More Tales from Wales

July 7, 2015


Hello fellow Umbrellaries,

This wood fired kiln was one of the highlights at the International Ceramics Festival, held over the last three days at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The kiln is the brainchild of Prof. Rita Gudino, from the Phillipines, to find out more about her project and work just look up Lual Kiln. I was pleased to help record the construction, firing and opening of the kiln due to Rita’s photographer having a visa mix up and not making it. The ICF is Europe’s showpiece ceramics event, held every two years in Aber. There were over 20 top ceramic practitioners from all over, and hundreds of visitors saw displays, demonstrations, lectures and all of the trade representatives. One operator, Jonathan Keep, had two  working 3D printers, one which he had made for about £400, they both worked with a ceramic material. Plans are available for free from his website, just google him. You heard it here first, just another reason to keep up your Umbrella membership and check the newsletter.

One of the most interesting practitioners I found was a delightful lady from Seattle, Tip Toland, who makes life like as well as larger than life size ceramic figures. Her demonstrations and talks were inspirational. Meanwhile, I atoned for all pottery fun by getting in some serious easel hours today during some pretty heavy rain and stuff, glad it stayed away for the weekend.

More news soon,
Tony Fitzsimmons

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