In conjunction with the opening of Common Cause, we are holding a ‘meet the artist’ day with demonstrations by Martin & Siobhan of Miles-Moore Ceramics on 14th June at 11am, 2pm and 3pm. Martin will also be explaining the craft of Mingei or folk tradition of Japanese pot making. Demonstrations included in admission ticket.
To coincide with the opening of Common Cause, was the launch of their first book Confluences: a collaboration of pottery, poems and photographs. To find out more about Mingei and the conception of Confluences, join Martin on 14th June at 5pm, for a guided tour of the exhibition. He will be joined by Geoff Cox, poet and playwright and Euan Adamson, photographer for an evening of supper and poetry readings in The Terrace. £19 per person. Booking for tour and supper required.
When Martin returned to The Lake District, returning to working with clay seemed a natural progression. He wanted to build on his love of Japanese and Korean techniques and approaches, embracing natural materials. He also wanted to make his work more accessible, for it to become part of people’s lives, for it to have use, and to feel important to them.
When Martin was first invited to exhibit his work at Brantwood, he wanted to present the important impact of Japan on his practice, as well as the ideas that the true artist is the observer and that we all imbue meaning into our objects of utility. Over the last 2 years as Martin built the body of work for Common Cause it became obvious that much of this meaning was wrought through the inspiration of the landscape, and the waste materials we craft into glazes.
It also became obvious that there were a lot of thoughts that needed a life beyond the exhibition.
We were privileged to have met Euan Adamson through our involvement with Daniel Lacey and Spring Fling. Euan is more than a photographer, he is a sculptor with time and light: a digital magician who has the artistry to play with our attention whilst never leaving us in doubt about what is important in the image before our eyes.
Geoﬀ Cox, is a poet and playwright, working with words to explore the rich descriptive veins that ﬂow beneath the Cumbrian landscape: developing narratives that extend the ancient relationships that tie people to place. He came into our lives through the magic of Twitter and the happenstance of location brought poet Geoff, as a neighbour to our Lupton Studio.
Martin had been writing Haiku style poems with the intention of displaying them alongside his work at Common Cause.
Increasingly he had felt that this missed the point of encouraging people to consider his work from differing perspectives. Asking Geoff to wrap his words around Martin’s practice seemed the perfect solution. Asking Euan to capture the images that he could see in the work, its inspiration and creation without input or influence was equally perfect.
Confluences is a book born of connections and confluences of ideas, places and people.