James Oughtibridge Masterday

James Oughtibridge Masterday
Don’t miss out on this brilliant masterday! We recommend you book in advance to be guaranteed a place. 
 
Date:           10th May
 
Venue:         The Oast Theatre, Hildenborough, Kent.
 
Time:           10.00am to 4.00p.m
 
Cost:            £15.00 for members, £30.00 for non-members
 
Booking:      Jean McCree on 01892 539690 after 6 p.m
                      Please send a non-refundable cheque, made out to KPAto 22 Newton Road, Tunbridge Wells,
                    TN1 1RU.  Enclose an SAE if you want a receipt.
 
Lunch:          Bring and Share, please tell Jean what you intend to bring when you book in.
 
We are very pleased to be welcoming James to Kent, to hear about his journey with clay and to observe at first hand the formation of his enticingly curvaceous sculptures.
 
This is from his website:
Curved sections of clay are constructed with numerous planes and perspectives, inviting the viewer to peer inside a world of contorted shadows.  Pieces often appear to float, with no visible flat base creating a tension with their surroundings.  The structures, initially overpowering, hold delicate and enticing surfaces, with many hours spent refining, scraping and sanding surfaces to create gentle flowing curves.
 Layers of slips, stains and oxides are applied and fired to 1240 degrees.  The dark and light granulated surface and imposing colour creates shadows and areas that invite closer inspection.
 
This is from his Artist Profile:
I was first drawn to clay back in 1995 on an Art Foundation course under the guidance of raku Artist David Roberts.  I was immediately struck by the way it could be turned into almost anything.  After this exciting introduction to the material I gained a place at Loughborough University, and began developing a range of making processes.  The physicality of the making and the challenge to work on a large scale has always been at the forefront of my work.Image
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By Ian Ramage