Young people have been seeking inspiration in ‘The Art of the Potter‘ exhibition on now at Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury. The work they have produced as a result will go on display alongside 400 years of local pottery and contemporary works by artist in residence Emilie Taylor.

Axbridge Students Create Shadow Puppet Stories

Students from Axbridge Church of England School visited the museum to work alongside artist Andrea Oke. The pupils were inspired by the historic pottery on display to create their own stories and characters using shadow puppets. These will feed into an animated film to be created by Andrea and shown at the museum from September.

Heathfield Students Create Ceramics

Students from Heathfield Community School took part in a workshop with contemporary ceramicist Emilie Taylor. The students explored the history of slipware ceramics and their connection to Somerset. They then produced dishes which are being fired and glazed ready to go on display alongside Emilie’s work.

Artist in Residence

This summer, the museum welcomed Emilie as its Artist in Residence. She is responding to the museum’s important ceramic collections to produce an installation which will be displayed in the Abbey Barn for Somerset Art Week, opening on Saturday 21 September.

The project is being produced in partnership with Somerset Art Works and supported through Department of Education funding administered by Arts Council England.