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Mayfield's Ceramic Students Shine

Published Friday 22nd of June 2012 12:27:53 PM

St Leonards-Mayfield School celebrated another fine year of ceramics on Friday, when it opened its doors to guests from across Kent and Sussex for its annual exhibition.

The variety of subject matter on display and the range of materials and techniques which had been employed by the students were hugely diverse. This included slip casting, hand building, raku firing, coil building and slab building techniques.

The students who were exhibiting work included Jenna Gearing of Maresfield, East Sussex, who produced a highly articulate sculpture which tackled the issue of homelessness, using sculptors such as Rodin for inspiration. Jenna also produced a striking bust of David Attenborough. Other students decided to focus on the chemistry behind the discipline. Natasha Boumediene of Mayfield, East Sussex developed a series of reticulating glazes which she applied to some elegant hand-made bottle forms.

The ceramics department at St Leonards-Mayfield School has been well-known in art education circles for many years. It has won several national awards and, following an exhibition in the City of London, the students' work was highly-acclaimed in two international art journals.

Head of Ceramics, Tim Rees commented: 'Our senior students have produced some outstanding work this year, thanks to the students' enthusiasm and ownership of their project work. And I'm really encouraged for the future. The younger girls find a great deal of inspiration from the show and they are keen to follow in the footsteps of the older students.'
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