Tag Archives: Categories

PIONEERING THE POTENTIAL 2021

Natural Building Materials across the Weald & Downland

We are pleased to be supporting this years Pioneering the Potential, an evening micro-symposium hosted by Fourth Door Research.

Talks, presentations and an exhibition focused on timber, demonstrating Sussex’s pioneering natural building materials role and potential.

Friday September 10th 2021, 18.00 – 21.00 at Studio Hardie Workshop* Studio Hardie, Unit 4, Phoenix Works, North St, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PE

*Seating will be appropriately spaced. The studio workshop is large and well ventilated. We would prefer face coverings to be worn inside.

Booking through Eventbrite. Free/Donations – pay what you can.

Symposium Speakers:

Steve Johnson (the Architecture Ensemble) and Chris O’Callaghan – Flimwell Park a new all-wood development showcasing local timber in Flimwell village.

George Fereday and Nick Meech Home Grown House + the Home Grown House demonstration projects exhibition.

John Russell (to be confirmed) – Foxwood Cruck Frame built from local thinnings.

Amy Hammond/Lantern Re-using urban and roadside wastewood, ash dieback and other wood destined for burning.

Lukas Imhof live on Zoom from Switzerland – on his engineered ash Ekkharthof Community Centre building.

Plus:

Fourth Door’s Annular wood and timber culture website relaunch will be part of the evening. Revisiting The Bio Base – Another opportunity to view Making Lewes’s 2014 the Bio Base exhibition.

More detailed information available via Fourth Door.

For further information please email editorial@fourthdoor.org or contact Sam Jenner (07884 006413)

Pioneering the Potential is hosted by Fourth Door Research in association with Making Lewes http://www.fourthdoor.org.

Photo credit: Flimwell Park Roland De Villiers/ShootLab

Supported by:

Pioneering the Potential

Pioneering the Potential: Natural Building Materials across the Weald & Downland

Friday July 12th 2019 – Lewes, Sussex

A symposium and projects tour hosted by Fourth Door Research in association with Making Lewes 

A full day introduction to natural building materials featuring a morning symposium and afternoon coach tour visiting projects, and demonstrating Sussex’s pioneering natural building materials role and potential.

Friday – July 12th 2019 – Symposium at Lewes Depot – 9.00am  – 12.00 at Lewes Depot, Pinwell Lane, Lewes  BN7 2JS followed by a projects tour – 12.00 to 19.30pm

Cost £50.00 for full day symposium and projects visit (including lunch and coach tour)  £20 student concession, and a limited number of free tickets for Lewes residents. Booking through Lewes Depot.

Morning – Symposium speakers

Cany Ash – Ash Sakula Architects on their exemplar natural building materials housing and integrating green roof garden terraces at scale.

Ben Bosence – Barcombe’s Local Works Studio on taking a landscape-led approach to the design of buildings, places and materials – working with communities to uncover hidden resources and apply vernacular processes to modern problems.

David Saunders – from the Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre, pioneer of Sussex based timber building materials.

Anthony Thistleton – WaughThistleton Architects, the leading Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) architects.

Craig White – from Bristol’s White Design and co-creator of Modcell straw cassette wall panels, on the expanding the range of Bio-based material.

Afternoon – Projects tour

Lunch and tour of Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre, plus visits to the Tobias

Green Community project by Nicolas Pople Architects, and to In-Wood Developments, leaders in the making of locally sourced timber-based construction materials.

The coach will return to Lewes Station by 19.30.


Further, more detailed about speakers, projects and the natural material’s revolution information can be found here.

Contact at Fourth Door: Oliver Lowenstein  0044(0)1273 473501 or Milly Manley 0044(0) 07956 580533

Ceramics Series 2019

Ceramics: public and personal change and regeneration

The first in an occasional series of talks about ceramics presented by Making Lewes.

Friday May 17th 7.00 -10.pm, Lewes Depot, Pinwell Lane, Lewes BN7 2JS (map)

Cost £5.00 or £3 student concession. Booking through Lewes Depot, tickets available HERE

Artistic director of the British Ceramics Biennial, Barney Hare Duke will talk about the aims and activities of the Biennial which takes place from September to November 2019 in Stoke on Trent.

Past Biennial award winner, Brighton based ceramicist Louisa Taylor will discuss her work and career as maker in porcelain, designer for industry, researcher, author and teacher.

The talks will be preceded by a screening of the 1947 short documentary The Five Towns which shows the production techniques of the skilled workers of Stoke and addresses the challenges of post war reconstruction in the region; a challenge which has been picked up by the British Ceramics Biennial in the face of regional decline and the increasing globalisation of ceramics production.

