Taking as a starting point traditional labour-intensive production processes involving repetitive movements of hand and body, Christine Stevens explores haptic and gestural residues in contemporary culture. Her work often builds on connections between craft practices and contemporary Fine Art. Typically, Stevens uses sculptural installations and moving image in her investigations of materiality and embodiment. She has developed a particular interest in clay as a contemporary Fine Art medium.
As both, artist and Gestalt psychotherapist, Stevens experiments with cross-disciplinary activities which focus on the experiential and the participative. This involves facilitating groups experimenting with making as a means of self-recognising, inter-relating and responding.
She is a member of Returns, an artist-research group from NTU and Sheffield Hallam which takes as its starting point an international cross-disciplinary project, Topographies of the Obsolete initiated by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway which used the former Spode ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent as a place from which to consider post-industrial ruins and their artefacts.
The Clay Studio at Primary runs regular workshops and drop-in sessions throughout the year. Access to the Clay Studio is via the small gate on Seely Road.
Clay Group takes place every Monday evening, 7pm-9pm (except Bank Holidays). There is no need to book – just turn up. It costs £12 per session, pay as you go, and there is a small charge for firing and glazing, by weight. No previous experience with clay is needed. This is not a taught pottery class, but assistance is offered as needed with getting familiar with clay and individual projects.
Raku workshops take place monthly on Saturday mornings, 10am-1pm. Workshops cost £12 to attend, and pots to fire and glaze cost £6 each.
Introduction to Throwing sessions are one-off, small-group starters to throwing on the wheel, running monthly from 6.30pm-9pm, £30 per person. Everyone gets individual attention to help them master the basics. These skills can then be followed up by practice at Clay Group on Mondays.
Please contact Christine at ku.oc1550893183.mahg1550893183nitto1550893183noidu1550893183tsyal1550893183c@eni1550893183tsirh1550893183c1550893183 or 07826 915161 for upcoming dates and further information.
Exhibitions and Residencies [Selected]
|2016||In return, SIA Gallery, Sheffield|
|2015||- The Big Pot Project. Residency as part of Returns.
- Returns. Bonington Gallery, Nottingham.
- Graduate Residency. Art House, Wakefield.
- Graduate Residency. Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
|2014||- Arrivals. Container in EM14. Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
- Bodying Forth. NTU Fine Aart 2014 Degree Show.
- Topographies of the Obsolete. Residency at Spode, Stoke-on-Trent
|2013||Topographies of the Obsolete in Exploring the site-specific and Associated Histories of Post-Industry. Organised by Bergen Academy of Art and Design and NTU. Research practice Project.|
Professional Activities [Selected]
|2015||- The Parts and the Whole. Facilitator. Workshop using clay at UK Association of Gestalt Practitioners Conference, UoN.|
|- Attention: Detail symposium. Invited Presenter. Part of Summer Lodge at NTU.
|- Clay and sand tray in therapy practice workshop. Facilitator. Gestalt Training Institute, Kaunas, Lithuania|
|2012||Mrs Rick’s Cupboard: Primary Colours, Bobby Sayers. Review published in a-n magazine.|