Celeste McEvoy & Gareth Barker's ceramics.

Late Works: SLIP

Concept

A fashion designer creates a custom garment for a dancer, who improvises movement in the centre of a circle of potters. The potters simultaneously create works in response to the movement of the dancer and the forms created by the garment.

Once the ceramics are fired, they are exhibited and performed with by the dancer, for an open still life/life drawing session. A group of artists are asked to participate, documenting the event in book form.

slip = movement = slip = garment = slip = clay = slip = paper

Lexicon

/slɪp/
• (movement) relative movement of an object or surface and a solid surface in contact with it
• (garment) a loose fitting garment, typically a short petticoat
• (clay) a creamy mixture of clay, water, and typically a pigment of some kind, used especially for decorating earthenware
• (paper) a small piece of paper, typically a form for writing on or one giving printed information

Specifics

• Thrown pottery (on a wheel) is ideal, as this is the origin of the idea (almost constant movement) however hand built ceramics still works.

• During the making stage, the dancing is broken up into several sessions across one day: 45 min. dance + response (+ 15 min. break) (x3) for the sculpting, followed by a long break for the ceramics to dry enough for slip to be applied. Dancing resumes for the slip stage, with one last 45 min. dance + response. The ceramics are then left to dry and are fired.

• Ceramicists must use only black and white slip.

• There should be slips of paper available in the making stage so the ceramicists can sketch any ideas.

•Reclaimed clay was used, and is encouraged.

Credits

Fashion Designer:
Rosie Broadhead

Dancer:
Kaivalya Brewerton

Ceramicists:
Gareth Barker
Amelia Brokenbrow
Duncan Hooson
Celeste McEvoy
Jessica Parnell
Ellie Redfern

Camera:
Mathias Karl Gontard

Sound Design:
Joseph Bradley Hill & Patrick Fitzgerald

Concept:
Joseph Bradley Hill & Nathalie Hollis / Second Skin Costumed Life Drawing

With thanks to Duncan Hooson & Linda Bloomfield!

A selection of three ceramics from each artist:

All ceramics were made at stage one of SLIP (February 2020) in response to the movements of the dancer Kaivalya, and exhibited at stage two (March 2022) as part of an open drawing session, where Kaivalya moved in response to the objects.

Gareth Barker:

Gareth Barker's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Gareth Barker's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Gareth Barker's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.

Amelia Brokenbrow:

Amelia Brokenbrow's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Amelia Brokenbrow's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Amelia Brokenbrow's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Ellie Redfern, Jessica Parnell & Gareth Barker's ceramics from Late Works SLIP.

Duncan Hooson:

Duncan Hooson's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Duncan Hooson's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Duncan Hooson's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.

Celeste McEvoy:

Celeste McEvoy's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Celeste McEvoy's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Celeste McEvoy's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Amelia Brokenbrow & Gareth Barker's ceramics from Late Works SLIP.

Jessica Parnell:

Jessica Parnell's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Jessica Parnell's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Jessica Parnell's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.

Ellie Redfern:

Ellie Redfern's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Ellie Redfern's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.
Ellie Redfern's ceramic from Late Works SLIP.

Screenshots from the film made at the first stage:

Kaivalya Brewerton sweeping her hands across the floor as part of her movement for Late Works SLIP.
Gareth Barker pushing a pot downwards on a wheel for Late Works SLIP.
Close up of one of Gareth Barker's pots for Late Works SLIP.
A close up of Kaivalya Brewerton's body curled up as part of her movement for Late Works SLIP.
A close up of Duncan Hooson's hands moulding clay on a wheel as part of Late Works SLIP.
Amelia Brokenbrow sat at a wheel examining her ceramics in process at Late Works SLIP.
Kaivalya Brewerton curled up in a ball on the floor as part of her movement for Late Works SLIP.
A close up of Amelia Brokenbrow's pots she made for Late Works SLIP.
A close up of Kaivalya Brewerton's hand and foot touching on the floor as part of her movement for Late Works SLIP.
A close up of Kaivalya Brewerton's arm outstretched on the floor as part of her movement for Late Works SLIP.
A selection of pots that were made at Late Works SLIP
Amelia Brokenbrow, Nathalie Hollis, Celeste McEvoy & Gareth Barker standing examining the pots they made at Late Works SLIP.

