Explore the stalls and interactive demonstrations as well as meet the east London traders setting up shop among the vines in the Conservatory Terrace and Garden Room on Sunday of Barbican OpenFest
On Sunday 18 March, 60 ceramic artists will sell hand-crafted work made in the Turning Earth community studios in London's East End.
Alongside a wide variety of unique and beautiful handmade pots sold directly by the makers there will be interactive demonstrations to encourage visitors to have a go themselves.
Turning Earth will be joined in the Conservatory by Wild Card Brewery, a Walthamstow based brewery and tap bar, founded on the back of a hobby that got way out of hand! Wild Card have achieved a reputation for no-nonsense, uncompromising beers which they’ll be serving from their keg bar in the Conservatory from 12 – 6pm. Come and enjoy a pint and have a chat with the Wild Card team.
Velopresso will also be serving fresh coffee from Walthamstow-based roasters Perky Blenders at their pedal-powered coffee trike in the Conservatory throughout the day.
RHS on Tour will be taking place on the Barbican Lakeside.
Turning Earth Makers Market will be taking place in the Barbican Conservatory
Part of Barbican OpenFest
The interactive demonstrations
Tessa Barrett, is a highly experienced potter and teacher at Turning Earth. She will be demonstrating various hand building techniques, such as making pinch bowls, coiling and slab building. Tessa’s demonstrations will start on the hour from 12pm to 5pm.
Cat Santos has been a printmaker for many years and has more recently been exploring methods to print on clay. She will be demonstrating mono printing and screen transfer printing on clay slabs at 1pm.
Tom Kemp will be ‘throwing’ vessels on a wheel. The word ‘throw’ comes from an old English word, ‘thrawan’, meaning to twist or turn. He’ll be using porcelain, a fine, white clay mixture which can be fired to very high temperatures. Tom will make some larger, individual vases and also some smaller bowls and other shapes, ‘off the hump’. This is a technique used commonly in South East Asia where a small item is thrown at the top of a large lump of clay then cut off with a thread, ready to make the next piece. Tom’s demonstrations will be at the start of each hour, from 12pm to 5pm.
Nick Aplin is a professional potter, who throws a variety of shapes on the wheel, including mugs, bottles, vases and goblets. He is also a teacher at Turning Earth, and will be demonstrating basic throwing skills. Members of the public are invited to seek him out in the Conservatory and have a go under his guidance. Open to all levels….beginners welcome!
Ryan Barrett works with both textiles and ceramics. He likes to experiment with different ceramic techniques and forms and has been developing a 3D printer that uses raw porcelain to make intricate forms. He will be demonstrating this interesting combination of modern technology and traditional materials, as well as selling some of his finished pieces. The 3D printed will be running on and off throughout the day.
Also at Barbican OpenFest
How to: weaving with Christabel Balfour
In the first of our series of 'How to' workshops focussing on traditional crafts, tapestry weaver Christabel Balfour invites us in her South London studio for a weaving demonstration.