BIDEFORD BLACK workshop @ the SANDY BROWN MUSEUM 27914

My next workshop in North Devon with internationally acclaimed ceramicist Sandy Brown and geologist and Bideford Black expert, Chris Cornford

Bideford Black at the Sandy Brown Museum 27914 flyer for web

For further information please contact me…

© p ward 2104


to keep looking…

on eARTh

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‘‘Art does not reproduce the visible but makes visible’’ Paul Klee

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as hours and days seemingly while away with baby,

new places and faces continue to appear

offering potential for the creative life we live

and I continue to see this wonderful world through eyes made bright by art’s rich spectre…

summer rain, hillsborough drinking fountain, ilfracombe (video stills © p ward 2014)summer rain, hillsborough drinking fountain, ilfracombe (video stills © p ward 2014)

‘legless lizard’; domestic cricket, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)‘legless lizard’; domestic cricket, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)

window casualty, spotted flycatcher(?), ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)window casualty, spotted flycatcher(?), ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)

making a home, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)making a home, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)

past work 2012, woodlane campus, falmouth (© p ward 2014)past work 2012, woodlane campus, falmouth (© p ward 2014)

simple drawings, hele (© p ward 2014)simple drawings, hele (© p ward 2014)

echoes of times past I – laston green and the waverly – ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)echoes of times past I – laston green and the waverly – ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)

echoes of times past II, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)echoes of times past II, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)

herring gulls:public enemy number 1!, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)herring gulls/public enemy number 1!, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)

holdstone hill, combe martin (© p ward 2014)holdstone down, combe martin (© p ward 2014)

working quay, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)working quay, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)

repetitive form, hele bay and ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)repetitive form, hele bay and ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)

eARTh, workshop space, ilfracombe (© f owen and p ward 2014)eARTh, workshop space, ilfracombe (© f owen and p ward 2014)

new work – saw dust, eARTh, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)new work – saw dust, eARTh, ilfracombe (© p ward 2014)

in order to further explore and share this rich and ever evolving dynamic expression of divine being my partner francesca and i are opening a new workshop (eARTh) near our home in ilfracombe, north devon, where we shall be making new work to enrich and celebrate our place amongst it all…

watch this space!

© p ward 2014


Soil Culture Forum

Falmouth University, 2-5 July 2014

soil culture forum poster and logo; dirt dialogues poster for WCSS 2014 (p ward 2014)soil culture forum poster and logo; dirt dialogues poster for WCSS 2014 (p ward 2014)

The first major event of the Soil Culture[i] programme organized by CCANW[ii] and RANE[iii] at Falmouth University took place over the last week. The event brought together talks, workshops, social gatherings and exhibitions of artwork and posters from local and international artists, soil scientists and agriculturalists to celebrate and investigate how the arts may contribute to shifts in attitudes and understanding of a matter we take very much for granted – soil.

woodlane campus library display (with francesca owen) and work in group show, falmouth (p ward 2014)woodlane campus library display (with francesca owen) and work in group show, falmouth (p ward 2014)

painting with earth workshop at soil culture forum, falmouth (p ward 2014)painting with earth workshop at soil culture forum, falmouth (p ward 2014)

My own contribution included the forum logo, a small display of soil inspired work with Francesca Owen in the Woodlane Campus Library, a poster commissioned and printed for the 20th World Congress of Soil Science in South Korea by Alex Toland[iv], a Painting with Earth workshop and a number of art works in a pop-up exhibition on site. It was good to meet, hear and see the rich and varied work of those of like minds and inspirations, and especially to hear the no-nonsense common sense of Graham Harvey, author of one of my favourite books, The Carbon Fields[v]

“Why, she wondered, were Indian peasants being pushed into debt and penury by a system of agriculture that was supposed to bring prosperity to rural communities? And why did monocultures, which were intrinsically of low productivity, come to be accepted as highly productive though they required huge inputs of chemicals and fossil fuels, and then produced less food than traditional, diverse farming systems?” from The Carbon Fields by Graham Harvey, p.100

