318 Ceramics at Leith Hill Place 2018
From 6 July-3 September 2018, local art collective 318 Ceramics presented Clay Stories, an exhibition of pottery inspired by Leith Hill Place and its history.
Leith Hill Place is intimately tied to a plethora of creative names: composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, naturalist Charles Darwin, and ceramicist Josiah Wedgwood III. 318 Ceramics, a collective of artisanal artists from Farnham in Surrey, drew from this rich history to create brand new artworks in clay.
As a former home of the Wedgwood family, who brought pottery to the masses in the eighteenth century, the quiet domesticity of Leith Hill Place makes a deeply fitting setting for a ceramics exhibition. 318 Ceramics showcased the house in a new light, bringing back to life the spirit of its previous owners through a range of pieces scattered throughout the rooms.
Members of the public were invited to two workshops on Saturday 28 July and Saturday 4 August to participate in a mass artwork with 318 Ceramics. With the help of the artists, participants were able to make and decorate their own small clay bowl in the Wedgwood style, and this has now become part of a large art installation in the house.