Yearly Archives: 2014

Glasgow Green Tease Reflections: Paper Kiln Making with Teena Gould

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Teena Gould, a ceramist with a strong background in public and community art, led discussion and action during the event, drawing from her practice of the use of earth, water, air and fire elements in her chosen medium. Teena explained how she often works with materials that would otherwise be discarded, having served their original purpose. She discussed the subjective concept of ‘rubbish’ in the context of creative materials, demonstrating how popularly perceived ‘waste products’ like sawdust have huge potential under alternative conditions: for energy and for creativity.

Teena also mentioned how these concepts fitted within her own work and how clay, as a material sourced from the earth, can very easily be returned to its initial state if not sealed through glazing. This in turn highlighted consideration of the creative life-cycle, and the longevity of found or ‘rubbish’ materials: their potential impermanence a feature, rather than a hindrance.

After this short discussion, the more practical aspect of the event began. The group was shown some images of the paper kiln making process, whilst Teena described how the structures form, and how this is an effective method of firing clay. Members of the group – which included a range of individual artists and those with an interest in sustainability – then chose between creating a small clay object, or creating the body of the paper kiln:

  • Old newspaper, brought along to the session by participants, was rolled into tight rounds, before being plaited successively to form large lattices of condensed paper.
  • Various clays, both traditional grey and terracotta forms, were available for the group to form a completely unspecified small object with inspiration and sculpting tools (in the form of leaves, shells and rocks collected by Teena).

Teena Gould GT 2

A range of clay objects were produced during the two-hour session: everything from egg cups and plates, to free-form shapes and some of the most detailed nature. Throughout the activities, Teena’s ‘Coastal Ceramics’ film was shown to provide context and ideas.

The whole group worked collectively on the paper kiln to create a single shared product – and although there were around 20 people creating and plaiting the paper shapes, the kiln was only partially complete by the end of the time: evidencing to the group how intensive a process it is, and how the social aspect of making was also necessary in this case.

In discussing this community creation, Teena also highlighted how the eventual firing (and thus, destruction) of the kiln acts as a collective reward and an intensely social gathering at the end of the process. Creative Carbon Scotland hopes to help realise this in a few weeks time for the November Glasgow Green Tease: reuniting people, made objects and a completed kiln for a fun and seasonal revisiting of the theme. Keep an eye on our events page in the coming weeks!


Information about our next Glasgow Green Tease will be published soon. Follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook to hear about the event!

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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Fertile Ground in Dunbar 25 and 26 October

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Fertile Ground takes place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in Dunbar, East Lothian.  The event will nurture a conversation exploring creative ways to engage communities in the potential for change through public art with an environmental agenda.

PROGRAMME

Saturday 25Oct

Morning 9am: conference speakers; with refreshments and lunch

Afternoon: Sustaining Dunbar’s ‘Gathering In’ community event followed by artists presentations till 6pm

Evening 7pm: ‘Celebration of the Sea Performance’ with a starter by a foraging expert, this locally sourced starter is the opener to our seasonal supper by The Ridge. The performance will include music, poetry and readings and conversation with local marine specialists. Buy your tickets early for this event please £12.

Sunday 26Oct

Morning 10am: collective journey to the Belhaven Hospital Community Garden & Polly Tunnelfor a sensory walk; Guided Geology walk on the fossilised walk at Whitesands

Afternoon till 4pm: buffet lunch at Dunbar Town House followed by an open discussion on how environmental public arts can work for us in our location, led by Chris Freemantle.

To book follow this link  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/north-light-arts-7266976227

Free creche and children’s workshop for delegates to the Saturday morning talks: please book early. Discount for EH42 postcode

For further information email: infonorthlightarts@gmail.com

Contents of Fertile Ground event leaflet including programme Fertile ground A5 leaflet inside2

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.

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Launch: “If the city were a commons” series

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creative_carbon_scotlandThis series from On Site Projects involves artists talks, workshops, field trips, residencies and reading groups. The programme is inspired by the following provocations-

“If the city were a commons what would it look like, taste like, sound like, feel like, and smell like? How would artists and other creative individuals develop their skills and hone their practice?”

The year-long programme begins on 30 September 2014, with events held fortnightly. Creative Carbon Scotland’s very own Gemma Lawrence will be speaking 11 November 2014 about the relationship between participatory art practices and sustainable development.

For more information, please visit the If the city were a commons page on OSP’s website.


Image: Dundee Live, Scottish Dance Theatre, 2011. Courtesy OSP.

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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