Open Access awards round 2: Ruskin – A Presentation With A Difference

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About the project:

Ruth Durrant is a ceramic artist/community artist who is inspired by nature and celtic knotwork. She also enjoys local history and has decided to combine both interests in to one project.

“Some years ago as a teenager I visited Wednesbury Art Gallery. In a small room I saw a cabinet full of ceramics made by a local company. I had never seen such wonderfully shaped, vibrantly coloured glazes that were full of movement. 

Although I didn’t think much about Ruskin Pottery after the visit it must have embedded itself in my memory as years later when I began pottery lessons and later as a mature undergraduate studying ceramics those glazes kept on resurfacing (pun intended!).”

What Ruth will do with the award:

This project is a presentation/performance based on a day in the life of an employee of Ruskin Pottery who gives out information about how the pottery started, the spectacular glazes and the how of the pottery ended all whilst chatting to the audience during her lunch break/working day. 

There will also be opportunity for audience participation and encouragement to visit Birmingham Art Gallery  and Wednesbury Art Gallery (the holder of the largest public collection of Ruskin).