My involvement with ceramics spans more than 40 years and over this time I have found a significant gap between the informal and the formalized study of ceramics. 'The Mentorship Programme' was an idea that I had had in my mind for some time before I began presenting it at the beginning of 2010. I am constantly amazed by the results and the breakthroughs that I see in the work of the participants.
The Mentorship Programme is designed for anyone serious about ceramics and wanting to make a deeper connection with their work. The reasons for participating on this programme are numerous, and yet the aim is clear: to take your work to the next level. It could also be looked at as an on-going journey for those wanting to stretch the boundaries of their work and to create an identity through the medium of ceramics, a ceramic ‘signature’ so to speak.
The purpose of the programme is to give the participants insight into what it is they want to be making and also to assist with the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of it. Critical assessment of work plays a significant role in the programme as will exploration into what it is that informs one’s work. The programme runs over 6 sessions, once a month over a period of 6 months.
Please be aware that this is not a practical class, but rather an opportunity for discussion, assessment, feedback and debate.