Making with Sussex clay past and present

Wednesday 12th June 2019, 7pm upstairs at the Elephant and Castle,White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ

Cost £5.00 or £3 student concession. Pay on the door

Talks on the medieval potteries around Lewes will be followed by a presentation about contemporary pots made with local clay

David Gregory ‘The early medieval pottery kilns at Ringmer’

David has had a long interest in the medieval pottery industry in Ringmer and has helped dig a number of kilns in the area.

John Bleach ‘The Medieval Potters of Ringmer’.

John has researched many medieval matters and worked at the Museum of Sussex Archaeology for 35 years.

Susie Ramsay-Smith, a potter inspired by the environment of her lakeside Sussex farm will present a recent collection of pots made from clay dug on the farm in pursuit of her current Craft MA at University of Brighton. Susie is a member of Kent Potters and exhibits with Sussex Arts Collective.


Image credit: BCB general view by Joel Fildes

Un:Plastics Exhibition

Exhibition across four different locations illustrating some of the many ways designers, makers and artists are tackling our plastic waste problem.

10 November – 18 November 2018. Friars Walk, Lewes (map)

FREE EVENT.

Waste plastic is an environmental disaster globally. It spills upon and infiltrates the sea. It suffocates the wave, strangles the shore, and shrouds the beach.

Making Lewes has brought together artists, designers, and like-minded makers, whose shared need makes manipulating recycled resource material a necessity, and who by compulsion force the transition.

In this exhibition Making Lewes aims to illustrate alternative progressive solutions to the plastics waste issue. To move this on from debate to action. To help, repair – mend – reconcile.

Locations

30 Friars Walk (map) shop front only, showing coasters and multi purpose plastic slabs from Weez and Merl, Aimee Caine’s Plastic Hunter Kit, Robyn Edward’s plastic and Silver jewellery and Footballs from Knowtrash.

Union Music Store (map) Bluetooth speaker by Gomi.

Pestle and Mortar (map)Home-ware by Toni Packham and ornamental animals from Knowtrash.

Symposium Wine bar (map) Coasters from Weez and Merl.


Cover image – Bluetooth speaker by Gomi

MAKE LEWES FESTIVAL 2018

This September sees the return of Make Lewes Festival with another series of inspiring and informative workshops, talks and Symposia exploring the relationship between making, architecture, design and sustainability.

21st – 30th September 2018

Highlights include:

Friday, September 21

Collaborative Conspiracies

18.30 -21.30 at Fitzroy House, Cliffe Precinct, Lewes BN7 2AD
Talks by Fred Baier and William Hardie, two leading woody designers, and sit-down supper.

Talks, vegetarian mezze, cake and a complimentary drink: £22.50.
Places limited. Book via eventbrite.co.uk.


Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23

Collaborative Collisions III

10.00 – 17.00 at Depot Cinema, Pinwell Rd, Lewes BN7 2JS
Improvisations with Lewes makers and crafts-people.

Free.


Friday, 28 September

Makers Talks Evening

19.30 at Studio Hardie, Unit 1, Lewes, BN7 2PE
With Jim Keeling, Oxford Anagama Project, Barbara Keal, Felt Maker and Elaine Bolt, Ceramicist.

Free (donations welcome)


Saturday, September 29 

Pop-up Pottery & Kiln firing workshop

10.00 – 17.00 at Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land, Lewes, BN7 2FG
Family workshop with Martin Brockman making pots from local materials fired in a wheelbarrow with locally sourced wood.

Free (donations welcome)

Building with Water

13.30 – 18.00 at Fitzroy House, Cliffe Precinct, Lewes, BN7 2AD
Water, Building, Architecture, Material Sources and the Future – talks by international and national speakers

Talks and water tasting: £8.50 Concessions £6.50. Book via eventbrite.co.uk.


Sunday, September 30

FutureScoping

13.30 – 17.30 at Depot Cinema, Pinwell Rd, Lewes BN7 2JS
The future of Lewes’s cultural infrastructure provision: What do we want? What does Lewes need?

