KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

2017, SEPTEMBER

BRITISH CERAMICS BIENNIAL

ARTIST KEITH HARRISON – ‘KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, 6 TOWNS’

Keith Harrison was commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent libraries and archives in association with the British Ceramics Biennial to create a clay archive. As the books were being made they were being fired on the fire prove shelves, which made the books have an unpredictable effect. I assisted with public workshops which enabled the community to take part in the making of these books. I volunteered for 2 weeks making these clay replica’s of the historical books in Stoke-on-Trent libraries and archives. 

REFLECTION

I volunteered at the British Ceramics Biennial, in September 2017. This experience involved assisting mixed age creative individuals in workshops, I found the experience inspiring and enjoyable, as a result of my determination to teach. The workshops were lead by leaders from the festival, whom have been working with Keith Harrison on this project for a few months prior to the workshops starting. The project was very ambitious and my task as a volunteer, working for 2 weeks, was to encourage and assist making the clay books, ensuring we would meet our targeted amount of completed clay books, ready for the exhibition opening.

My work got extended after the week and I continued to volunteer in the exhibition part of the shop, for the biennial. They needed extra assistance with preparing and varnishing the tables for displaying artwork. I enjoyed being apart of the creative community, and I hope to continue this work in future projects.