Conference 2018

Restating Clay: Making, Learning, Communicating & Collecting Contemporary Studio Ceramics

19 & 20 March 2018 – Centre for Ceramic Art (CoCA), York Art Gallery, York

The Restating Clay conference will bring together potters, artists, curators, academics, students, collectors, gallerists and enthusiasts from the UK and beyond, to share experience and knowledge about the issues that matter to the sector. Delegate will have the opportunity to engage in an exciting programme of talks, panel discussions, demonstrations, films, posters, store and exhibition visits.

The conference is generously supported by a grant from Arts Council England’s Museums Resilience Fund and is a collaboration between York Museums Trust, the University of York and York College.

Ticket Prices

Day 1 – Full Price: £40

Day 1 – Concession (Student, Retired, Unwaged, Friend of York Art Gallery): £20

Day 1 and 2 – Full Price: SOLD OUT

Day 1 and 2 – Concession (Student, Retired, Unwaged, Friend of York Art Gallery): SOLD OUT

Conference venues and times:

Day 1 – 19th March 2017:

9.30 – 12.30 – Pre-conference events programme of tours and visits (details sent to registered delegates with booking confirmation)

13.00 – 17.15 – The Yorkshire Museum – Registration from midday

18.00 – 19.30 – York Art Gallery – Drinks reception


Day 2 – 20th March 2017:

09.00 – 17.00 – King’s Manor


Keynote speakers and themes

The conference programme is arranged around four thematic pathways, each introduced by an internationally renowned keynote speaker:

  1. Make/Promote/Collect – exploring ways to develop, promote and sell ceramics.

Keynote speaker: Garth Clark, preeminent curator, gallerist, writer and critic, currently Chief Editor for the non-profit CFile Foundation, a global online campus for contemporary ceramics in art, design, architecture and technology that broadcasts daily from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  1.  Adapt/Respond/Advocate – questioning the state of the discipline; opportunities, challenges and the future of contemporary studio ceramics.

Keynote speaker: Linda Sormin, artist-educator whose objects and site-responsive installations – exploring issues of fragility, aggression, mobility, survival and regeneration – have been exhibited internationally. She is Associate Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

  1. Investigate/Reflect/Exhibit – examining approaches to researching, curating, interpreting and writing about ceramics.

Keynote speaker: Wendy Gers, art director and independent curator, internationally recognised for her pioneering research in the domains of ceramic art, design and theory. She is a founding coordinator of La Céramique Comme Experience (CCE) at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts, Limoges, France.

  1. Instigate/Educate/Nurture – considering teaching, learning, and professional development, to maintain and maximise creative practice.

Keynote speaker: Jennifer Zwilling, Curator of Artistic Programmes at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. She joined The Clay Studio in January 2015 from the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she was most recently Assistant Curator for American Decorative Arts and Contemporary Craft.

Further Programme Details

Paul Greenhalgh, Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, will introduce the keynote speakers and provide closing remarks and reflects at the end of the two-day event.

Other contributors include: Christie Brown, Shlomit Bauman, Steve Dixon, Susan Halls, Andrew Livingstone, Paul March, Phoebe Cummings, Eva Masterman and many more.

The conference is supported by PotClays.

Restating Clay Conference – Presentations