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Beneath our Feet: Exploring Natural Clays, Kilns and Pigments

with Martin Brockman

Mon 10 April 2023 @ 11:00 am - Thu 13 April 2023 @ 4:00 pm


Monday 10 & Thursday 13 April

The Workshop

When he returned to Japan after visiting Ditchling, Shoji Hamada’s work relied heavily on the use of natural compounds and locally sourced materials.

Over two days of sessions, you will explore clay making, decorating and firing as well as exploring mark-making with natural pigments.

Different decorating techniques will be explored using the Hamada exhibition in the museum as an inspiration. Clay-making will range from tile moulding and pot-forming techniques to carving and coiling.

You will be working with natural sea clays from Sussex beaches and clays from the brickworks and fields along the Ouse. You will explore the qualities of clays and local geology and histories. On the second day, you will learn how to collaboratively build and fire a clamp paper kiln and explore using a small pit fire to fire the ceramics you create.

This workshop is suitable for both adults and children and young people aged 8+ accompanied by adults. Family groups are welcome.

Please note: There is a gap of 2 days between the 2 sessions for drying clay work

The Workshop Leader

Martin Brockman has a degree in 3D design from West Surrey College of Art & Design. He has been a practicing freelance artist since 1986.

His work has included creating a sculptural kiln off the River Thames as part of the London International Festival Theatre at Tate Modern, sculptural installations at the South Bank Centre as part of the Royal Festival Hall’s Overture 2007 during its refurbishment, and the Tramway in Glasgow as a part of an independent show in 2008.

He has also designed and produced hand-made tiles for St Paul’s Cathedral during the refurbishment of the Crypt. Martin is a highly skilled and experienced visual artist. His work spans a range of media including works on paper, wood-block prints, ceramics, kilns and three-dimensional works in wood.

Shōji Hamada: A Japanese Potter in Ditchling runs 22 October 2022 – 16 April 2023 

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