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Re-Apprenticed. Exhibited in - Cont{R}act Earth. First Central China International Ceramics Biennale

BROWNSWORD, Neil (2016) Re-Apprenticed. Exhibited in - Cont{R}act Earth. First Central China International Ceramics Biennale. [Artefact]

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‘Relic’ – a mixed media and film work that originated out of Re-Apprenticed (first shown at the British Ceramics Biennial 2015), was selected to represent the UK in Cont{r}act Earth, The First Central China International Ceramics Biennale (2016). Writer and critic Dr Wendy Gers curated Relic to negotiate the exhibitions sub-theme of ‘Global Ceramics Legacies’, which deals with ceramic heritage and our relationship with the past and post-industrial ceramics situations in the West. Cont{r}act Earth represented an expansive survey of contemporary art from leading international artists and designers and was grounded in contemporary artistic investigations of our Anthropocene age, the earth, and relationships with our environment. The exhibition represented 42 installations by 50 artists from 20 countries.

Relic comprised of five lead and wood plinths that present taxonomies of china clay flowers deconstructed to arrest sequences of haptic knowledge, together with a film loop demonstrating the nuances of ceramic colour preparation.

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Additional Information: Re-Apprenticed examines the complexities of craft and material knowledge retained by a senior generation of ex-artisans from North Staffordshire’s ceramic industry. Deemed outmoded or economically unviable for contemporary ceramic manufacture, there currently exists no apprenticeship system to secure the effective transfer of these skills for the future. The endangered practices of the engraver, flower maker and china painter were the focus of Re-apprenticed, whereby Brownsword archived the transmission and acquisition of knowledge via a direct apprenticeship to these artisans. Through methodologies that intersect experimental archaeology, ethnography and artistic practice, Brownsword’s artistic mediation of what was an intergenerational practice, offered unique insights into ‘hidden’ actions that accrue to meet the demands of each craft. Nuances of embodied knowledge, procedural memory and material preparation, were deconstructed into a range of object and filmic works. Deftness of touch, tool use, pace, timing and repetitive action were made tangible, enabling rare access to each craftsperson’s internalized set of rules and operations. By restaging former artisanal practices, Brownsword also opened up important oral testimony to offer insights into recent transitions in the ceramic industry. These have influenced the critical perspectives of prominent scholars, such as Prof. Ezra Shales writing about marginalised industrial skill in his publication, The Shape of Craft (2018). http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/display.asp?ISB=9781780238227
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Event Title: cont{R}act earth - First Central China International Ceramics Biennale
Event Location: Henan Museum, 8 Nongye Rd, Jinshui Qu, Zhengzhou Shi Henan Sheng, China, 450000
Event Dates: 9 December 2016 to 12 March 2017
Depositing User: Neil BROWNSWORD
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 13:58
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2019 13:58
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/5304

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