Artist in residence inspires BTEC Art students with ceramic techniques


In the Performing and Creative Arts faculty we try to give students as many opportunities to be inspired by professionals in the art industry and recently Year 11 BTEC Art and Design students were visited by an artist in residence, Meg Ashley.

Students learnt new ceramic techniques that they can use in their own artwork. Working with clay tiles, Meg demonstrated the techniques, paper resist and inlay. Using slip glazes, clay, paper and a range of tools students used their creativity, experimenting for themselves. The ceramics are yet to be fired in the kiln, seeing the finished ceramics is all part of the fun as it is always a surprise to see the finished result. The workshop was inspirational and the students really enjoyed learning new techniques.

Meg told us that it was very enjoyable working with the Year 11 students: “They are a lively and fun group who show great enthusiasm for learning new techniques to include in their BTEC preparation work. I am looking forward to extending the experience by working with more year groups at the academy working with both clay and paint. Sometimes students and parents do not know the benefits of studying art subjects; hopefully by working with them, I can introduce them to the many fantastic opportunities available in a wide variety of art and design careers.”

Meg Ashley, artist and entrepreneur, now with her own business Meg Ashley Art, was a former lecturer at Redcar and Cleveland College. Specialising in paintings and ceramics, Meg sells and exhibits her artwork in a number of places. Living in the local area, Meg has shown students what studying art can lead to. For more information about Meg Ashley or to buy some of her artwork please visit her website, Meg Ashley Art.