Art Celebration Event at Wedgwood

Posted: May 12th, 2016

On Friday 6th May our Year 10 artists attended a celebration event at Wedgwood.

This was organised by the British Ceramics Biennial and the Clay Foundation charity as an end to our participation in the highly successful Lost Boys of WW1 and Resonate Project. We were the only High School in Stoke on Trent to be picked to participate in the project.

Other participants in the year long project were Newcastle and Stoke sixth form Colleges.

Our students ceramic work was on exhibition in the gallery alongside the Resonate exhibition at Wedgwood and many of the invited guests looking at the ceramics thought our students’ work had been made by degree level students.

Certificates were presented to each student by artist Prof Steve Dixon whose sculpture Resonate Head was the main focus at the Ceramics Biennial last November.
Artist Jo Ayre, who worked with the students at both Spode and in the Art department at STB attended, as did Katie Leonard from The Clay Foundation. There were also dignitaries from Staffordshire County Council, Museum of Cannock Chase, Potteries Museum, Arts Council England, The High House and Shughborough.

Our students’ work will go on to be exhibited in a pop up gallery at Newcastle College for the next few weeks and then go onto exhibition in the collections gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University over the summer so students and their families will have the opportunity to visit and see the work.

All participating students have successfully achieved their Bronze Arts Council Arts Award. The Art works will then make up part of the students GCSE coursework portfolio.

Over the morning students explored the Wedgwood galleries and transferred their natural form designs onto plates which have now been fired. They also drew and photographed the sculptures in the grounds.

A massive thank you to BCB and the Clay Foundation for funding this project.

I found the Art Trip to Wedgwood very inspiring, I also enjoyed meeting Steven Dixon who presented the award – Eleanor Cheney

This event was fun and interesting – Alex Reeve

Our trip art trip to Wedgwood was by far the best trip yet. We got to transfer our own designs onto plates and view a wonderful gallery – Rachel Jose

The art trip to Wedgwood was a brilliant opportunity. For the one day we were there I developed new techniques I can put into practise within my future Art work, visited the museum, allowing me to explore how successful potters have produced their work and got to meet Steve Dixon an artist I have studied – Maddi Ball

I thought the whole experience was very good and interesting and it gave me a lot of experience for my school Art – Jordan Billson