We've been busy this summer with Rollo Timothy George joining the studio as our new assistant, and Rachel Kurdynowska as a teacher, where her first group have been exploring slipware. Below we are sharing additional classes led by Rachel as well as upcoming events at the studio, and we will continue to share updates through our instagram
Rachel and Liv are the first beneficiaries of our Work Exchange scheme, and it has been lovely to get to know them both and see their work grow.
Our plans for the studio continue to evolve, with new members who bring new inspiration, growing our little community. Members will be showing and selling their work in the upcoming Summer Fayre (more details below). Soon we hope to be opening up Saturdays for membership led by our wonderful studio assistant Rollo, he and Ned are currently going through training and we will update you further soon.
Gemma is coming to the end of her residency (come see her work! details below), and we have launched an open call for our next Autumn Residency, and encourage anyone interested to apply. Special thanks to Alice Lee and Ali Hewson for giving their time as part of the selection panel.
starting FRI 21st JULY
Ceramics Lab: Clay Research Group
Each session will involve a demonstration or exercise, followed by group working where Rachel will be on hand to provide guidance and 1-to-1 feedback. At the end of the eight weeks you will come away with new connections with other likeminded local potters, as well as a uniquely developed project or series of objects made individually or collaboratively as a group. -> LEARN MORE
We have added some new dates for taster classes, which are a great and affordable way to try pottery for the first time. -> LEARN MORE
SUN 9th JULY, 11-5pm
Norwich Lanes: Summer Fayre
We will be having a members sale at the studio as part of this years fayre, not one to miss!
SAT 29th JULY, 6pm
SCREENING: Womb of things to be and tomb of things that were
We’re excited to invite you to come see a screening of Charles Pryor and Marleen Boschen’s new film followed by informal drinks with the artists, where you will have an opportunity to ask questions and have open conversation.
What does it mean to remove a lifeform from its world in order to save it?
‘Womb of things to be and tomb of things that were’ explores collaborative survival, containment and vulnerability in ecological futures. Via episodic, speculative storytelling we follow seed banking and saving practices across the globe from the Millennium Seed Bank in the UK, to a forest gene bank in Poland and a food sovereignty organisation in Palestine.
The film traces how seeds move in and out of these banks and how their metabolic life slows down in processes of freezing. Exploring how practices foster ecological imaginaries of restoration, repair and custodianship the film asks what futures might really be in store for these seeds.
What are these practices saving their seeds for?
What escapes them in freezing life?
SAT 5th AUG, 6pm
AS THE DUST SETTLES: Gemma Carson's end of residency show
Join us at the pottery studio where Gemma Carson will be presenting new work that is the result of her time as artist in residence at Helgate.
This will be an informal event for one night only, much like an open studio, which provides an opportunity to see what Gemma has been exploring as a painter working with clay.
Expect a calm and inclusive environment where you can meet other likeminded artists.