Amy, Hanne M, and Matt are working as lead artists for the Crafts Council’s Firing Up programme – a nationwide incentive to highlight the importance of clay and ceramics in education. Since completing the ‘twilight sessions’ late last year, Amy has been working with Varndean School, East Sussex. Matt has been paired with Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, and both are representing the South East cluster with the University of Brighton.
With interest in ceramics education dwindling, the Crafts Council’s response is a national clay programme to ‘refire’ kilns in schools and inspire learners.
The core elements have been designed to: 1. Raise awareness of the importance of clay in our everyday lives and in world cultures;
2. Support schools in using this medium creatively and confidently, and in optimising its educational value for students and creating sustainable local links;
3. Showcase and exhibit the work of young people; and
4. Demonstrate the links between clay-work and the wider creative industry sector showing that working in ceramics is a viable career choice.