Spike Island

Raku Ceramic Workshops


Monday 7 May 2018, 11.30am–12.30pm Monday 7 May 2018, 1.30–2.30pm Monday 7 May 2018, 3.30–4.30pm


£15 (plus booking fee)

Ages 18+

Event type


Decorate and fire your own tea bowl as part of these Raku ceramic workshops led by artists Sarah Wilton and David Alesworth.

These workshops are now sold out. You are welcome to join the waitlist here.

Sessions at 11.30am–12.30pm / 1.30–2.30pm / 3.30–4.30pm

Limited to 10 participants per session

These workshops are taking place during Spike Island Open Studios 2018


David Alesworth

David Alesworth is a sculptor, photographer and researcher of garden histories, working between Lahore, Pakistan and Bristol. Over the past decade his work has been organised around expanded ideas of the garden: ‘the global forest’ of which we are all part. The garden is his key metaphor to question humanity’s culturally specific relationships with the natural world and to understand the notion of nature as a social problem. His own hybrid identity as a Pakistani National of White British ethnicity informs many aspects of his practice.  

Alesworth’s recent exhibitions include: Taqseem, Koel Gallery, Karachi (2017); The Missing One, OCA, Oslo (2016) curated by Nada Raza; How We Mark the Land, Gandhara-art Space, Karachi (2016); Hopes of Paradise, Grosvenor Gallery, London (2016); The Architecture of Life, BAMPFA, Berkeley University, California (2016); Dhaka Art Summit (2016); Jameel Prize Shortlist, V&A at Pera Museum, Istanbul (2016); 8th Berlin Biennale, Dahlem Museum Complex, Berlin (2014).

He was the Head of Foundation Studies and an Associate Professor at SVA, BNU, Lahore from 2005–2015 and is currently a Visiting Artist at several UK art schools.


Sarah Wilton

Sarah Wilton (b. 1988) is a sculptor and ceramic artist based in Bristol, UK. Educated at the University of the West of England, she acquired a First Class degree in Fine Art and Visual Culture. She has shown work in galleries around the UK and has taken part in a residency programme in Ireland. The transformation of objects and materials, and the language of colour and pattern are a regular inspiration to her practice. Since 2015 she is also a facilitator of arts education.