New Work and Forthcoming Exhibitions
New Work shows work in progress for exhibition in 2016. Nightwalker and Travelling West, both migration stories from an Iranian refugee, are the first pots in the collection. In progress: Postcard from the Caliphate - follow updates for this at The C Word (supplement).
Dates for your diary:
February 27th 2016 Peoples History Museum, Manchester
This month’s feature pot is Travelling West, 2013 in recognition of the current mass movement of people, over land and sea, in search of safety, refuge and a new life. This pot illustrates the story of one man travelling from Iran to England in 2006. See also WW1, 1915, Ararat to Albania, October 2015 marks the centenary of the start of the Great Serbian Retreat, 1915-16.
“This is history painting form a democratic viewpoint, in a domestic medium, which celebrates the hand-made material object as well as art’s subversion.”
I am immensely grateful to The Society of Authors for their support for my forthcoming book, Subversive Ceramics, Bloomsbury 2015, now in production and can be pre-ordered from the Bloomsbury website or at Amazon.
“This book has been needed for a very long time. It examines the intriguing histories of how clay has been used as a medium for dissent, as a commentary on political life and to critique ideas of domesticity. It argues that ceramics’ access to the everyday, and its use of a material that is little-regarded, allows it to rewrite narratives around power. Claudia Clare’s book is corrective, passionate, lucid, funny, beautifully illustrated and frequently surprising.” Edmund de Waal