Thursday, 24 May 2012


Friday 25 May
From the grace and simplicity of the Queensberry Hunt display to the ritual and performance of mealtimes and their material culture, indulge in the many pleasures of dining - in form, function and feasting.
All events are free and places designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

DJ set Jason Singh – V&A Sound Artist in Residence
Grand Entrance
Join DJ Jason Singh as he digs deep in his record bag for an evening of lively tunes.

Sound Installation
Ceramics,  Room 136
What sound would a pot make if you could play it? Listen in on a specially commissioned collaboration by V&A Sound Artist in Residence Jason Singh and V&A Ceramicist in Residence Louisa Taylor, as they combine the sounds of the ceramicist at work and the inherent harmonics of the clay vessel.
Tableware Amnesty
Grand Entrance
Divulge the stories behind your beloved tableware items. Whether ‘borrowed’ from mum, lent to a friend, broken at a party or left behind when moving house. For one night only Linda Florence, Jake Ford, Tom Mower and Sian Weston form a creative alliance through which you can pay homage to your cherished pieces and the memories that accompany them.
Hands-on with Manifold
Ceramics Study Room
19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30 & 21.00
Duration 20 minutes
Step into a real ceramic studio and make your very own piece of tableware. The artists from Studio Manifold will demonstrate clay techniques and talk you through this hands-on workshop. 'Coil' a cup, 'slab-build' a saucer, or 'pinch' a sugar bowl. Then walk away with your finished object!
The Art of Dining
Ceramics Study Room
19.00-19.30, 20.00-20.30 & 21.00-21.30
Join The Art of Dining in the officer's mess for a WWII inspired pudding. The London based pop-up restaurant is offering a unique dining experience. You are invited to a sit down tasting complete with art, music and props.  Menu: Earl grey infused cream, with chocolate and caraway bread and butter pudding (contains dairy, wheat and may contain traces of nuts).
Tickets are free and available from the Information Desk in the Grand Entrance from 18.30
Tea Tasting with 1600
Sackler Centre, Art Studio
18.45, 19.30, 20.15 & 21.00
Peter Ting and Timothy d’Offay, renowned British ceramicist and tea-smith, joined forces two years ago to design 3-cup shapes to enhance the drinking experience of green, black and fragrant teas. Learn from the best with this workshop on the preparation, serving and savouring of Britain’s favourite beverage.
Utensil making with Ndidi Ekubia
Sackler Centre, Design Studio
19.00-20.00 & 20.15-21.15
Discover the fine art of silversmithing and fashion your own bespoke spoon with silversmith Ndidi Ekubia.
Places limited to 20, first 10 admitted 18.45. Second 10 admitted 20.10. Tickets free and available from the Information Desk in the Grand Entrance from 18.30.
Ceramic pattern workshop
Sackler Centre, Lunchroom 1
Have you ever wanted to create your own ceramics pattern? Join emerging ceramics designer Bethan Lloyd Worthington in a paper-based design workshop. Enter our competition and the 5 best designs will be printed on ceramic and sent to the winners.
Winners announced in the Grand Entrance at 21.30
Louisa Taylor
Resident Ceramic Studio
Visit the V&A Residency Studio to meet Ceramicist in Residence, Louisa Taylor. Find out about her research, creative practice and work in progress.
Ceramic residency supported by John & Catherine Armitage and William & Valerie Brake
Ceramics Prototypes by Denby Pottery
Sackler Centre Reception
With almost 200 years of experience, join Denby’s Design Team for a demonstration of their design processes and manufacturing techniques with an exclusive look at recent prototypes.
How to Lay the Perfect Table
Sackler Centre, Seminar Room 1
No tableware event would be complete without a discerningly laid table. Peter Ting traces the history of our table settings with an attention to detail that is nothing short of perfection.
We would politely ask patrons to remain for the duration of the performance.
Emma Bridgewater and Matthew Rice
Sackler Centre, Hochhauser Auditorium
The leading design partners behind Emma Bridgewater Ltd discuss their shared passions, collaborative processes and personal insights. This talk will reveal their commitment to pottery and British manufacture with humour and family anecdotes.
A History of Dining: walking tour
Meet at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance
Join the V&A’s Padgett and Braham Curator Ann Eatwell for a guided tour of dining cultures through the ages, highlighting ceramics, glass and utensils in the Museum’s extensive collections.
Sensible footwear recommended. Please let the tour guide know if you need extra assistance.
Queensberry Hunt in conversation
Ceramics Galleries, meet at the Information Desk in the Grand Entrance
Martin Hunt and David Queensberry, specialists in the design of tableware and household ceramics, will be in conversation with Alun Graves, V&A Curator of Ceramics.  Topics covered will include their unique synthesis of tradition and innovation, craft and technology, beauty and utility.
Prize Draw
Guess how many regular cups of tea would fill the giant Queensberry Hunt tea cup in Gallery 140. The winner will be announced and a prize awarded in the Grand Entrance at 21.30

