International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary
A group of Ceramics students and staff recently made a study trip to the international ceramics studio in Kecskemet in Hungary. After a period away from making i felt it would good for me to use the experience to kick-start my work in an inspiring and creative environment. This is a place well-known to the staff as there has been two previous visits with student groups. It is also a place where visiting ceramic artists go to work either to lead masterclasses or just as a place to work. There were a number of artists there such as Dorothy Fiebleman from America, Mariann Ban from Hungary and a Norwegian artist who was at the Bergen National Academy of Art at the same time i was on my student exchange there – a small world. The opportunity was for two weeks with less than a weeks making in preparation for fireing. We managed a number fireings including a oil-fumed raku
and a salt-fieing with the help of the studios technicians Jacob and Clara.
The studio is an amazing place and given the lack of support for ceramics in general it is good to see this resource busy and supporting artists from all over the world. The ability to see some of their exhibitions and especially their storage cellars (they have to be seen to be believed) was inspiring. We also managed to see an exhibition by Mariann Ban in Budapest
as well as an exhibition in a gallery belonging to the International Ceramic Studio (Museion No 1).
As well as the trip to Budapest we managed to visit the Herend Porcelain factory which is world famous for its hand painted ceramics.
We also managed to visit the home (after getting lost on many occasions!) of another Hungarian artist called Pazmandi Antal. His house overlooks Budapest and every surface both inside and out is full of his work. He was very welcoming feeding us meatballs and pancakes washed down with palinka at 11.30 in the morning!