Hot of the Press III
International Print Symposium
9th - 30th September, 2008

Paul Scott


Paul Scott is a leading proponent of ceramics and print through his 1994 book and his ongoing exhibitions. The ‘Scotts Cumbrian Blue(s)’ series, uses traditional domestic ware forms to project and illuminate contemporary social and political concerns. In doing so he revisits the idyllic Blue and White decorative depictions of the past, in order to provide thought provoking comment on the present.

 

"Paul Scott lives in Cumbria, North West England, in the type of rural area, which often attracts craft potters. Scott however, has gained international prominence in promoting a practice at odds with the traditional truth to materials and form/function concerns of craft potters, and indeed, of many studio ceramists. A leading proponent of ceramics and print, he has been instrumental in demonstrating the contemporary creative potential of a combination used in industry for hundreds of years to mass-produce decorative wares and tiles.

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The industrial associations of printed ceramics, the absence of direct traces of the maker's hand and the apparent lack of integrity in mechanically produced imagery, has not recommended this approach to ceramics purists. A decade ago finding print in a piece of studio ceramics would have been unusual, but it is now becoming a relatively common occurrence, not least because of Scott's pioneering example." - Dr Stephanie Brown, Keramiek Magazine June 2001

Paul Scott is an artist, writer, and curator. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, he is currently completing Phd research project 'Confected Landscapes: Ceramic Surface, a Media Form' at MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University. His landmark publication "Ceramics and Print" has become the accepted manual for ceramists working in the areas of printmaking and clay.

‘A seminal text within its field, the revised and extended version of Ceramics and Print builds further upon the ground-breaking precedent it set down upon its initial publication.  Originally demonstrating the use of paper, clay and printing within studio ceramics, Scott now embraces the information age that is the 21stC, detailing the most recent technological developments in this stimulating area, covering photocopiers, laser decals, flexography and digital techniques within ceramics today.  Incorporating a number of high resolution images selected from old and new methods, Scott re-situates the area of ceramics within contemporary culture.’ - Ceramics in Society review of 'Ceramics and Print'.

visit Paul Scott's website: http://www.cumbrianblues.com

 


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