Anne Gibbs, a graduate from the CSAD Ceramics Masters programme and associate lecturer on the Ceramics course, delivered a fascinating lecture about the modes of visual research that underpin her evolving aesthetic. Students were taken on a virtual journey from being tutored in the Japanese art of Ikebana; the symbolism and study of Flower arrangement, to the impact of residencies in Philadelphia, Scotland and the inspiration of the Welsh landscape. She spoke of the significance of relating her life to her art; that walking in nature, holding conversations, as well as concerted time in the studio, each contribute to her aesthetic understanding.
Anne’s latest exhibition at the Mission Gallery, set to tour to Ruthin and Aberwystyth, was part of the ‘Language of Clay’ a project devised by Ceri Jones at Fieldwork: 3 ceramics artists to tour solo exhibitions around 6 galleries in Wales over 3 years.
CSAD Ceramics has been a part of this project as it unfolds. In return for our students demonstrating the extended importance of exhibition practices through devising drawing resources and raising media attention, we have been gifted by visits from each of the artists involved: Anna Noel in 2016, a visit by Anne Gibbs 2017 and a trip to see Micki Schloessingk later in the year.