“Organic milk, for example, is a blend of the good and not so good.  Organic standards require that at least 60 per cent of the ratio must be in the form of grass and forage.  In terms of its nutrient content, milk produced to this minimum standard won’t compare in quality with milk of cows getting 80 per cent of their feed in the form of grazed pasture, organic or not.  And, as on conventional farms, milk produced to higher standards will be diluted with milk produced to the bare minimum standard.” from The Carbon Fields by Graham Harvey, p.136

a simple prayer for the earth, participatory painting with earth pigments, falmouth and westward ho! (p ward 2014)a simple prayer for the earth, participatory painting with earth pigments, falmouth and westward ho! (p ward 2014)

soil circle for soil culture forum, falmouth (p ward 2014)soil circle for soil culture forum, falmouth (p ward 2014)

It is always exciting how participation in such events can provide the space to create new work and to make and renew contacts. Let’s hope that the forum will lead to increased future awareness, projects and collaborations towards our need for changes in attitude and policy around issues of our care and relationship with soil, a living substance upon which our and all life depends. Also thank you to Daro Montag for all his hard work organizing and raising funds[vi] for this event.

© P Ward 2014


[i] http://soilculture.wordpress.com/

[ii] http://www.ccanw.co.uk/

[iii] http://rane.falmouth.ac.uk/

[iv] http://soilarts.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/dirt-dialogues-an-integrated-arts-program-at-the-20th-wcss/

[v]THE CARBON FIELDS – GRAHAM HARVEY (Bridgewater UK; GRASSROOTS; 2008)

[vi] Funding for the Forum was provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)


All of me 6714

I watch my baby boy

As he sits upon my lap

Playing with his own shadow

Experiencing the whole of himself,

As Mr. Abrams would have us believe.[i]

shadow play, ilfracombe (p ward 2014)shadow play, ilfracombe (p ward 2014)

I chase my own shadow

On an evening bicycle ride

The sun setting over the ocean behind me

Seeing a distortion of my ageing self

A youthful form cast upon the tarmac.

MAMIL, Ilfracombe (p ward 2014)MAMIL[ii], Ilfracombe (p ward 2014)

© P Ward 2014


 

[i]”The actual shadow does not reside primarily on the ground; it is a voluminous being of thickness and depth, a mostly unseen presence that dwells in the air between my body and that ground. …an umbral depth that extends from the pavement right on up to my knees, torso, and head-a shadow touching me not just at my feet, but at every point of my person.” – David Abram (Philosopher, Ecologist, Performance Artist) from THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS – DAVID ABRAM (New York; VINTAGE; 1997)

[ii] ‘Middle-aged man in lycra’!!??


the value of art (life)…

for me, the making and appreciation of objects and acts within an environment describes the intrinsic quality and value of art. it is a process that may celebrate and affirm the miracle and wonder that is existence, our dexterity to observe, interact, learn and communicate (with) such awe and innate ability. as we continue to learn, to place our aptitudes and ourselves in relation to this world, its abundance, so our artwork may evolve and reflect any newly found position. art by its very nature observes and reflects how things act by bringing them together in relation to others[i].

common toad (bufo bufo), dale, pembrokeshire, p ward 2014common toad (bufo bufo), dale, pembrokeshire, p ward 2014

“Even though it is the same quarter acre, the farmer must grow his crops differently each year in accordance with variations in weather, insect population, the conditions of the soil, and many other natural factors. Nature is everywhere in perpetual motion; conditions are never exactly the same in two years. 

Modern research divides nature into tiny pieces and conducts tests that conform neither with natural law nor with practical experiences. The results are arranged for the convenience of research, not according to the needs of the farmer. To think that these conclusions can be put to use with invariable success in the farmer’s field is a big mistake.” from the One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka[ii]

new home I, north devon, p ward 2014new home I, north devon, p ward 2014

new home II, north devon, p ward and f owen 2014new home II, north devon, p ward and f owen 2014

briefcase of earth II, hele, north devon, p ward 2014briefcase of earth II, hele, north devon, p ward 2014

compost balls, hele, north devon, p ward 2014compost balls, hele, north devon, p ward 2014

