I am now a professional member of the Craft Potters Association
New Work shows work in progress for exhibition in Autumn 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).
Remembering Atefeh (2013) is now on show at The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, as part of the Craft’s Council’s touring show, ‘Hidden Agenda,’ and the Wilson’s own, ‘Crafting Change.’ Both shows run for three months: 5th March – 5th June 2016.
“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 a corrective: passionate, lucid, funny, beautifully illustrated and frequently surprising.”
I am immensely grateful to The Society of Authors for their support for the writing of this book.
As 2015/16 continues to be marked by mass migrations and conflict, I stay with my choice to feature Travelling West, 2013 depicting the journey of one refugee from Iran to Britain, and WW1, 1915, Ararat to Albania, October 2015-March 2016 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.”
Recent Work is a new page showing pots from 2014.