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Posted 11.11.15

Students inspired by guest ceramics workshop with designer Ian McIntyre

By Sarah Packer

Designer and ceramicist Ian McIntyre demonstrates plaster mold making to our crafts students.

London-based designer Ian McIntyre held a demo and workshop for our crafts students during his visit to the college for Jerwood Makers Open 2015 – where he was exhibiting his piece ‘A Ton of Clay’.

'A Ton of Clay' exhibited in our Gallery alongside four other artists as part of Jerwood Makers Open 2015 – a unique commissioning opportunity recognising the most exciting new talents in contemporary applied arts.

With a background in product design and applied art, Ian employs a mix of industrial design and craft skills to his work – producing installations, studio editions and developing shapes, materials and techniques for industry.

Jerwood Makers Open 2015, Installation View in the Gallery at Plymouth College of Art. Ian McIntyre, 'A Ton of Clay', 2015

Ian has collaborated with Another Country, Wrong for HAY, The London Design Festival, Officine Panerai and the Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2010 he received an MA in Applied Art from the Royal College of Art, London.

Alongside his practice, Ian has delivered lectures and teaching at Kingston University and the Royal College of Art. He is a founding member of Studio Manifold and is currently studying for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.

As part of our exhibitions programme, Ian held an artist talk discussing his practice and his piece in the show which was open to the public. During his time here he also visited our crafts studio and held a demo for our students on plaster mold making and techniques he uses in his own studio.  

Students learnt how to make plaster molds using equipment in our Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops.

We caught up with him in our regular Gallery Shorts series to find out about working with Jerwood, the current state of craft, and the process and inspiration behind his piece. Watch the film here.

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

Our Ceramics studio alone hosts 10 potters wheels, a plaster room for mould making, 16 kilns, a well-stocked glaze mixing area and individual studio space.

We have a wealth of industry links, and students have the chance to get involved in workshops by visiting artists.

Our Ceramics and Glass Workshops have a real ‘wow’ factor, rivalling any art school around the country.