Stop Making Sense: Part 2 - Camden Art Centre

In the final part of the Stop Making Sense series, Phoebe Collings-James continues to unpack pedagogies of learning.

In the final part of the Stop Making Sense series, Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellow Phoebe Collings-James continues to unpack pedagogies of learning, looking at what it means to be making ceramics amidst the legacies of the British studio pottery movement. Focussing on potter, Grace McCarthy, who trained at Clay College in Stoke-on-Trent, Colling-James considers her own ancestral connections to the ceramics workers who worked in the Stoke ceramics industry during the 19th Century.

The Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship supports emerging artists working with clay. Between 2017-21, the Fellowship offers artists a part-time six-month residency at Camden Art Centre with an exhibition in the following year.

With thanks to Phoebe Collings-James, Grace McCarthy, Ayo Akingbade, Harkeerat Mangat, Tim & Barry and Luise Guertler.

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Phoebe Collings-James is an artist based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include The Amount of Love You Have to Give is More Than I Can Stand, Ginerva Gambino, Cologne (2018), Relative Strength, Arcadia Missa, London (2018), Expensive Shit, 315 Gallery, New York (2017), ATROPHILIA (with Jesse Darling), Company, New York (2016) and Triste Tropiques, Liste, Basel (2016). Recent group exhibitions include You Feel Me, FACT Liverpool, Liverpool (2019), In Whose Eyes, Beaconsfield Gallery, London (2018), After Cesaire /Modern Tropiques, Platform Southwark, London (2018), Okey Dokey, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf (2017) and Bust Wide Open, Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum Harlem (2017). She has had performances and screenings at the Getty Museum, LA (2019), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2019), Café Oto, London (2019) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018). Collings-James recently launched Mudbelly Teaches, a free ceramics course for Black people in London, taught by Black ceramicists and artists.

Grace McCarthy is a potter based in London. They were part of the first cohort at Clay College Stoke, a course developed from a successful apprenticeship scheme which aims to train the next generation of studio potters. McCarthy is a member of the Ceramics 274 collective, and teaches ceramics at Turning Earth. They exhibit and sells their collections at various institutions and events nationally.

Ayo Akingbade is an artist, writer and film director based in London. Selected screenings and exhibitions include: A Glittering City: Ayo Akingbade with Duchamp & Sons, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2021); An Infinity of Traces, Lisson Gallery, London (2021); Towner International Biennial, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2020) Activating Newham: Community & Activism 1980-1991, Create London; No News Today, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Building Space, South London Gallery (all 2019); and Urban Rhapsodies, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York (2017). Her work have been shown at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, MoMA Doc Fortnight and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen among others.