Monday 20 February, 11:30am – 12:15pm, free event
Our Ceramics Season will celebrate clay and the creative processes involved. A key highlight of the exhibitions and events programme will be a dramatic wood-firing spectacle from French ceramicist Thiébaut Chagué whereby the act of making becomes part of the exhibition.
Between January and April, Chagué will transform the Messums Tithe Barn into a live studio space, presenting to view all phases of ceramic making. The artist will give talks to the public in the barn on Monday 13 and Monday 20 February providing updates on the project as it unfolds and welcoming visitors to enjoy the making journey.
Once the six-metre-tall wood-fired kiln is built, Chagué will fire a larger-than-life sculpture, created on site from moulded and extruded clay forms, in a celebration of fire, clay and landscape. Together with this, a series of smaller pieces will be fired in the kiln which will subsequently be shown in the exhibition alongside further works by the artist. The firing will be a dramatic spectacle and the public will be invited to watch this exciting event as it takes place.