Tate St Ives Symposium

Ceramics Contexts Weekend Seminar

Aaron Angell Untitled 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Rob Tufnell, London and Studio Voltaire London. Photo: Andy Keate

Seminar looking at contemporary and historical approaches to ceramics

Coinciding with the current exhibition That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio 1920-Today, the seminar will showcase current thinking in three key areas – The Exhibition, The Object and The Studio.

Glenn Adamson is speaker for the Friday evening talk, talking about Peter Voulkos.
Glenn is currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, and Editor-at-Large of The Magazine Antiques. A curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. His publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007). He is the guest curator for Beazley Designs of the Year 10 at the Design Museum, London, which will open in October 2017.

The seminar on Saturday features a fascinating and influential line up of artists, curators and gallerists who will present on the themes in relation to their current practice. Guests include Glenn Adamson, co-curator of upcoming Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery; Aaron Angell, artist and co-curator of That Continuous Thing; Alison Britton, artist, writer and senior tutor at the Royal College of Art; Tommaso Corvi Mora, ceramicist and gallery director; Sarah Victoria Turner, Deputy Director for Research, the Paul Mellon Centre; Simon Olding, curator and Director Crafts Study Centre at the University for the Creative Arts; Katie Schwab, artist and current Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust resident at Porthmeor Studios, Katharine Stout, curator and Deputy Director at the ICA and Richard Slee, artist and Professor at University of the Arts, London.

Weekend itinerary 


We are showing a film about English studio potter Michael Cardew with an introduction by artist Simon Bayliss.

Glenn Adamson will talk about Peter Voulkos.


11.00 - 17.00 SEMINAR including contributions from Katharine StoutGlenn AdamsonKatie Schwab, Richard Slee, Aaron Angell, Sarah Victoria Turner, Corvi MoraAlison Britton and Simon Olding.

Lunch is provided.


Visit to the Leach Pottery


Programmed with Yale Center for British Art and The Paul Mellon Centre. Supported by The Paul Mellon Centre.

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
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23–25 June 2017

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