THE ‘FEET OF CLAY: CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS’ EXHIBITION IS ON AT KESTLE BARTON NEAR HELSTON BETWEEN 10 SEPTEMBER AND 29 OCTOBER 2022. PREPARE FOR AN UNIQUELY CORNISH JOURNEY THROUGH CERAMIC ART
It isn’t often you get to travel to a beautiful Cornish countryside location to admire fascinating and thought-provoking pieces of ceramic art. But this exhibition at gorgeous Kestle Barton near Helston offers just that: fascinating ceramic works in a unique rural setting alongside the stunning Helford River. And a big bonus? It’s all inspired by that oh-so-local material (no, not tin!): clay.
‘Feet of Clay: Contemporary Ceramics’ is at Kestle Barton between 10 September and 29 October 2022. It features the works of artists Phoebe Collings-James, Saelia Aparicio, Simon Bayliss and Attua Aparicio Torinos, as well as Rosanna Martin and St Austell‘s ‘Brickfield’ project. The free exhibition, which is curated by Rebecca Lewin, is named after ‘a dream described in the Old Testament’.
The exhibition, say the organisers, is both ‘inspired by the cultures of humans’ and by ‘non-humans’ and includes recycled materials and living organisms, as well as, of course, clay itself. The organisers also say that the artists ‘meditate on the tension between the negative spaces of mines and quarries and the positive act of creating that is made possible as a result’ of humans being such an integral part of clay production and its uses.
The ancient Cornish farmstead of Kestle Barton sits above the idyllic Helford River not far from either Helston or Falmouth. One of its beautiful barns became a gallery back in 2010 after the owners undertook an award-winning conservation and conversion project. This Cornish ceramics exhibition is the latest in a rolling programme of arts events and exhibitions at the property. See you there!