The Leach Pottery is to host an online conference in January called the Making Change Conference: Sustainability and Ceramic Practice.
Recognising that sustainability has multiple definitions, narratives, and actions in the ceramic community, the conference is a timely marker for the Leach Pottery as it embarks on a significant capital development project, reflecting on its responsibilities and the sustainability challenges it faces.
In 2021, the Leach Pottery’s online symposium, Sustaining the Studio — Sustaining the Self, investigated self-sustaining studio practice and sustaining self through engagement, a snapshot of practice and wellbeing. This conference will focus on some of the conversations around environmental sustainability.
The event aims to understand some of the definitions, frameworks, issues, and actions around sustainability. It will consider how the Leach Pottery is engaging with them from philosophical and practical perspectives.
“The purpose of the conference is to stimulate mediated conversations between different perspectives and approaches to a topic that could potentially become a siloed debate,” say the organisers. “It is unlikely to provide simple ‘answers’, but will stimulate thought and provide a starting point for further debate.”