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Preston is currently turning the spotlight on 3D clay printing where some talented artists are blending digital technology and their artistic craft skills to stretch what can be done with clay to create some truly mind-boggling new ceramics. At The London Design Festival, he brings together established and emerging artists using 3D clay printing to exhibit works worthy of collecting.  Works range from functional wares to sculpture.  Artists will also share their perspective on innovating one of the world’s oldest art forms in on-line talks throughout the festival.

Makers in the exhibition are Jonathan Keep, Nico Conti, Michelle Shields, Heleen Sintobin, Ryan Barrett, Fred Gwatkin, Edgar Ward and James Rogers.

Location:  11 Avenue Studio, Sydney Mews, London, SW3 6HL   Part of The Brompton Design District of LDF

Dates and Times:

Exhibition:  Monday, 20 September to Sunday, 26 September; Hours: 11am to 6pm
Demonstrations and 3D clay videos will play through out the exhibition
On-line Talks:  MONDAY     20 September 7-8pm;   THURSDAY 23 September 7-8pm
EVENTBRITE Link to register for talks coming soon

COLLECT 2021, the International Art Fair

 Founded in 2004 by the Crafts Council, Collect has established itself as the preeminent art fair for contemporary craft and design.

 I’ve worked with the Collect VIP programme to host virtual tours with a stunning group of specialist international galleries, showcasing works made in the past five years by living artists.

It’s also been my pleasure to work with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery  by curating an exhibition to tempt you to acquire some of the exceptional pieces of work on display created by the highly talented artists like Amy Hughes above.

At a time when we are unable to come together at Somerset House in London, you can find works on the online art platform for exhibitors to showcase the works for sale from 26 February – 24 March 2021.

LONDON CRAFT WEEK 3-D Clay Printing Demonstration & Talk 3-4 Oct 2020

3D clay printing is a phenomenal new art form that is stretching what artists are able to do with clay.  London benefits from artists who are at the cutting edge of creating the works and necessary technology.  Preston Fitzgerald, contemporary arts collector, curator and judge of the Mayliss Grand Young Masters Ceramics Arts Prize brings together some talented artists to give 3D printing demonstrations, exhibit their 3D clay artwork, and talk about their practice. 

Meet the following pioneering talent:  Ryan Barrett, Nico Conti, Fred Gwatkins, Jonathan Keep, Heleen Sintobin and Michelle Shields. These artists are known and skilled at working with their hands in a traditional way but they have chosen to stretch the boundaries of clay through technology.

The field of  3D printed ceramics is in its infancy.   3D printing traditionally was focused on polymers, then metals and most recently ceramics and multi-material for manufacturing.  The printers and CAD applications were developed with manufacturing design in mind so each of our artists has had to delve into their craft through repeated testing and trials of the impact of analog and digital technology and their understanding of the materiality of clay.

Our schedule for LCW is a full day of artists demonstrating their craft. Each artist will have their own section where in rotation throughout the day each will give a demonstration and discuss their practice.  They will show the technology that they developed to enable their art forms. .In many cases they not only have to design their own software/CAD, these artists have to tinker with the mechanics and tools — It’s not  just the kiln anymore.

Additionally, each artist will provide examples of their work that will be exhibited throughout the space and viewable all day.  These will be the best illustrations of their work.

Finally, at the end of the day, Preston will moderate a zoom webinar panel discussion with all six artists.   You can book at the following link:

London Craft Week 3D Clay Printing Demo and Zoom Webinar

CLAY TODAY July-Aug 2020

Clay Today is the first all-ceramics online exhibition curated by me for The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in association with The Young Masters Art Prize featured on Artsy. The exhibition has eighteen international artists working in all mediums of clay, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The ethos behind this show is to provide a platform for artists and makers working in isolation due to the pandemic which has been very challenging for their working practices and for the production of their objects. The works presented here reflect various directions that these artists followed while adjusting their work processes and treatment of materials, given the constraints of isolation. All the artists are dealing with the challenge of exhibiting work that is tactile and multi-dimensional as physical exhibitions have been curtailed, cancelled and many galleries have had to adjust their programming.

All the artists are strong believers in giving back to their community.  Therefore, we have chosen The Craft Pottery Charitable Trust (CPCT) as the beneficiary of 10% of all sales. The CPCT is the charity of The Craft Potters Association a UK organization which has been promoting contemporary studio ceramic artists for over 60 years.

I hope that you enjoy this online exhibition Clay Today and are impressed by the range and breadth of art that can be achieved with the medium of clay.

Click for the catalogue.


Lincolnshire’s historic Doddington Hall is hosting a Summer of Ceramics, opening in July with exhibitions of contemporary art presented alongside its extraordinary ceramics collection gathered over 300 years. There will be new displays and tours, talks and demonstrations from leading artists, makers and ceramics experts.
The Elizabethan mansion, near the cathedral city of Lincoln, provides the backdrop to this celebration of ceramics in all its forms. The Hall, designed by renowned Elizabethan architect Robert Smythson, was built of bricks from local clay pits. The festival includes an exhibition of Doddington Hall’s extraordinary collection – including continental and English porcelain alongside the 20th Century British Studio pottery collection of Antony Jarvis with pieces by world-famous ceramicists with Lincolnshire connections
including Edmund de Waal and Gordon Baldwin – alongside an exhibition of international and national ceramicists, staged in The Stable Yard Galleries.
The summer long series will open from 27 July to 8 September.
Current owner and guardian of the Hall, Claire Birch, said: “We’re proud to be welcoming international and national ceramicists to Doddington Hall. Major exhibitions, tours, talks and demonstrations will bring the house and our extraordinary collection to life for this 300 th anniversary.”
The Stable Yard Galleries
In these Galleries curator Preston Fitzgerald will showcase renowned national and international makers at the frontier of ceramic design. Exhibits include decorative, functional, sculptural, figurative, abstract and artisan pottery as well as larger collection pieces available to buy. Exhibitors include Freya Bramble-Carter, James Faulkner, Ryan Barrett and Rafaela de Ascanio. There will also be a selection of work showcasing Lincolnshire ceramicists curated by Susanna Gorst of Lincolnshire Wolds based Oxcombe Pottery. Formal and Walled Gardens Visitors will encounter installations throughout the formal and walled gardens.

The Hall
Inside the Hall, visitors will discover Doddington’s ceramics collection co-curated by Preston Fitzgerald and Rebecca Blackwood. The Edwin Jarvis collection of largely English ceramics will be presented with special displays of Torksey Pottery – an early 19th century factory established by William Billingsley who, unlike his contemporaries, painted from real life – and
the extensive collection of 20th century British Studio pottery collected by Claire’s father, Antony Jarvis. There will also be pieces from world-famous ceramicists with Lincolnshire connections including Edmund de Waal and Gordon Baldwin.

Workshops, talks and masterclasses

Workshops, talks and masterclasses will give people the chance to have a go at new activities including handling clay, throwing a pot and painting ceramics with commissioned artists and makers. There will also be the opportunity to learn about both contemporary and historic ceramics with national and international experts.

Dates for workshops, talks and tours can be found at Summer of Ceramics runs from 27 July to 8 September. Doddington Hall and Gardens will be open Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12noon – 4.30pm. The gardens open at 11am and last admission is at 3.30pm. Admission applies.
The Stable Yard Galleries will be open daily 10am-4pm and entry is free of charge.

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