Unable to make the trip with the rest of the gang, Chris and I nipped into the China Hall part of the festival for a peep.
The first piece of art to catch my eye (mainly because it was so big!) was a huge turned urn with slip of various colours splashed onto it.
The Korean artist Kanghyo Lee opened the festival with a live performance of creating the urn which reinterprets the Korean traditions of Buncheong and Onggi ceramics.
A striking display was one created by Juree Kim who, whilst on a residency in Stoke on Trent, explored the value of old buildings and their preservation in contrast with urban regeneration. Her extremely detailed scale versions of actual historical buildings were created in raw clay. Placed in a shallow tray of water, the structures, over time, disintegrated and returned to the original pulpy clay. This demonstrated and provoked issues concerning the value of a built heritage and preservation.
It was good to see Dave's Alusid display and work which is very familiar to us all by Lanty.
The work of Patricia Mato-Mora was of interest to me. She created a collection of ceramic chains suspended from the ceiling. The chains interpret the subaquatic area around a dock and so the room is the water where boats are tied up. Visitors were invited to tie nylon chord to the chains. This not only created colour but also, the chord only went up to adult height, a little like the water level of the sea where the limpets and barnacles stop growing.
Unfortunately my camera had stopped working. However, pictures from an article by Designboom show Patricia's work in more detail.
Her exhibition is called The Posidonia and has been installed in the museum in Palma, Mallorca.