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Two Day Porcelain Masterclass at V&A 31st May & 1st June- book now

Ceramics Course with Louisa Taylor, V&A Museum

Contact: V&A Bookings Office


Skills Studio: Ceramics Practice at the V&A
Special Price £20.00 as part of the Residency Programme
Two day throwing and form manipulation course with current V&A Ceramics Resident Louisa Taylor
Concentrate on throwing and form manipulation skills with porcelain. Enhance your skills in throwing on the wheel and explore new methods that combine throwing, hand building and construction techniques.
Participants will have the opportunity to work with Louisa Taylor who has been researching new techniques in this area during her six month residency at the V&A.
Thursday 31 May – Friday 1 June, 10.10–16.15
For more information visit:
Supported by John & Catherine Armitage and William & Valerie Brake
Suitable for practitioners, degree level students and people doing professional apprenticeships. Attendees must be at a confident, intermediate level or above in throwing using a pottery wheel. Experience of throwing in porcelain would be beneficial but not essential.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Refining the making process

This week I have been refining a couple of the forms that have developed during the course of the residency. I have been playing around with textures in the bases and combining this with thrown and assembled sections. The textures in the bases of these pieces include spaghetti and assorted wall paper patterns. I'm very interested in the roles of women as homemakers and I am exploring the relationship between the choice of textures and creating a reference to domesticity.

From a visual/form perspective I have been experimenting with the shape of the rims, I am liking the chunky ridged edge compared to the fine rim - has a sturdy robust feel to it compared to the latter. I'll be interested to hear any thoughts or comments.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Moving to a new studio

Packing up and moving out

My husband dismantles my kiln ready to load it into the van

Empty space so sad - all the hustle and creativity it has harvested during the last 5 years

During Easter I waved farewell to my Cockpit studio and said hello to my new studio in Forest Hill. The new studio is a 15 min walk from my house which will make things a lot easier. It's also my own room (I shared a space at Cockpit). I will definitely miss the community at Cockpit but I will be back as alumni for the summer open studios 22nd-24th June 2012.

Here are some photos of the move - sorry no image of my new space - it's too much of a mess to show you just yet!

In the meantime here is my new address:

Unit G3
Whirled Art Studios
118 Standstead Road
Forest Hill
SE23 1BX

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Ceramics Studio Cabinets - Installing today

18th Century Pickle pots mixed in with my interpretations

My work on display in the middle cabinet

Today I have been working with Assistant Ceramics Curator, Catrin Jones. We have spent the morning opening the cabinets in the galleries and choosing objects to display in the glass cases that face my studio. This has been an opportunity to exhibit some of my maquettes alongside the original pieces - the intention for this display is to grow and develop as I create more objects and slot them in over the coming weeks. It is very much a work in progress display because many of the objects that I have created are quick sketches/mock ups. I am enjoying watching visitors look in to the cabinets and then do a double take as they realise all is not as it seems!

The middle cabinet is a display of my current work, it's good to show visitors a story of how my work is progressing during the residency.

The cabinet on the left hand side contains objects I have chosen from the collection that I feel address function in interesting ways. My favourite object is the 18th Century Queen Charlotte Supper Set piece. You may have seen how this piece has influenced my work in previous years......

Original Queen Charlotte Supper Set 18th Century

Oriole Supper Set 2009

Monday, 12 March 2012

work in progress

Here are some pieces that are inspiring me at the moment

18th century pickle pots

Monday, 5 March 2012

Louisa on BBC Radio Somerset

I was interviewed about the residency for BBC Somerset radio this morning. Here is the link if you would like to hear it.

Scroll through to 1:55 on the bar