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Great Pottery Throwdown star opens ceramic exhibition

Henry Moore, one of the potters in last year’s Great Pottery Throwdown visited Ipswich School last month to officially open an exhibition of ceramic plates created by Art Academic Excellence students. Over 30 pupils took part took part in workshops to create ceramic plates inspired by Grayson Perry. Lower School pupils worked on the project on a Thursday afternoon and Middle School after school. They spent a total of six hours over the course of three sessions creating these plates which can be seen in the corridor to the right of the chapel.

Rev said that she chose this subject because plates are both functional and a work of art. One student, Madeleine W said that she “enjoyed experimenting with different glazes.” Another student, Lara V said: “I particularly liked how the project caused me to express myself.” She then went on to explain that the
meaning of her plate (which included a bird) was a symbol for freedom and represents the feeling of liberation that art brings to her.

Prizes were awarded by Mr Moore to Sam F-C, Madeleine W, Isaac E and Sophie B. The students who took part clearly found this a very beneficial experience and are looking forward to the next series of Academic Excellence workshops.

Lucia P and Kate S, Year 11

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