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Join us for a talk by Jennifer Lee, followed by a conversation with Jennifer Lee, Helen Ritchie (Associate Curator, Fitzwilliam Museum) and independent curator Sarah Griffin. Chaired by Andrew Nairne, Director, Kettle’s Yard.
This event will take place in the extension of the House which is accessible, with some limitations. The upper part of the ground floor extension area of the House is accessible for wheelchair users, and if you call in advance or ask at the information desk we can reserve an accessible seat for you.
Jennifer Lee was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1956. From 1975 to 1979 she studied ceramics and tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art.
Jennifer Lee is a major presence to have emerged from studio ceramics of the 1970s, whose practitioners dismantled notions of clay as a medium confined to functional forms and domestic environments.
Lee’s hand-built unglazed stoneware pots are characterised by their smooth surfaces and rich colours. Beginning with a pinch pot base, which is built upon by coiling lengths of clay, the roots of her process lie in the earliest forms of clay making.
In 2018 Lee won the LOEWE CRAFT PRIZE, an award initiated by Jonathan Anderson.
Helen Ritchie is Associate Curator at The Fitzwilliam Museum and is responsible for researching, interpreting and curating the modern Applied Arts collections. She was the sole curator of recent exhibition Designers and Jewellery 1850-1940: Jewellery and Metalwork from The Fitzwilliam Museum (2018) and author of the accompanying catalogue, and was the organising curator of exhibitions, Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, in partnership with Yale Center for British Art, and Flux: Parian Ware at The Fitzwilliam Museum, in partnership with artist Matt Smith (both 2018).
Sarah Griffin is an independent curator specialising in ceramics and applied arts, with a background in modern and contemporary art. She has regularly curated exhibitions for New Art Centre, Salisbury, since 2010, and organised Modern Makers at Chatsworth in 2013.
£5 (free for concessions), booking recommended
Image: Courtesy of the Loewe Foundation © LeChuck Studio.