ENDURING LEGACY OF POT – Talk with Julian Stair
Sunday 30 April, 11 – 12pm
£10 in advance, £15 on the door Booking
With multiple publications to his name, including co author with Christie Brown on “Contemporary Clay, Museum Culture” (Routledge 2016) Julian Stair’s is a formidable knowledge on the history, symbolism and narrative of clay’s iconic form.
We are delighted to welcome Julian to Messums Wiltshire as exhibitor and lecturer. This talk is a must for both those with in depth knowledge as well as those who are coming to the subject for the first time.
The talk will run for approx 45 minutes with a question and answer session to follow.
About Julian Stair:
Born 1955 in Bristol Julian is an English potter, academic and writer. He makes groups of work using a variety of materials, from fine glazed porcelain to coarse engineering brick clays. His work ranges in scale from hand-sized cups and teapots to monumental jars at over 6 feet tall and weighing half a ton.
Stair has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years and has work in over twenty public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Council, American Museum of Art & Design, Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Boymans Museum, Netherlands. In 2004 he was awarded the European Achievement Award by the World Crafts Council for the project Extended Inhumation and received a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to research the making of monumental ceramics at Wienerberger’s brick factory in Sedgley. In 2008 the Art Fund purchased Monumental Jar V for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.
His most recent project was the solo exhibition Quietus: The Vessel, Death and the Human Body which was commissioned by mima and supported by Arts Council England. The exhibition addresses the containment of the human body in death and features a series of funerary works, from cinerary jars to life-size sarcophagi, so of which are on show as part of the exhibition at Messums Wiltshire.