Beyond Clay: A Contemporary Craft Showcase

15 May 2024 – 26 May 2024

Regular hours

12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

Free admission

Save Event: Beyond Clay: A Contemporary Craft Showcase1

I've seen this

People who have saved this event:


The Batsford Gallery

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 55, 26, 394
  • Hoxton overground 5 minute walk, Bethnal Green tube 15 minute walk
Directions via Google Maps Directions via Citymapper
Event map

Enter a weird and wonderful showcase of the most innovative ideas in clay (and clay alternatives) at the Batsford Gallery.


The objects in this unusual show include vessels made from waste milk, ceramics painted in oil and pastel, records of time through the effect of sunlight on clay and lighting inspired by molecular biology.

About Anouska Samms

Anouska Samms’ practice draws on matrilineal memory, women’s bodies in relationship to domesticity, and the intersection between design and fine art. She produces distinct ceramic sculptures, tapestries and moving image work. Human hair is her primary medium, sourced from strangers and family. Typically, these textiles are combined with a red textured clay body, as the impression of Samms’ fingers are imprinted on the surface.

About Abid Javed

Abid Javed is a ceramic sculptor and designer who creates collectible ‘molecular objects’. The studio practice takes an abstract/surrealist approach to create a sculptural landscape inspired by biology and biological narratives. With a background in Molecular Biology, his work brings this unseen world to the forefront.

About Susie Dalton

Susie Rose Dalton is an Irish artist and ceramicist, living and working in Dundee, Scotland. Her work seeks to materialise memory and human experience in sculptural form. In 2021 she received a Wasps Award for ceramic work, and has exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions, including the Summer Exhibition in the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in 2022.

About Tessa Silva

Tessa Silva is a British-Brazilian visual artist and designer, with an interest in the impact of materials on society and what they can reveal anthropologically. Her focal body of work, titled ‘Feminised Protein’, is a study into the use of milk proteins as a material for the handcrafted production of fine objects. Tessa’s research and exploration prompts the inspection of our material culture, using craft as a tool to explore the relationship between humans and animals. Her work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, and Madrid’s cultural centre at Palacio de Cibeles.

What to expect? Toggle


Hattie Grylls

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Anouska Samms

Abid Javed

Susie Dalton

Tessa Silva


Have you been to this event? Share your insights and give it a review below.