A Matter of Life and Death: a summer course with David Clarke

Workshop  /  Making   ShortCourses   Silversmithing  /  15 Jul 2019  -  19 Jul 2019
Published: 21.02.2019

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The table is where we meet, it is where we discuss ideas and thoughts, it is where we debate, possibly disagree and socialise. It can be the focal point of the home. The table is where we join with our family, friends and potential enemies! It is a social space. It is where we feed and are fed.
Without food and water, we are dead. At the table we not only feed our bodies but also our minds. Here we have objects that assist us in rituals that are performed at the table. We handle, we pour, we chew, we use, we share: a cup, a bowl, a jug and a spoon. There is a true sense of generosity and through these objects our identity is formed and revealed. We will investigate the complexity of form, based in practical, social or psychological aspects of serving and containing food whilst exploring the landscape of the table.
A Matter of Life and Death is open to makers, cooks, designers, ceramicists a broad range of thinking and backgrounds are most welcome.

Please bring with you a range of materials you wish to work with, this could include reference material you would like to refer or respond to. This could be a still life painting, a film, an apple or an old family plate.

Dates: Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm.
Price: €600 + 22% VAT.
Language: English.

About the teacher:
David Clarke is often cited as one of Britain’s most highly innovative silversmiths. Clarke has produced a wealth of covetable objects that have proven pivotal in the renaissance of contemporary British metalwork. Clarke has a well-earned reputation for producing engaging, intelligent and challenging domestic objects. The aesthetic most often associated with Clarke’s work relates to the subversive nature in which he responds to the entrenched traditions of silversmithing, often taking it to surprising extremes. This absolute willingness to experiment and play inappropriately sets Clarke apart.


David Clarke