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Opportunities are abuntant regardless the form they come in, from volunteering to paid work no matter how short the time period. The question is what do we learn and take forward form the experience, here's what i've learned...


Here's what i've learned... regarding public art commisions:

1) That no matter how well thought out and unque your work/proposals are, as well as all the indepth details you cover. You are heavily required to follow the rules and regulations of what others dictate to even get project approval from local councils to art council funding - yet it still might not be enough.

2) I've always believed there had been two aspects of ceramic's - functional or scultural, until now where I discovered architectural ceramic's is a possibility. Where I realised clay can still be formated into a three dimensional setting, so long as you make detailed plans regarding scale, size, structure, number of components involved etc.


3) There is no shame in out sourcing to companies and traders, aspects of your work you cannot simply do yourself. Who bring in the right materials/skills to complie the work into its finalised form. As at the end of the day we cannot cover everything and its always better to get it right first time. If you can find contractors prepared to take on project's that do not conform to tradional building construction/conversion in the first place...

Kay Aplin - Bidwell Public Art Commission, Feburary - June 2023.

I am very proud to have the opportunity to work with ceramicist Kay Aplin on her Bidwell Public Art commission. I am impressed and inspired by her ability to push boundaries on how ceramics as a craft medium plays a part in our landscape and more importantly how we interact with it. Especially on an international stage, I will always be grateful for this opportunity!

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