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Ceramics and Archaeology: E17 Art Trail Idea Sparks Talk Series
Mon 13 February 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 GMT
Ceramic artist Raewyn Harrison and archaeologist Mike Webber met on a Thames Foreshore walk. Come and hear how they collaborated to make a Thames Foreshore for Walthamstow at the Walthamstow Garden Party last summer.
Mike Webber worked as a field archaeologist for more than 10 years before specialising in the archaeology of the Thames foreshore. Since then he has worked in community-based archaeology, interpretation and education. The focus for this work has been the artefacts, particularly ceramics, found on London’s beaches.
It is through his search to find new, inclusive ways to provide access to Thames archaeology that Mike has come to art.
Raewyn Harrison is a London-based ceramic artist who grew up by the sea in New Zealand. Both locations deeply influence her work. She creates porcelain collections with a strong narrative based on sites and structures that fascinate her.
The River Thames is a constant source of inspiration and led her to delve into the archives of Elizabethan maps and 18th century panoramas of London. Fragments of these images form the basis of her Mud Larking series. (www.raewynharrison.com).
Raewyn and Mike have formed a professional collaboration combining expertise in the history of the Thames (explored through fragments of the past found on its beaches) with hands-on experience of working with clay.
They met on the Thames Foreshore at an event hosted by Clayground Collective. (www.claygroundcollective.org) Mike offered to loan Raewyn some of his Thames-found artefacts for a project she was working on. In return, he asked for a few moulds .….
To spark ideas in the run up to the next E17 Art Trail dedicated to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Mathematics) we are holding a series of six lively monthly talks in Walthamstow. Featuring artists and experts in science, geology and maths: we want to inspire the community to think about, generate and develop ideas based on STEAM topics in time for when registration for the E17 Art Trail opens in early 2017. Join us for lively panel discussions, debates, workshops, demonstrations and drinks.
Image courtesy Raewyn Harrison and Mike Webber, Walthamstow Garden Party 2015, William Morris Gallery lawns, Lloyd Park.