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Demonstration day with Tim Andrews 2010


Tim Andrews will need little introduction to many of you. A highly acclaimed maker, his work combines simplicity of form and raku decorating techniques to striking effect. A Fellow of CPA, Tim has taught, demonstrated and exhibited throughout the UK and abroad, including recent prestigious workshops in India, China and Israel. Examples of his work are held in numerous private and public collections and he is the organiser of the very popular annual ‘Clay’ exhibitions at his Woodbury Studio Gallery. He is the author of two books, ‘Raku – A Review of Contemporary Work’ (A&C Black, 1994) and ‘Raku (A&C Black, 2005).

Tim’s own studio is not large enough to accommodate a demonstration, so we are using the village hall, a short walk away. The day will start a little earlier than usual, with a presentation briefly outlining the development of Tim’s work, then featuring some of his ‘travels with ceramics’ in India (2007), China and Israel (2009). Throwing, finishing and decorating techniques will be demonstrated. It will not be possible to have an actual raku firing, but Tim will show an extract from his DVD to illustrate his methods.

There will be some work available for sale.

Tim was one of the founding members of WPA and is now Honorary President. He last demonstrated to the association in May 2000, so this day will be a long-overdue and welcome event.

“The transformation of raw materials – mud to art – is , for ceramicists, a fascinating journey of evolutionary transition, peppered with risk-taking step changes. My own work represents an ongoing dialogue between the technical sophistication of processes, serendipity, and timeless human qualities. After 30 years my pieces have become more minimal in style. Yet the simplicity and apparent effortlessness aimed for, stems from a labour-intensive, unforgiving and demanding ‘making’ technique, together with a dramatic and intense firing process. Ultimately, for me, each piece has to justify its existence with a quiet, yet powerful, presence.”

Cost: £15 for WPA members, £18 for guests.