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 Pakistan and the United Kingdom. He is former Head of Sculpture, IVSAA (1991–2002), and Professor, BA (Fine Art), BNU, (2006–2015). Over the past decade his work has been organised around an expanded vision of the garden as ‘global forest’ of which we are all part. The garden is his key metaphor with which to question humanity’s culturally specific relationships with the natural world and to better 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.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and a Stanley Picker Fellowship award holder. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the V&A Jameel Prize.

Alesworth’s recent exhibitions include the Lahore Biennale (2018), Karachi Biennale (2017), Jameel Prize exhibition/s at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, (2016) the Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, Korea (2017) and the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan (2018). Other shows include Taqseem, Koel Gallery, Karachi (2017); The Missing One, OCA, Oslo (2016), 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); 8th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2014).

David Alesworth currently lives in Bristol and is a studio holder at Spike Island.


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.