bcb artist in training programme – world in one city

Friday 7th April was our final session with the Burslem Jubilee group as part of World In One City with the British Ceramics Biennial.
We had a lovely, relaxing session creating a tile table runner with decal transfers. This was a collaborative, team effort. The group worked together in such a concerted way, swapping places, making sure the design was consistent. The final result was fantastic! The participants spent some of the session working in sketchbooks, documenting each week and discussing the development of the project. The group seem to really enjoy working in this way, I can see they have taken real pride in their sketchbooks.
Although it is really sad to see the sessions ending, it was great to know the group have enjoyed it so much, and learned a great deal about place, heritage, clay, ceramic process and design. The group have clearly taken ownership of, and feel pride in the work they have created. It is wonderful to hear the participants talk about their work and how they wish to continue to use these skills in the future. Their new skills and knowledge have been valuable in so many ways, particularly for their relationship with the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and their connection to the new place they live in.
The highlight of the week was our BBQ in the Spode rose garden. Everyone brought a dish each, we also used our oven, created from bricks and clay to cook bread, made by the Bread In Common team.
Each week we have shared food, conversation and ideas.
This project has been extremely vital n my own professional development, also. I have learned a great deal from working alongside artist Joanne Ayre, as well as working with the participants themselves. An extremely valuable and humbling experience!
Each week we have collected 5 words, in a discussion at the end of the sessions as part of our evaluation:-
COMFORTING INSPIRING NEW FRIENDSHIPS WORKED TOGETHER HAPPY CALM EYE-OPENING EDUCATIONAL SURPRISING REFRESHING REFLECTIVE CONFIDENCE INDEPENDENCE LEARNING TALENT SKILLS BELONGING TEAM-WORK SUPPORTIVE WARM UNITY FAMILY UPLIFTING ACHIEVEMENT COMPANIONSHIP CONVERSATION VALUABLE CONNECTION WONDERFUL FANTASTIC DESIGN IDEAS QUALITY CONSIDERATION MATERIAL

 

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