We worked with Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) to make a term of clay workshops for its members. IYP is run by Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, and is a group of young people aged 16-21 who meet regularly to make artwork, work with professional artists, host events and develop their own projects.
IYP joined Modern Clay for a series of workshops to learn techniques for working with clay in response to our prompts for exploratory making.
By coiling, extruding, pinching, slab-building, sgraffito-ing, sculpting, press-molding, rolling, scoring and slipping, sanding, glazing and firing, IYP made plates, vessels, portraits, shakers, dishes, musical instruments, mugs, coasters, decorations, icons, sculptures, gifts and pots.
We’ve been enthused and excited by both the resulting ceramic wares that have come out of our kiln, and what IYP brought to the sessions themselves; by being bold, imaginative and focused artists.