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CoCA: Women and Clay: Gendered Form

Women and Clay: Gendered Form

16th June, 4.30-6pm

A symposia exploring the research of Dr Jarah Das and Dr Jenni Sorkin into women in the field of ceramics during the 20th century.


16 June 2021 - 16.30-18:00 (GMT+1)

4.30 - Welcome, Dr Helen Walsh, Curator of Ceramics, CoCA, York Art Gallery

4.35 - Live Form: A Biography, Dr Jenni Sorkin

This talk will trace the history of writing and researching Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community (University of Chicago Press, 2016), while providing an overview of the book itself, and its afterlife among ceramics communities in the U.S.

5.05 - Questions

5.15 - Comfort break

5.20 - Body Vessel Clay, Dr Jareh Das in conversation with Rebecca Hone, Head of Exhibitions at Two Temple Place

Since 2011, Two Temple Place have been showcasing publicly owned collections from around the UK. 2022 marks their 10th exhibition in a show that will explore the ceramic medium through artworks by three generations of Black women artists working in clay. Body Vessel Clay spans 70 years of ceramics, celebrating the medium in new and surprising ways. Beginning with the seminal Nigerian potter, Ladi Kwali, and exploring her impact on 1950s British studio pottery, this new exhibition will bring together historical and experimental new works by women working with clay today.

5.50 - Questions

6.00 - Close


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