You'll find plenty of learning resources about craft here on our website and when you visit.
There's lots to help you find out about how the craft in our shop and exhibitions is made. Information is available in the gallery and here on the website. You will find interesting facts, ideas and background material (see right for archived
PDF resource notes) which can include historical, technical background information, biographies of craftmakers, definitions, facts about the craftwork, the general subject area or craft discipline.
We provide hands-on making activities in the gallery for visitors of all ages to create work in response to the exhibition.
Learning groups can also use our gallery for their ARTS AWARD!
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18 March - 7 May 2017
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WHY? We wanted to have a show whose theme was dictated by a chosen object.
So we could show how many different variations of one form - there could be. More info...
This exhibition will get us to think about how deceptively difficult it can be to make a jug despite it's humble nature and simple form:
In fact, the makers must consider balance and weight...
Will it pour?
Is the handle strong enough to withstand the weight of the liquid?
Is the handle pulled, extruded or cast?
Jugs can also be vessels to hold other things and therefore,can be interpreted in many different ways.
We hope that visiting our show will make you think more deeply about an object such as this: there is something about jugs, their shape and their purpose, that makes them appealing. They appear in art and literature as metaphor and symbol, and ceramic and metalwork history contains an astonishing diversity of jugs, flagons, flasks and pitchers
DID YOU KNOW?
The first use of JUGS was for preserving food, and keeping it safe from pests and predators, is also an evolutionary leap for us humans!
Food and drink are the stuff of life and therefore precious and thinking ahead for survival - containers are the way to store and minimise waste. especialy on the move.
As nomadic hunter-gatherers gave way to more settled, agrarian civilisations, making vessels became ever more technically sophisticated and varied. New production methods and specialist, skilled makers, who had a range of materials available to them, could let their imaginations take flight. Have a look at Greek and Roman Amphoras and how they were decorated. Or how Mayan or Aztec pot remains reveal aspects of these ancient cultures.
Eventually, ‘fashion’ entered the realm of what was once practical, precious and essential .... The Industrial Revolution in the UK also brought about innovation in ceramic tableware - including jugs of course - especially in the 'Potteries' area (Stoke on Trent) e.g. Wedgwood; also Royal Doulton (1800s) who despite being a factory employed art students to help design their products.
Nowadays, artists such as Greyson Perry have experimented with the traditional pot, vase and jug form and brought their object into the realm of ' Art'.
If you look arounnd at our 'Pour Me' exhibition, you will see that some jugs here are made from unexpected materials - such as tree bark - or presented in stained glass - whose are these?
Watch a short video about Cleo Mussi, one of our 'Pour Me' exhibitors - and how she creates her unusual mosaic craft works (by SIT SELECT films):
Cleo Mussi from SIT select on Vimeo. Visit their website here: www.sitselect.org
KEY SUBJECT AREAS OF STUDY:
Primary Key 1-2: Design and Technology; Art & Design; History;
Secondary Key 3: Art & Design; Design & Technology
Key 4: Arts; Design and Technology
Key 5 Advanced Levels: Applied Art & Design; Art & Design; Art, Craft & Design; Art History; Communication and Cultiure; Critical Thinking; Design & Technology; Design & Textiles; Engineering; Graphic Design; Media Studies; Media Communication and Production; Product Design; Textile; Design and Technology: Product Design (3D Design)
Further & Higher (post 16) Education: NVQs - Constructing; Engineering; Manufacturing; Communication.
HND / Foundation / BTEC Diplomas: Art & Design; Arts Admin; Fine Art; Audio-Visual Stidies; Built Environment; Media, Ceramics; Communictaion Design; Design Tech; Cultural Studies; Environmental Studies; Footwear; Furniture; Graphic SArts; Ilustration; Interior Architecture; Jewellery; Media Design; Metalwork; Photography; Printmaking; Retailing; 3-D Design; Visual Arts; Silversmithing; Surface Pattern; Crafts; Creative Arts; Community Arts; Creative & Media; Manufacturing & Product Design; Graphic Design; Fashion Design; Fashion & Textiles; Interior Design.
