As I posted yesterday, I was incredibly lucky at the Art Market, York last weekend to enjoy an hour and a half workshop with just 8 the people with the incredible ceramic artist Amy Hughes. At the time I didn’t know her name or work and she just introduced herself as Amy. In fact, she is an extremely successful ceramic artist who has recently been Artist in Residence at the V&A.
I thought I’d post pictures of my unadorned vessels and implements as they dry out at home. I loved Amy’s first exercise where she got us to make a pinch pot with our eyes closed then another with our eyes open – and the revelation was that for most of us,the first vessel was so much more successful – organic, quirky, fluid – than the second. My ‘blind’ pot is at the top of this post. Rough around the edges – but what a great lesson. She also got us making a spoon in a minute and pots using coiling – and then made us select the least effective and squash it up, just to make the point about being prepared to let it go and start again.
She was a lovely encouraging, gentle tutor. Sadly I missed the talk Amy gave on the Sunday but I will certainly look out for her work if/when I venture to London any time soon.