieces to display, with some smaller work available for sale.

Cost: £15 for members and £18 for guests