Poverty was the topic of the art trip for some interested, new, GCSE art students. In Glastonbury, donating food to charity is quite important, and harvest have evolved to be what we now know as food banks. On Wednesday, the 10th of July, 14 students were invited to go on an art trip. The day ended up being an engaging and memorable experience for those people. They were set to mould and create large oval-shaped bowls out of clay. Then, after all the bowls dried on ...the templates, they carved in pictures of food bank items to send out a message of poverty and food. These items included edibles that are usually found in food donations.
The majority decided to add small details and other things around the outside to show this, along with messages and pictures. All this was with the expertise and help from Emily Taylor, who majored in fine art, but then gradually made her way to ceramic art, making some beautiful large ceramic pots. She uses metaphors of social message in her work, mixing modern and classical styles and stories. One of these include the Greek story of Demeter, the goddess of Harvest, and how her daughter, Persephone, was abducted by Hades. Demeter travelled endlessly, searching for her daughter, and as of a result, she subjected the world to famine, demanding they give her daughter back.
Emily then linked this to a modern story of how someone in her home town of Sheffield was abducted. She has made lots of other different ceramic pots, with a similar concept.
These students’ clay vessels are now going on display at the Tythe Barn at the Rural Life museum in Glastonbury. Their work will be shown on 21st of September to the 6th of October. So, you could decide to go down and look at their creations!
It was a fun day for those people and their teacher, and they enjoyed it very much.
By George Mackay, one of the students who went to the event.