At the 2013 NCECA ( Nation Council on Education for the Ceramic Art) Paulus Berenson was made an Honorary Member of NCECA, a 10,000 strong organisation representing artists throughout the USA. This edit from the film was played as part of the ceremony.
For more information on Paulus Berensohn the documentary about his life and work go to: springfromthehand.com
A profile by Ian Skelly of Rowena Brown, whose portraits of abandoned houses are much in demand around the world. This film demonstrates the process she uses to make them. It involves the ancient Japanese Raku technique of firing ceramics in a very hot kiln then dousing them in flaming sawdust.
"CraftCube: Twisted Grey Loop" features a set of two synchronized short films which together form a protrait of the work of potter Merete Rasmussen. The film reveals the ceramic processes involved in the creation of the piece entitled "Twisted Grey Loop" and together they form the audio visual content produced by The Light Surgeons for the Craft Coucil's set of touring installations, know as The CraftCube initiative.
In this instant, the film on the top was projected onto a large projection surface on the wall of the CraftCube, while the film on the bottom was presented through large plasma screen embedded into the surface of a display case, which also houses the finished object its self.
The CraftCube initiative presents new and exciting ways of displaying, interpreting and accessing contemporary craft with a focus on new technology.
The programme has been developed to showcase objects from the Crafts Council Collection - CraftCube: Collection - and to champion the work of Research Fellows that are at the cutting edge of contemporary practice - CraftCube: Research. Each CraftCube is an individual display environment, including objects and interpretation.
Sam's interest lies in where craft processes lie in contemporary design. In this project he subverted one of the oldest crafts in existence, the coiling of clay, by automating the process using an extruding machine. Once fired this uniform layered construct of ceramic produces startling results, the ceramic actually behaves like a spring.
The dip dying process is again another process not usually associated with ceramics, however Sam found that the porosity of the work lended itself to absorbing colour. The piece is of no practical function but demonstrates how, once put under different conditions, we can still cause a material to behave completely unexpectedly.