Tickets £6.50 Concessions £4.50. (available through Depot website here)

Further events to be anounced…

Any questions? Email: info@makinglewes.org


Image credit: S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, “Bengal Stream³ 2017/18, photo: Iwan Baan

 

Building with Water Symposium

Building with Water: Water, Building, Architecture, Material Sources and the Future Symposium

Saturday September 29th, 13.30 – 18.00 Fitzroy House, Lewes, BN7 2AD map

Tickets – £8.50 Concessions – £6.50

Tickets avaialble here on Eventbrite

Featuring:

Ruhul Abdin, Paraa (Dhaka-London architectural studio) & Niklaus Graber curator of the international Bengal Stream  Bangladeshi architecture exhibition. Talking about how water defines building culture across sea level Bangladesh

Richard Coutts – principal BACA Architects – leading UK specialist floating buildings studio

Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still, co-founders of Pevensey Marshes Water Week Festival and Jane Trowell from PLATFORM

Andri Snaer Magnasson –Icelandic poet and environmentalist whose Dreamland book and film activism was instrumental in stopping the massive damming of central Highlands Iceland

Maggie Black – world water and sanitation authority and author of the Global Atlas of Water

Chamchamal Healing Garden for Victims of Torture and War Trauma, Northern (Kurdistani) Iraq with Leon Radeljic from ZRS Architects/Engineers and Leif Hinrichson from the Jiyan Foundation 

Building with Water is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018 in association with Fourth Door

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

Image credit: S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, “Bengal Stream³ 2017/18, photo: Iwan Baan

 Buildng with Water is supported by

02.1_LON_RGB_quer_EN.jpg

FutureScoping Symposium

FutureScoping – On the future of Lewes’s cultural infrastructure provision: What do we want? What does Lewes need?

Sunday September 30th, 13.30 – 17.30, Depot Cinema, Pinwell Rd, BN7 2JS map

Tickets – £6.50 Concessions – £4.50 Tickets available on the Depot website here

Lewes is changing. How does the town maintain its distinctive, individual identity, and how can cultural infrastructure, from the latest in live-work design to Maker Spaces, and alternative approaches to orthodox regeneration, be part of these changes?

Come and participate in an afternoon exploring the possible future of Lewes’s cultural infrastructure.

Featuring:

John Burrell, director BurrellFoleyFischer Architects, the architects of Lewes Depot

Alison Grant, founder and director of Fitzroy House –  Lewes’s latest cultural hub

Frances Hollis – architect and director of the WorkHome  research project, a new ‘beyond Live-Work’ approach to affordable housing

Jess Steele, director of Hastings based Jericho Road,  – at the forefront of the ‘self-renovating neighbourhoods’ community approach to urban renewal

Jennie Lathbury from Eastbourne’s Devonshire Collective Maker Space & Eastbourne Studio Ceramics

FurureScoping is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org


Cover Image – Depot Cinema by BurrellFoleyFischer Architects

Event sponsers:

thumbnail_LogoRGB low res.jpg

depot logo-2.jpg

MAKERS TALKS EVENING

Following on from previous festivals, our Makers talks evening again hosts locally and nationally recognised makers & crafts people.

Friday 28th 19.30 – 21.15 at Studio Hardie, Unit 4 Phoenix Works, North Street, Lewes BN7 2PE (map)

FREE (donations welcome)

Featuring:

Jim Keeling of Whichford Pottery  and the Oxford Anagama Project, who set up the well known Whichford Pottery over thirty years ago, will be talking about making and building a version of the ancient Japanese Anagama kiln, in the heart of Oxfordshire’s Whytham Woods.

Barbara Keal Lewes based felt-maker, will talk about her felt-making approach and striking resulting work.

Ceramicist Elaine Bolt, part of the MakingLewes group visiting the Bornholm international Ceramics European Ceramics Context Biennale will report back about the experience of visiting the Danish ‘potters’ island, famous for its ceramics culture.

Makers Talks is part of the Make Lewes Festival 2018 

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org


Cover image: Jim Keeling – Oxford Anagama Kiln Project. Photo: Bruce Clarke

Pop-up Pottery & Kiln firing workshop

Clay workshop for families. Part of Martin Brockman’s Sussex Claylands Tour 2018-19

September 29th, 10.00 – 17.00 at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land, Lewes BN7 2FG (map)

FREE EVENT (donations welcome)

Respond to the landscape, plants and animals of the Railway Land by drawing with clay pigments and making miniatures. Fire your work in a popup kiln. Follow the process of firing ceramics in the wheelbarrow touring kiln.

Martin Brockman is touring Sussex woods, downs and towns, making and firing a single pot at each stopping place. The pot is formed from clay dug from that location or nearby and fired in a wheelbarrow clamp kiln.

The series of vessels made during the tour will reference the pots made over centuries by local makers to celebrate births, deaths, weddings and harvests.

The completed series will tell a story of Sussex ceramic geography and history.

