© 2018  joseph Ludkin

About

I work from my studio in Brockley, South East London making predominantly functional Ceramic pieces and pots from Stoneware and Earthenware clay. The Craft of making is always at the forefront of what I do, I enjoy the physical connection with clay and the well-being this brings but I also enjoy the scientific and technical pursuit that comes with trying to master materials, techniques and processes. As an art practice I use ceramics to express a range of personal and social narratives. As design practice I use ceramics as a research tool as a method of sociological inquiry. My work explores issues surrounding personal and cultural identity, the borders and boundaries of authenticity and ownership, concepts of cultural appropriation and globalisation. I am influenced by a wide range of stimuli including Japanese, Chinese and Korean aesthetics, techniques and philosophies. Historical and ancient pottery from around the world also has significance as well as contemporary British, European and American studio pottery practice. 

I use a lot of found and donated materials in my practice, I dig local clays for the clay body mixes, slip decoration and combine them with ash from organic sources such as trees, shrubs and plants to make my glazes. This ‘homemade’ approach contributes to the narratives within my work and naturally discusses the relationships between objects, people and places.

​I have exhibited in the United States at the International Yunomi Invitational in Ohio and in a number of shows in the United Kingdom. I have recently exhibited at ‘Tactile Minds’ as part of the London Design Festival, ‘Surface’ at the Claystore London, The Winter show at the Thrown Contemporary Gallery London, ‘From this land’ at Omved gardens as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival and ‘The stories we can tell’ at the Stratford Gallery.

 

My work is available through my online shop or through the galleries that represent me. I am currently represented by Thrown Contemporary London and The Stratford Gallery in Stratford upon Avon. Please visit my news page for up to date information on shows and exhibitions.

Alongside my Ceramics practice I work as a Design tutor and lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London. I also work part time as a Graphic Design and 3D/Ceramics tutor at Shooters Hill College London. I have taught Pottery and Ceramics at the Parade Mews Pottery studio in South London and offer Pottery classes to individuals and small groups at my studio.