Higher Ed. (post 18 degree): Art; Fine Art; Art & Design; Creative Arts; Visual Arts; Interior Design; Interior Design Decoration; 3-D Design; Contemporary Craft; Design & Technology; Technology; Design & Craft; Applied Arts; Contemporary Design; Contemporary Crafts; Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing, Illustration and Print, Woodworking and Furniture Design; Design Crafts; Jewellery & Silversmithing; Textille Practice; Fashion; Contemporary Art Practice; InterMedia Art; Blacksmithing; Liberal Arts; Fashion Jewellery; 3-D Design & Craft; Visual Arts Practice; Contemporary Creative Practice; 3-D Design Crafts; Ceramics & Jewellery; Surface Pattern Design; Glass; Creative Industries;
DIY MAKING: The JUGGLERY!
We have an activity area in the gallery where you can make your own 2-D or 3-D jug using the materials provided which include NU-CLAY to model with using basic shaping tools, fabric, paper, tisuue, pens and other bits and bobs to add and decorate with. Jugs can be hung up our display area of shelves and pegs!
WHAT ELSE IS ON? 'Dartmoor Artisans' exhibition of large-scale framed photgraphic portraits of local makers and creatives in their studios by Suzy Bennett - - until 3 April
Related events: Launch Party, 17 Mar.
Kids making: Spoon People, 12 April
Arwyn Jones: Jug making demo, 29 April
Free entry to exhibitions. Open 7 days a week 10am - 5.30pm
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF
Arranging a group visit
We are open daily 10am - 5.30pm and delighted to have visits from schools, colleges and community groups to our gallery. Please let us know in advance about your group visit - we can offer a short introductory tour and discuss any specialist needs. If there are over ten please ensure the group is accompanied by an appropriate number of adults. Tutors can download resources in advance from this page.
There is a creative making area in the gallery, a cafe upstairs, adjacent and disabled parking and a large public park with playground just opposite our gallery.
To arrange a group/school visit please contact: Philippa de Burlet (Education Officer): 01626 832223
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POLICIES & RESEARCH: Art, craft & design - reading for educators
The documents below can be viewed or downloaded, and provide current research evidence and guidance for promoting art, craft and design in an educational setting to improve all round performance - also positive effects of these subjects on health and well-being.
Archived exhibition notes
Get Fresh '17
- new contemporary craft by emerging designer-makers
Souvenirs from Home
Info. Pt. 1 & 2
of large wood cut prints. LAR-Print
Make it OK! (Mar-May 16)
Stitch, textiles, upcycled media
Line Up (Jan-Mar 16)
Interior styling: still lives
Michael Honnor (Sept-Nov 15)
Painting & printmaking
Craft made in workshops
Re-making the Past
Craft and archaeology
Craft, locality, environment
Raw material & craft
TEXTILES: How to... knit & crochet
CLAY: Modelling techniques 4 kids
Beyond the Book (May 2014)
'Book art' & bookworks
Narrative Remains (Jan 2014)
Words & making-resources
Intolace (Oct. 2013)
Make a Mark (Jul 2013)
Summer craft exhibition
TEN out of TEN (May 2013)
Craft Fair Winners
Get Fresh, 2013
Craft & Design courses
SW college/uni list
Rivers & Streams
Yarner Wood on show at Devon Guild
Heritage & ecology of Yarner Wood
Reaching for Gold, Summer 2012
Flag facts 2012
History & design
Engaging the Senses
What is 'Multi-sensory' craft?
Indigo in ceramic & textiles
Textile facts: quilting
Signs for Sounds,
Letterforming & calligraphy
John Makepeace Furniture
Bio: a life in design
Design: a glossary
Furniture: a history
, Jan-Feb 2010
Art of making with paper
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