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Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture 2019 : Felicity Aylieff - Clay 'Matters'



318 Ceramics and the Crafts Study Centre are pleased to announce that the 2019 Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture will be given by Felicity Aylieff.

Many thought that with the global digital explosion of the 1990s and virtual technology, the use of clay and making ceramics would be reduced, but there is a renewed interest in matter, craftsmanship, the acquisition of creative skills, and an opening to the sensory world, offered through working with clay.

Clay is the mother of materials – the universal material of the earth. It’s primordial, it’s transformational, it’s tactile, it’smalleable. It’s the material that people respond to. It is charged with philosophical signi cance dating back to ancienttimes, and most importantly it is inherently democratic, from the common house brick to rocket science.

The lecture will look at the growing number of contemporary artists working in the expanded eld of clay, and also the signi cance of clay as a form of expression to Aylieff as an artist.

Felicity Aylieff is an artist of international standing, recognised for her research into large-scale ceramics. Working from her studio in Bath for more than three decades, she has more recently developed a collaborative relationship with factories in Jingdezhen, China, where she makes monumental pots. Her work shows her passion for material and process through its use of colour, pattern and decorative techniques. Felicity was awarded a Professorship in Ceramics from Bath Spa University in 2000 and has been teaching ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art since 2001. Her work is held in numerous international private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and is represented by Adrian Sassoon, London.

LECTURE: 6.00pm - 7.00pm | UCA Main Lecture Theatre (W02)

TICKETS: £10.00 | student concessions apply. Advanced booking is essential and can be made in person, by calling 01252 891450 or emailing:

The Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture is presented by the Crafts Study Centre in partnership with 318 Ceramics to celebrate the life and work of renowned potter Emmanuel Cooper.

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