Category Archives: Ceramics

Little Birdhouse in the Sky

These fab little ceramic birdhouses were made by the members of the Truro Saturday Art & Design club.

Their theme this year has been `Gardens` and this has been one of a series of workshops exploring a variety of different materials and processes.

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Page Turner – Turning heads

On from now until this Sat 27th May, 3pm – Page Turner.

A celebration of great student art from Truro College, Cornwall.

Take yourself down to Lemon Quay Piazza in Truro and become inspired by the wealth of talent on display.

From fine art to jewelry, from architecture to graphics design, and everything in between.

Our 12th annual show, Page Turner.

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Beyond Truro College – Alastair Heywood

Next up is locally born and now Illogan based ceramic artist Alastair Heywood.

2008 marked the end to my five year sentence at Redruth School and having no intention of staying at sixth form for round two Truro College seemed like an oasis in the parched desert. I knew I liked art so there was no question as to whether I’d study it. I had Tristan and Louise for my first year at college and aside from both being hilarious they taught me to paint. To stop drawing what I thought was there and actually see.

A year into my a levels I dropped my subjects and pursued the two year National Diploma in art and design, Bernadette Gaffney, Paul Ziemacki and Robin Dowell were all wonderful tutors and I had the privilege of their frank and measured advice at every turn. However, it is Anne Thomas to whom I owe the most, she introduced me to clay. Glazes, engobes, slab building, throwing, it was all fascinating and the alchemic nature of the subject appealed to me.

Three years of continuous experimentation, a smattering of A/s levels and a triple distinction later I was being offered places from all of the universities to which I’d applied. Well, nearly all (I went to Wimbledon for a painting interview and came away with an offer for sculpture instead. Funny really).

I now have a degree in ceramic design from Central Saint Martins, as well pieces in both private collections and that of the University of the Arts London. I also have a studio in Illogan in which I can be found either up to my eyeballs in clay, quietly drawing, or printmaking.

My brief stint at Truro helped me work out what facets of design truly interested me, and contributed to the confidence that allowed me to apply to the universities that I did. If I were to do it again I’d hope that my experience wasn’t wildly different and that the smell of developer from the darkroom in Mylor still drifts down the hall and masks the gents.

You can view examples of Alastairs work via his website HERE.

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Beyond Truro College – Jode Pankhurst

Next in our series of past students is ceramics maestro Jode Pankhurst.

I currently live and work in Leith, Edinburgh. I make playful, bold and illustrative ceramic pieces that are either wearable or used in the home. During my time at Truro college I studied the A Level in Illustration & Graphics which was taught at the time by Jo Higgins and Natalie Hayes. It gave me a very focussed and specialised direction quite early on and ultimately influenced my decision to study at higher level afterwards. The tutors were immensely encouraging of my work, whether it 3D or 2D. I really valued this as it gave me the confidence and time to be experimental at an early stage, something you’re not always afforded later on in your studies. I went on to do the Art & Design Foundation course at Falmouth before moving to Edinburgh to complete an Illustration degree at Edinburgh College of Art. I now work from a shared studio space on a range of ceramic products that I sell from an online shop and across a series of UK stockists.”

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Sculpture Masterclass

On 14th Feb the National Art and Design Saturday Club held a sculpture masterclass. The event was run by internationally renowned sculptor Peter Randal Page, and local sculptor (and Truro College tutor) Reece Ingrams, both of whom have large sculptures sited at the world famous Eden Project.
The Truro group were joined by the Falmouth Saturday club for the days event. The students made large charcoal drawings of natural objects in morning –

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And after lunch they all sculpted clay maquette`s from their drawings.

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The day was a great success as the results show.


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Foundation Diploma: Work in Progress

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A selection of work by Foundation Diploma Art & Design students from their latest project. The brief was to explore a personal investigation of ‘Personal Space’ developing ideas and exploring these within all the areas of the course; Fine Art, Textural Surfaces, Visual Communication, Printmaking, and 3D.

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Ceramic Creativity

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The year 1 Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design students have been also been getting crafty with clay this month.
They have been creating pinch bowls or pots from raku with some interesting and individual results. The brief being use your imagination and get creative with the clay. Each pot has been inspired by the students own research and they have each thrown their own character into their work.
As tutor Reece says “Some fine and individual examples of pinch pottery!”

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Clay Modelling with the Fluffs.

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With a view to letting the product design students get to grips with multiple forms of modelling, each week they are tackling a new medium.
This week it was clay. Terracotta to be exact.
With a little help from the ceramics technician Reece the class all had a go at making their own clay hedgehogs.
Everyone produced their own version of the little blighters, some looking more rat than hedgehog, and others more friendly and less menacing than some.
Next week the students tackle balsa wood carving.

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Work in Progress

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As always its been a busy and creative start to the term here at the art & design department.
The slideshow features some of the students work to date.
We have the beginnings of some great paintings from the Fine Art group. These are being entered into a local open competition at the Penlee Gallery, Penzance.
We have a selection of decorated tiles from ceramics.
And finally some models from 3D that started off life as 2D sketches from the parlour game Exquisite corpse.
So far, so good I`d say.

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