I’m very excited to show you some images from the opening of the Fire and Fibre Exhibition at the Collins Gallery, Glasgow. It was a lovely and well attended event and I met loads of new potters and basket makers. The whole location looked amazing, it is difficult to find such a large and flexible location for large groups to exhibit in Scotland.
The Collins Gallery is an art and educational gallery managed by Strathclyde University. Sadly, due to cost cutting, the gallery is closing in the new year which is a huge shame for the team as well as all the people who have visited and used the location over the years. With that said, I am delighted to have been selected to exhibit there as it is one of my favourite galleries in Glasgow and one I have returned to on many occassions to see their varied calender of events.
The Fire and Fibre project has been my first collaborative project and I’ve gained a great deal from the experience. It has been a chance to work with an established maker from another craft who was based in another area of Scotland. We worked on the project for about nine months so it gave us a good opportunity to play, explore and make work for the exhibition and to learn how each other work.
There have been some challenges, such as working out how to price final pieces when makers work in such different ways as well as finding ways to maintain focus and momentum when we were both busy and remote from each other. Despite these minor challenges I’ve found this an amazing experience and I’d like to thank SPA/SBC, Collins Gallery and Caroline for making it such as special one.
Furthermore, the main benefit has been the confidence this opportunity has given me to embark on further collaborations and to grasp opportunities for working with other makers and artists as part of my practice. Watch out in 2012 for new bodies of work and exhibitions with Catriona Yule and Tracey Johnston.
You can see some of our working process in the blog we set up for this collaboration at clayandfibre.tumblr.com
Over the next few days I’ll show some further images of the amazing work from the exhibition.