Pop-up Pottery & Kiln firing workshop is part of Make Lewes Festival 2018

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org


Photo: Katie Holloway

Collaborative Kaleidoscope 2017 – Overview

Making Lewes’s autumn 2017 series of talks turned into an impromptu mini-festival, though happening over a longer than usual six-week time frame. The title referred to Making Lewes’s range of themes encompassed by the talks. The six evening events, running from late September through to early November, were hosted in Lewes’s newest arts venue, Fitzroy House. A one-time Victorian library, by George Gilbert Scott – architect of St Pancras Station Hotel – its Neo-Gothic atmosphere is particularly powerful in the main octagonal library room where the talks were held.

Making Lewes--2

We welcomed Anne Mette Hjortshøj all the way from the Baltic Sea island, Bornholm, known across Europe as a centre for crafts and particularly, ceramics.

IMG_6704.JPG

Anne Mette’s warmly appealing talk, about her and the island’s pottery traditions, told with a lightness of touch easily won over the Lewes audience.  Alongside Anne Mette, Lewes’s very own Tanya Gomez  gave an equally absorbing talk about her ceramic works and the connections with the sea and traveling. Both speakers were part of the larger Making Lewes – Collaborative Kaleidoscope launch event, mixing a sit-down vegetarian supper in between talks, along with a showcase exhibition of invited Sussex potters titled Cooked, Baked and Fired Again.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Our next two evenings were given over to architects, though very different types of architects. Nabeel Hamdi is internationally recognised in the development field for his work on participatory processes and community engagement in housing and other building projects in many parts of the developing world. Hamdi’s talk, titled Building a Humanitarian Architecture: Deciding Interventions, was lapped up by an audience of committed Lewesians.

IMG_6731.JPG

The following week Duncan Baker-Brown, Lewes’s very own high profile eco-architect and one half of BBM Sustainable Architecture, packed Fitzroy House out so that we were having to turn folks away even before the evening started. The night was in effect a book launch for his recently published The Re-Use Atlas, ML partnering with Baker-Brown. The talk profiled projects across different – if primarily European – parts of the world, which are leading the way towards realising the circular economy, through re-use, upcycling and Cradle-to-Cradle approaches to sustainability. The audience were sent home dreaming of how Lewes might also, maybe actually really,enact one or two of these inspiring examples.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Following on from the Baker-Brown evening, ML temporarily rehoused itself in Studio Hardie’s workshop at the far end of the Phoenix Estate for a double bill of woody related evening talks. This again was a partnership, this time with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum. The two speakers were Fred Baier, one of the true originals of the furniture making and design world, and the young Polish artist, Anna Bera, who had literally just completed her art residency at the museum, the previous dat. Baier gave a characteristically one-off and unique window into his work and life, mixing comedy and gravitas and leaving the audience rolling in the ailses, and calling out for an encore. Before this Bera had talked in conversation with the British Council’s Gian Luca Amadeil. ML’s audience headed for home with a warm glow on their faces, and probably in their hearts as well.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Earlier in the afternoon Bera and ML’s artist member Zuky Serper ran a very successful open Pop Up workshop in the Linklater Pavilion on the Railway Land Nature Reserve. Both artists have long worked with children, and it was particularly re-affirming to see and hear so many children with their parents, intently hammering, sawing, knocking and generally bashing away.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Back in Fitzroy House, the fifth and penultimate of the talks was again all about children, though also about how children and adults can co-learn together. Emily Charkin from WIlderness Wood, talked about her and her lapsed architect partner Dan Morrish’s reason’s for taking over Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down and turning it into an experiment in open wild learning. Charkin’s Learning through Building talk made a persuasive case for the creativity and learning whichhappens when children – and adults – work, make, and build together in the outdoor without walls world. Charkin’s children, who she invited to also talk, spoke confidently about the experience from their perspectives, making a yet more persuasive case for wild learning happening down in the woods.

IMG_6603

Finally, all the way from Reykjavik, Iceland, Hans Johannsson, arrived to give a mind-expanding presentation on violin-making in the 21st century. The wild northern island’s principle luthier, Johannsson has also turned his attention to a series of experiments aimed at broadening the understanding of both what violins could be in the new century – why no art nouveau violin, why no modernist violin? He asked  – and answered universal questions about the nature of sound and tone. Johannsson, a master craftsman and maker, is an inspiring illustration of just how far one can go with radical sonic ideas and technologies, while maintaining a fundamental link with the craft, if the curiosity and culture of questioning is there. It may have been the most ambitious of the talks conceptually given over the six weeks, but it left those present thought-provoked about the role, nature and possibilities of what it means to be a maker or crafts-person, if imagination and a taste for adventure are present and willing.

IMG_5637