Travelling West, Pots by Claudia Clare
9 January – 6 April 2018
Claudia Clare’s large pot, Travelling West, tells the story of Hossein, a Kurdish refugee who left his home in Iran and ultimately found a safe home in Britain. The word refugee is derived from the French refugie and was coined to describe Huguenots fleeing religious persecution. In the Museum we often explore the experience of refugees who have come to this country since the Huguenots.
Two other pots in the display reflect Hossein’s life in Britain, taking selfies in Trafalgar Square, and making plum jam with the artist, Claudia Clare in her kitchen.
Saturday 16 March. 2.30pm, meet Claudia Clare and join us for an artist’s talk in the gallery.
The display and talk are included in your Museum admission.
Claudia Clare is a ceramicist and writer. She says, ‘I make pots to tell stories’, and her stories are often about the impact of major events on individuals, told with compassion and often acerbic wit. In a review of her 2012 solo exhibition, Jackie Wüllschlager of the Financial Times wrote ‘Claudia Clare is an inventive, accomplished, provocative artist who makes the ancient craft of ceramics contemporary and topical, wittily fusing medium, form and message.’ Her book Subversive Ceramics, (Bloomsbury, 2016) has been widely acclaimed and was selected as one of the ‘Outstanding Academic Titles’ for 2016 by ‘Choice’ publication of the American Library Association. She is a professional member of the Craft Potters’ Association and is represented by Zuleika Gallery. www.claudiaclare.co.uk