“The fact of the matter is that whatever we do, the situation gets worse. The more elaborate the countermeasures, the more complicated the problems become.” from the One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka[iii]

more recently, my past obsession with making (and often attempting to tamper with the way things have become) has been replaced by a simple sense of wonder at being in and of this world, of the dynamic physicality of everyday acts of living wherever and whenever i am. an attitude fostered greatly by my experience of the creative process, both artistic and otherwise. i express myself in this world and enjoy the interactions with other, in this sense of being alive with no other purpose than just that – to be. my work has changed from a process in my mind, expressed predominantly in isolation through the traditional media of art, to the more physical, bodily and experiential process of exchange called life.

(but how i’m going to pay the bills is another matter!?)

P Ward 2014

 

[i] …whereas science may be seen to divide and dissect in its efforts to understand.

[ii] Masanobu Fukuoka,One-Straw Revolution (New York; New York Review Books; 1978)

[iii] Masanobu Fukuoka,One-Straw Revolution (New York; New York Review Books; 1978)


an interlude

Many apologies for my recent lack of posts – I have been rather busy and somewhat otherwise engaged of late. Here are a few pictures and words to fill the gap. Many thanks for your continuing audience and support…

welcome noah! (p ward and f owen 2014)welcome noah! (p ward and f owen 2014)

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after the storms

after the spring has sprung

we may begin our gathering

of old and new

to make way for,

in preparation for

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today

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how different is this world

from one place to the next

from one day to another

holding hands with you…

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car park graffiti; squid ink bowl drawing ( pward 2014)car park graffiti; squid ink bowl drawing ( pward 2014)

afternoon storm, torquay, and storm watchers, westward ho! (p ward 2014)afternoon storm, torquay, and storm watchers, westward ho! (p ward 2014)

gathering firewood, westward ho!, and perusing bundles in ikea, bristol!? (p ward and f owen 2014)gathering firewood, westward ho!, and perusing bundles in ikea, bristol!? (p ward and f owen 2014)

‘the story of bideford black’ display case and ‘pots, fish and ships’ exhibition at the burton gallery, bideford (p ward 2014)‘the story of bideford black’ display case and ‘pots, fish and ships’ exhibition at the burton gallery, bideford (p ward 2014)

how different this soil, how different this place… cheddar gorge (p ward 2014)how different this soil, how different this place… cheddar gorge (p ward 2014)

woodland stairway, cheddar gorge (p ward 2014)woodland stairway, cheddar gorge (p ward 2014)

indigenous spirit – art:cycling:mapping:earth pigment:drawing process project (p ward 2014)indigenous spirit – art/cycling/mapping/earth pigment/drawing process project (p ward 2014)

bir! bir! bir! bir! – invitation to exhibit some old work in manchester, june 2014 (paintings p ward 1993)bir! bir! bir! bir! – invitation to exhibit some old work in manchester, june 2014 (paintings p ward 1993)

local earth pigments used on historic roodscreen, st peter and vincula church, combe martin, north devon (p ward 2014)local earth pigments used on historic roodscreen, st peter and vincula church, combe martin, north devon (p ward 2014)

st audries bay and porlock weir, west somerset (p ward 2014)st audries bay and porlock weir, west somerset (p ward 2014)

home life, old and new, westward ho! and ilfracombe, north devon (p ward 2014)home life, old and new, westward ho! and ilfracombe, north devon (p ward 2014)

materials for an ark (p ward 2014)materials for an ark (p ward 2014)

with love to Francesca, Noah and all my family

P Ward 2014


i walk this earth 2214 (f owen, p ward)

a simple film about connecting with the earth – just walking barefoot along a muddy track in west somerset. the film was made with francesca owen as part of our ongoing collaboration and research towards the SOIL CULTURE project 2013-17 led by CCANW and RANE (http://artsandecology.info/pdf/Soil_culture_info_Oct2013.pdf). the images were captured on continuous shooting mode and edited using i-movie. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAi walk this earth – cold feet (video still; f owen/p ward 2014)

© Francesca Owen & Peter Ward 2014


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