Ceramics has been taught at Central Saint Martins for over 100 years. Today it is one of the two remaining ceramic specialist degree courses in the country, and the only one with an emphasis on design.
In 1919 Dora Billington instituted the first taught curriculum at the then Central School of Arts and Crafts, moving the subject on from classes in china painting and decoration to one of the most important courses in the country by 1955.
Billington embraced the idea of industry in opposition to the “dilettantism” she believed her contemporaries, such as Bernard Leach, stood for. This position, uniting art and industry, has framed ceramics at Central Saint Martins ever since. 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 reflect the embodied practice of working with ceramics, with an active studio built in the gallery space as the setting for demonstrations and live clay firings, igniting imaginations with the possibilities of clay.
Ian Stallard (Fredrickson Stallard), Agalis Manestti, Maham Anjum, Barnaby Barford, Richard Slee, Jason Boatswain (Boatswain Lighting), Akiko Hirai, Giorgio Salani, Adele Brudges, Tamsin Van Essen, Grace Wilson, Sarah Christie, Stephanie Buttle, Rafael Atencia, Kathleen Hills, Jason Lim, Monika Grandvaux, Robin Levien, Christopher Headley, Dai Rees, Alison Britton, Kathryn Hearn, Rob Kesseler, Tony Quinn, Eileen Nisbet, Gordon Baldwin, Jason Lim