In the recent years I have been looking at a different way of doing art practice. Seeking integrity on a distance from professional art world, becoming a worker-owner in my ceramics cooperative, and training as recreational boxer. This way of living and working comes from my need and desire to look for different economic and cultural base for life as artist and a person, and explore contradictions of privilege, inequality, violence and power though practice.
For the Nunhead Art Trail I will present a set of ceramic objects that are modelled on circuit training routine in Double Jab ABC, and are an exploration of ceramics as a medium.
There will also be some examples of work from the Ceramics Studio Co-op available for purchase.
Come and see work by Miyu Kurihara at Tent London and Ceramics in the City. We love Miyu’s practice and proud to have her as a studio resident. Ceramics in the City is a great opportunity to buy work and you would not regret having one of the beautiful hand-decorated pieces
Miyu Kurihara is a Japanese artist who makes hand-painted ceramics. All pieces are made by hand and individually drawn with intricate detail. Miyu learned brush techniques and textile design in Japan and London, and has incorporated these skills into her work with ceramic materials.The design of the ceramics is inspired by both Japanese kimono and blue and white porcelain designs.
Ceramicist Lenka Kalafutova, poet and DJ Adae and graphic designer Dusan Kacan would like to invite you to the launch of their collaborative project ‘Bleach me’ hosted by Theatre Royal Stratford East on Tuesday the 1st of August at 7.30 pm at Gerry’s Kitchen.
It is a multidisciplinary project combining large ceramic tile murals, audiovisual projection and poetry. Bleach Me Project addresses issues surrounding systemic racism by flipping the script on the usual skin bleaching conversation. Four large ceramic tile murals will be accompanied by audio video projection and performance by Adae and guest artists.
Bleach Me Project
This is a multidisciplinary art project that addresses issues surrounding systemic racism by flipping the script on the usual skin bleaching conversation. Instead of focusing on the regular topics, which tend to be dominated by shaming people for bleaching, we are choosing instead to interrogate colonial histories and challenge why people have these detrimental ideas in the first place.
This project, ‘Bleach Me’, combines four large ceramic tile murals, audio-visual projection and poetry. It is a collaboration between Ceramicist- Lenka Kalafutova, who conceptualized the original idea and created the tile murals, Poet & Lyricist- Adae, who wrote and performed the poem in the video and Graphic Designer- Dusan Kacan, who we worked with to create the sound and video for the project.
The initial idea for the project stemmed from a casual conversation at work between Adae and I. What was interesting was how little we knew of each other’s lived experiences, even though our very existences as queer people challenged the status quo in both of our native countries. General education in Slovakia was never focused on colonial history let alone challenging Western versions of African history. Combined with the fact that very few Black/African people actually passed through Slovakia until recently, this meant I had very little context for Anti- Black Racism outside of western television; which was why the concept of skin bleaching was such a surprising one
At the time I was working with black clay that I’d treated with white underglaze to achieve different colour tones. The associations between the black clay with skin and white underglaze with bleaching products quickly became clear and after much research, the project began to take shape. I created four large ceramic tile murals that work as a story that depicts the bleaching process. The murals show a portrait of a West African person and the viewer watches the face slowly disappear into a white background. In the last mural the stencilled portrait is replaced with an audio-visual projection in which the poet makes the mural comes alive.
The sound for the video was made by deconstructing the voice of the poet performing the poem and by breaking the poem down into words and rhymes.
The poem is also imprinted on ceramic tiles that visitors can purchase to take home.
The four murals are purposefully hung on rolling structures for accessibility reasons. We do not want to be limited by ‘typical’ art spaces and want to be able to bring the project to people.
London, UK, 2016/2017
Lenka Kalafutova had been making her work in Ceramics Studio Co-op since October 2014. She graduated from an MA in Culture studies in her home country of Slovakia and MA in Fine Art in Middlesex University in London. Lenka uses the medium of ceramics to explore gender, race and queer culture, mostly focusing on tile-making and screen printing. In her art projects she collaborates with artists from other disciplines and community groups using medium of ceramics to tell stories.
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We are very happy to share that Fredrik Andersson aka FreddeLanka have joined a group of resident artists at Ceramics Studio Co-op, and working very hard on the new commissions.
One of them is inspiring and funny project with Wieden+Kennedy, the Arse Vase that is started to raise some much-needed money and awareness forPositive East, an east London charity who provide support for those affected by HIV. Check out ArseVase website, it will make a perfect present.
Cooperatives UK video on coop economy is featuring Ceramics Studio Co-op and it’s members. We are proud to be a part of it among other 7 worker coops and some consumer coops. See if you spot familiar faces, and have a read of the Cooperative Economy report!
There’s a point at which we need to say that enough is enough. People’s working lives are more precarious than ever. Local communities feel out of control. Home ownership is at 1980s levels. A growing split between the have and have nots is dividing Britain.
This report and open data set shows that there are nearly 7,000 organisations across the UK that are trying to reimagine the economy. They are co-operatives, working in everything from dairy to digital, and they are giving people more control over the things that matter to them – their work, homes and local areas. It’s time to reimagine the economy. It’s time to co-operate.
Have you seen Sefridges window display with wonderful hand thrown pots made by South London artist Gareth Thomas? We have been busy in February-March helping him to fire them, and deliver the project in time. Here are some pictures! You can see more work by Gareth on his instagram.