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Posted 11.11.15

International ceramicist Clare Twomey exhibits and performs in our studios

By Sarah Packer

Clare Twomey, Is It Madness. Is It Beauty, 2010. Acts of Making Festival 2015 at Plymouth College of Art – performed here by student Nicky Noble.

As part of the Craft Council's Acts of Making festival, artist Clare Twomey's 'Is It Madness. Is It Beauty' piece was performed at the college in our Painting, Drawing and Printmaking Studios by a number of our students.

Acts of Making is a city-wide two-week festival that celebrates contemporary craft through performances, live installations and workshops – all linked to works by internationally exhibiting artists, Catherine Bertola, Keith Harrison, Owl Project, Mah Rana, Clare Twomey and Richard William Wheater.

The performance took place over the course of five days during the festival – 500 unfired clay pots were gradually filled with water, leading to their slow disintegration and loss of function – commenting on the futility of human action, with students from our Design Crafts programmes performing in Clare Twomey's place.

Acts of Making was a Crafts Council Touring Project delivered in partnership with Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage) and Plymouth College of Art and was a great opportunity for our students to get involved with international designer-makers and show Plymouth as a hub of creativity.

Our crafts students were involved in the performance, taking turns to pour the water into the clay pots systematically throughout the five days, doing so in complete silence.

Our craft season continues with our Sleight of Hand exhibition – a touring exhibition of work by members of The Association for Contemporary Jewellery – showcasing work from as far afield as Vienna and Australia. Open in our Gallery on Monday 16 November to Saturday 12 December 2015.

Photos by Sarah Packer, BA (Hons) Photography graduate.