Entering it’s final two weeks, Craftsmanship Alone Is Not Enough celebrates Ceramics and it’s teaching at Central Saint Martins for over 100 years.
Today it is one of the two remaining ceramic specialist degree courses in the United Kingdom, and the only one with an emphasis on design.
Mixing together work by alumni and current staff and students, Craftsmanship Alone is Not Enough celebrates this rich history, demonstrating how the course continues its role as leader in material and design education now and onwards into the next 100 years.
The exhibition will run until 11 February at Lethaby Gallery, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA
It’s been an interesting journey for Architect Maria Gasparian, who following an inspirational Short Course in Ceramics at Central Saint Martins, subsequently enrolled on an MA in Ceramic Design and graduated with distinction this summer. Following this she won a MullenLowe Nova Award and Unilever Sustainability Award for her Colour Ceramic City, which aims to offer an engaging and sensory experience within pubic urban spaces.
Currently on display at Brain Waves, a Central Saint Martins Lethaby Gallery exhibition, the self-supporting sculptural ceramic pieces and dynamic volumes, formed by extruded clay coils have an abstract plane with two faces that celebrates the plasticity of clay and brilliance of the glazes. The pieces are scalable and can adapt to local contexts offering endless opportunities for site-specific interventions creating vibrant spaces within a city.
We asked Maria about her journey from ceramics short course student to award winning MA Ceramics graduate and how her Ceramics Short Course changed the path of her career.
What 3 words describe your short course experience at Central Saint Martins?
Eye-opener, Informative, Intensive
What did you enjoy most about your course?
The teaching, hands on experience and experimentation.
How has this course benefitted your career or personal development?
The short course on Architectural Ceramics was a start of a new path in my career. I had been practicing as an architect at the time and also attending part-time pottery classes. Joining the short course gave me an idea about how to combine the two practices. Subsequently I enrolled on MA in Ceramic Design at CSM and graduated with distinction this summer.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking this course?
With work, study or family commitments it is often difficult to subscribe to a full time course particularly if it is in a new discipline for someone. Short courses are a very good way to try new ideas or test something that one had on their mind for a long time.
The next Ceramics for Beginners short course starts on 22 October 2016. For further information please visit our website. Taught by Simeon Featherstone, the course will teach you how to construct forms using hand-building techniques, create colourful and decorative surface patterns and also experiment with slip-casting.