A selection of three drawings from each artist:

All drawings were made at stage two of SLIP (March 2022) by a selection of artists who were invited specifically to document the event as part of the audience.

Otis Blease:

Otis Blease sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Otis Blease sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Otis Blease sketch from Late Works: SLIP

Hannah Buckman:

Hannah Buckman sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Hannah Buckman sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Hannah Buckman sketch from Late Works: SLIP

Melina Doumy:

Melina Doumy sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Melina Doumy sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Melina Doumy sketch from Late Works: SLIP

Archie Fooks-Smith:

Nathalie Hollis sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Archie Fooks-Smith sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Archie Fooks-Smith sketch from Late Works: SLIP

Nathalie Hollis:

Nathalie Hollis sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Nathalie Hollis sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Nathalie Hollis sketch from Late Works: SLIP

Fergus Polglase:

Fergus Polglase sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Fergus Polglase sketch from Late Works: SLIP
Fergus Polglase sketch from Late Works: SLIP

More information about the artists:

Amelia Brokenbrow

aka / part of

Amelia Brokenbrow is a potter based in Brighton. She makes functional tableware for everyday use.

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Amelia Brokenbrow

Archie Fooks-Smith

aka / part of

Born 1995, Bury St Edmunds, UK Lives and works in London, UK.

Participant in Late Works:

Paperweight II, SLIP, By Ear

Archie Fooks-Smith

Celeste McEvoy

aka / part of

BLOAT, Smok Gang

Celeste McEvoy (b. 1994, London) is an artist exploring her personal relationship with social mobility and the desire for total assimilation. Often presenting roadside debris and found objects alongside her ceramics as means of ethnographic collection, her work investigates themes of aspiration, hierarchy and the need for cultural capital. Recent solo shows include (IF YOU DON’T PLAY), YOU CAN’T BE A WINNER (213 Kupfer Projects, London), Thirst Prize (with Corbin Shaw, Changing Room Gallery, London), SAVELOY SPEEDWAY (MocaThanet, Kent). Recent group shows include Into the Fire (Grove Collective, London), Material Curing (Thames-side Studios, London), Smok Gang (Penthouse Gallery, Margate), McEvoy studied painting at Camberwell College of Arts.

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Celeste McEvoy

Duncan Hooson

aka / part of

Clayground Collective

Duncan is Head of the Ceramics Department at Morley College and Associate Lecturer BA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins. He has co-authored The Workshop Guide to Ceramics with Tony Quinn, published by Thames and Hudson. He is a long-standing member of the Craft Potters Association. Duncan is co-director of Clayground Collective, with his colleague Julia Rowntree, an arts educational organisation committed to skills sharing around ceramics.

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Duncan Hooson

Ellie Redfern

aka / part of

Ellie is an artist and ceramicist from Cambridge, currently based in South London. She studied at UAL: Camberwell College of Arts where she received a BA in 3D Design.

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Ellie Redfern

Fergus Polglase

aka / part of

Fergus Polglase paints colourful highly imaginative & often humorous works that predominantly explore subjects on pop culture, violence & masculinity in various forms. His paintings are frequently semi-improvised, letting the story of the piece unfold as he paints; with layer upon layer slowly revealing & presenting new ideas & directions until the finished work has finally formed.

Participant in Late Works:

Paperweight, 3, By Ear, SLIP

Fergus Polglase

Gareth Barker

aka / part of

Gareth Barker is a ceramic artist, maker & workshop facilitator making wheel thrown, hand built & slip cast objects.

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Gareth Barker

Hannah Buckman

aka / part of

Hannah Buckman studied Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts in 2015 and now maintains a career in freelance illustration. She joined The Drawing Year in 2019 seeking space and time to draw without a specific end goal, and has since developed a practice around painting and drawing, building psychological spaces from experience and imagination in the hope of unearthing and interrogating subconscious biases. 

