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Pinch Pot Workshop

Pinch Pot Workshop

Courtesy Olivia Jones



Create and glaze pinch pots over two workshops with studio artist Olivia Jones.

Pinch pots are a simple form of hand-made pottery created by pressing your thumb into a ball of clay and working the clay outwards into a pot or vessel. Olivia Jones recently used pinch pots to test variations in volcanic glazes during a residency with the University of Bristol.

Join Olivia Jones to create your own pinch pots and design patterns for glazing with premixed stoneware glazes and volcanic ash glazes created by the artist.

The workshop is split into two sessions to allow for a first firing between creating the pots and applying the glazes. All materials are provided and participants can collect their creations after the final firing.

Olivia Jones took residence as University of Bristol’s EarthArt Fellow from July 2018 to January 2019. During her fellowship, Jones worked with academics in the Volcanology Research Group on the subject of volcanic ash, building on a project she began developing in late 2017 titled, Tephra: Order in the Dust.

Exploring the behaviour and materiality of ash particles, clouds and plumes, Jones has created a new body of work in conversation with Bristol volcanologists, looking into the methodologies, technologies and interface between science and art.

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Olivia Jones

Olivia Jones (b. London, 1988) is a visual artist based at Spike Island and a member of Spike Print Studios. Working across varied media her work explores the structural behaviour of landscapes in an endeavour to reveal unseen dimensions and develop the constructs for evolving narratives.

Jones graduated with BA (Hons) Fine Art at Falmouth University (2013),

She has shown her work in galleries across the UK and internationally. Projects include: Artist in Residence, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (2018-19); Tephra: Order in the Dust, Test Space, Bristol (2018); Artist in Residence, Ashlantic, Fur Island, Denmark (2017); Contemporary British Drawing, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China (2015); You Move Me, Antlers Gallery, Create Centre, Bristol (2015); Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (2013).