the European ceramic workcentre as centre of excellence
The European Ceramic Workcentre is widely regarded as a world leader through its capacity as both an artist-in-residence centre where creative professionals of all kind work with ceramic material and as an institution where the use of this material is understood as being consistently innovative in nature.
This survey describes how it has been possible for such an eminent position to be achieved and how the nature of work is influenced by prevailing circumstances and decision-making, be they of a logistical, directorial or theoretical nature. It is a demystification of previously unidentified interrelationships that explains how the uniquely interactive nature of this, and indeed any organisation, impacts on those working within it, and subsequently how it influences a much wider community.
This study is of interest to those both within and outside the visual arts: to individual artists, designers or others in all areas of the wider field; to those either already engaged in or who wish to participate in the artist-in-residence arena; to universities, work centres and organisations across the arts, design and ceramic fields; and to potentially countless organisations outside the visual arts that are interested in nurturing innovative behaviour.
Nick Renshaw (1967, Yorkshire) is an artist and researcher whose visual arts practice during the previous thirty years has involved frequent use of the ceramic medium. His research into the field of ceramic art residencies carried out with the Ceramic Arts Research Centre at the University of Sunderland (CARCuos) in the UK followed many years of work at centres around the world. He currently maintains studios in both Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Xiamen in the south of China.