and we flung the kiln doors wide

David Booth, 2012

It’s been an exhausting/exhorting two weeks with Sun Ae Kim and David Booth in Stoke-on-Trent.

A quick shout out to all the artists we happily bumped into in the echoing China Hall of the Spode Factory, including the self-titled ‘glacial’* illustrator Dave Newey.  I guess he means his work is slow and devastating.  Rather than cold and producing more water a day than New York uses in a year.  Well, either would be impressive.

Also, thanks to the studio artists from AirSpace in Hanley, especially Joyce Iwaszko who came to Burslem to say hello.  Joyce is currently exhibiting a Wedgwood-inspired installation in the window at AirSpace.  Beautiful blue.

Also, a special mention to Kate Lynch at Airspace Gallery who is planning a beautiful ‘seed bombing workshop for the wasteland in and around Stoke next week.  If you’re around, join in.

And of course, Janine Goldsworthy of Rednile who commissioned our residency, as well as Barney Hare Duke and Ieva Alksne who hosted us at the Spode site and the School of Art in Burslem.  Finally, thanks to Simon Stamatiou for steering our strange works in and out of the kiln with such care.

Over the next few days I will be posting up images from our residency at the Burslem School of Art and our pop-up show Pottery//Poetry at the Spode Factory.

For now, I offer these images of David Booth’s fluid concrete canvas works, balancing thousands of bone china flowers above the factory floor.

David Booth, 2012

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