July 11, 2014
This year will be the SPA's 40th anniversary and they are planning events to celebrate and to raise awareness of this wonderful craft which they all love.
The show at The Barony Centre will be a selected exhibition, representing the range and quality of ceramics created by SPA members. They hope to collate memorabilia of the last 40 years of the SPA: photos, film and videos, graphics etc. plus stories and memories to chart the development of studio ceramics in Scotland and display these as part of the show at the Barony Centre.
A programme of workshops and masterclass will run alongside the exhibition; details will follow in March/April
August 30, 2014
On Saturday 30th August - Michelle Young Hares will be demonstrating thrown and hand-building techniques to create her unique organic forms. At only £10 per person this will be an inspiring day . The demonstration runs from 10.30am to 3pm
Book directly by contacting the Barony Centre, West Kilbride. (Details below)
For bookings please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01294 829179 www.crafttownscotland.org
September 3, 2014
Poetry Platform – Michael Malone and Sheila Templeton
Wednesday 3 September, 7.30pm, The Barony Centre, West Kilbride. Ticket price: £5.00
A first-prize winner in the McCash Scots Language poetry competition and the Robert McLellan poetry competition, as well as winning other poetry awards, Sheila’s work has been published in many anthologies, magazines and newspapers. And from 2009 to 2010 she was the Makar for the Federation of Writers, Scotland. At this event she will be reading a selection of her classic and new work.
Michael Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult maybe.
Michael has had published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotlandand Markings. He is a founder member of Makar Press Poets and has had poetry collection In the Raw,jointanthology Running Threads and CD Lip Sync published by Makar Press.
His debut novel, Blood Tears, was released in 2012, followed by ATaste for Malice in 2013. He has also written about modern-day successful Scots in Carnegie’s Call, published in October 2012.
As part of the event you can bring your own poems to read, or sit back, relax and listen to others reading theirs.
Booking email: email@example.com
September 13, 2014
Saturday 13th September – Children’s Workshops
Before the Exhibition finishes on Sunday 14th September, there is a final opportunity for children (age 7-15) to be involved in a hands-on workshop, run by two SPA members, Ann Brooks and Moira Ferguson.
Two sessions at £5 per session are available:
10:30 – 12:30.
Bookings are via the Barony Centre. (Details below)
For bookings please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel: 01294 829179
September 26, 2014
“This Beloved Earth” from the poem “For Instance” by Denise Levertov
This exhibition comes about as a direct result of a short residency at The Barony Centre in September 2013, when Ewan Balfour (Shetland), Lise Bech (Denmark/Ayrshire), Mary Butcher (England), Carlos Fontales (Spain), Joe Hogan (Ireland) and Barbara Ridland (Shetland) spent a weekend ‘hanging out’; having conversations, ‘playing’ with weave using natural and found materials and sharing skills via drop in workshops open to the public. Lise and Barbara spent a further 4 days talking and working through ideas for further exploration.
Lois Walpole (South West France/Shetland), who had wanted to be part of last years’ residency but was unable to attend, will complete this group of internationally renowned practitioners. It is planned to host another residency and series of education and master-class workshops throughout the period of the exhibition.
December 5, 2014
This is a rare opportunity to see two of Scotland's outstanding collections of Silverware, created by Scottish Silversmiths, exhibited together.
Silver of the Stars
"Silver of the Stars"pairs ten international celebrities in the fields of film, fashion, music, theatre and literature, with ten of Scotland's finest silversmiths. Each pair has collaborated on the design for a piece of silver on that most beautiful moment, "a drink with a close friend", resulting in a hugely varied collection of drinking vessels that ranges from absinthe goblets to teapots to claret jugs.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a childrens’ and Youths’ education programme, masterclasses and artist talks and may include a commissioned piece to celebrate Scottish silversmithing. Marion E Kane, one of the S of S silversmiths, has a studio in West Kilbride; Marion was paired with celebrity Ewan McGregor and made an amazing Coffee Pot, Mug and Cream Jug. The motorbike handles that feature on both the mug and the coffee pot remind Ewan of his incredible journey around the world on his BMW we’re delighted the pieces will return to West Kilbride as part of this exhibition. Another local resident, Nicola Benedetti, was one of the other celebrities who featured in this exhibition. Paired with silversmith Roger Millar, who has supported Craft Town Scotland since its beginnings, Nicola’s pieces are a silver hot chocolate pot and mugs inspired by an imagined meeting between Nicola and Nelson Mandela at the peak of Cairn Gorm.
The Millennium Collection for Bute House
The Millennium Collection for Bute House features an eclectic collection of contemporary silver created by fifteen of Scotland’s top silversmiths. Originally commissioned to celebrate the founding of the Scottish Parliament, these works are now the official collection of state silver used at the Edinburgh residence of the First Minister of Scotland. Outstanding design and meticulous craftsmanship reflect the individuality of each participating artist.