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Hannah Buckman

Jessica Parnell

aka / part of

Born 1980, Shoreham by Sea, Jess Parnell is an artist based in the UK and online. A graduate in the BA Fine Art at Westminster, and the MA in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University; She is a multi-media artist whose practice has encompassed sculpture, drawing, performance, video-making, installation, and poetry. She works professionally as an Art Psychotherapist, specialising in addictions treatment. As an artist Jess works in connection with liminal states of experience; transformation, stagnation and growth. Meaning, Art in spontaneous action, the process, mess, slap-stick, humour, carelessness, intuition and slap-dash execution. In direct and indirect ways her artistic practice draws into play aspects of psychoanalytic theory, folklore, ritual, alchemy, dream, and myth. These provide essential food for her own creative ‘senses’ and inward and outward connection. The making of her work is as much about creating meaning, making sense and non-sense out of existence as it is a spiritual journey. 

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Jessica Parnell

Kaivalya Brewerton

aka / part of

Kaivalya Brewerton is a multidisciplinary artist, specializing in dance, performance art, and moving image. Born. 1995. London - Los Angeles.

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Kaivalya Brewerton

Melina Doumy

aka / part of

Melina Doumy graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art in 2018 and joined The Drawing Year in 2019. Melina’s practice is rooted in drawing from memory and observation, sourcing a rich bank of experiences from her Mediterranean heritage as well as imagery from art history and archaeology. Interested in the function of mythical narratives as metaphors for the human nature, she creates imaginative spaces inhabited by creatures shrouded in ambiguity.

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Melina Doumy

Nathalie Hollis

aka / part of

Second Skin Costumed Life Drawing

Nathalie Hollis translates visual scenes into physical experiences through lyrical and expressive mark making. Often drawing from theatre and performance, her work harnesses the urgency and dynamism of life in movement, articulating on paper lives moving in sticky synchronicity. Capturing the immediacy of the medium, Nathalie’s drawings tread the careful line between chaos and composure. Alongside her own artwork, Nathalie runs a costumed life drawing class which combines her love of theatre, set design and costume to create an immersive artistic experience for others.

Participant in Late Works:

Paperweight II, By Ear, SLIP

Nathalie Hollis

Otis Blease

aka / part of

Otis Blease (b. 1996 Bristol, lives and works in London) is influenced by the city’s constant state of motion. In contrast to where he grew up in Cornwall, this adds an energy and spontaneity to his practice. Through a mixture of observation and imagination, Otis often creates scenes of figures engaged with either themselves or others in mysterious activities. Working with mixed media materials he explores feelings of excitement and anxiety in his work, interested in the way the polarities of life can seem both thrilling and mundane simultaneously. His recent works start to draw on memories from childhood, a time where feelings of excitement and boredom were both regularly experienced. This was the time when he learnt his place in the world, exploring and making mistakes.

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP, By Ear

Otis Blease

Rosie Broadhead

aka / part of

Rosie Broadhead is an apparel designer and researcher specialising in biomaterials in the fashion industry. Founder of therapeutic clothing brand Skin Series and Textile Scientist at Ghent University. Her current research focuses on the skin microbiome and probiotics therapy as a solution for antibacterial finishes in textile which utilises technology that works in synergy with the body. Rosie is a graduate of Central Saint Martins’ MA ‘Material Futures’ course and has a background as designer and Head of Sustainability at sportswear brand Perfect Moment and R&D at Rapha. Rosie’s work has been showcased during Milan Design Week, Dutch Design Week, London Design Festival and exhibited at Museum De Fundatie, The Design Museum, Naturalis Museum. Her work has been featured by the BBC and in publications including Forbes, British Vogue, i-D and The New York Times. Through her interest in the skin and clothing interaction, her research focuses on how science and technology will influence the future of fashion. More recently she has co-founded, Surface Tension platform centred around realising the positive potential of materials.

Participant in Late Works:

SLIP

Rosie Broadhead