For West Dean's 50th Anniversary series of courses, you will work with the plants from the sublime walled garden that was established in 1804.
You will learn to use porcelain paper clay, as a casting slip and the clay body. This clay is a porcelain body combined with flax which creates a unique structure. The principle of this clay is an ancient one used in clay bricks (raw clay mixed with straw) documented as far back to the bible. It is equally a very contemporary and innovative clay.
Taking casts of the plants, seed pods and leaves by dipping and painting the porcelain paper clay on the outside, which will then burn away in the firing, leaving a positive of the plant in porcelain.
You will also roll leaves and plants into the porcelain paper clay to take an impression and textures that can be constructed into tiles or panels. These can be made paper thin so that once fired they appear translucent through the light. Alternatively, they can be rolled out thicker so that they may be used as tiles, or fragments that can be joined and layered together.
The work will be fired to stoneware temperatures and the flax in the paper clay will burn away during the firing so the pieces will be lighter and thinner.
After the pieces have been fired the work will be available to collect from the College at a later date.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Lucy studied Sculpture and Ceramics at Edinburgh College of Art.
She then established 'Radio', gallery and project space in Berlin.
Apprenticed at North Street Pottery, where she now works.
Making for Michelin star restaurants and for their shop. Teaches at Clapham Pottery, Heatherley's School of Fine Art and Chestnut Grove Academy.