Exhibition

Rough Music

Main Gallery, Cass Sculpture Foundation

Free with general entry

An exhibition curated by artists Alex Hoda and Robert Rush, of some of the most exciting contemporary artists working in ceramics today. All of these new comissions have been fired on-site in our very own wood-burning kiln.

Over the course of 27th August – 8 November, Cass Sculpture Foundation will unveil an exhibition of new works produced through a new, open-source sculpture in the form of wood-burning outdoor kiln. Intended to provide a permanent resource for artists and ceramicists, as well as acting as an artwork in itself, the kiln’s first project will be to fire new ceramic works by a group of 10 of the UK’s most talented artists.

CASS invited artists Alex Hoda and Robert Rush to guest curate an exhibition of contemporary artists working in ceramics. The new works, each commissioned by CASS, will be fired on site, and exhibited in the organisation’s Main Gallery.

Each work will explore the theme of Rough Music. The term refers to the English folk practice, common in the 18th and 19th centuries, whereby individuals who had offended the community through some domestic misdemeanour were publicly ridiculed by rowdy and cacophonous performances conducted by mobs outside their homes. Effigies were often involved, as were rhymes, songs, insults, crude theatre and the banging of pots and pans. In many ways, rough music was a vernacular form of vigilante satire – and equivalent rituals existed in many other countries.

Following this theme, and with the intention of exploring ‘the expressive, aesthetic or conceptual potential available within failure, accident and the arbitrary’, each of the selected artists will be responding to the theme in their own personal way, participating in the rough-music tradition by producing new ceramic works that bear the marks of domesticity and absurdity.

Alongside their new works for Rough Music, each artist will also fire wasters in the kiln at Cass Sculpture Foundation. These wasters will be the subject of an exhibition at London-based gallery Edel Assanti (8th September to 3rd of October). Wasters are items that fail in the firing and therefore regarded as waste items. However, in the common parlance of wood firing, the term has now come to refer to any piece of ceramic whose primary function is utilitarian, to keep the chamber temperature even. These wasters often have a secondary function as an amusement to their maker.

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Featured artists

Aaron Angell

Adam Sutherland

Jackson Sprague

Jesse Wine

Alex Hoda and Robert Rush

Mark Essen

Laure Prouvost

Paulina Michnowska

Bedwyr Williams

CASS Artworks featured in this Exhibition

2015

Puzzle Jug

This work is part of a series of jugs which Robert ​Rush and Alex Hoda produced in the wood fired kiln at CASS for exhib…

2015

Puzzle Jug

This work is part of a series of jugs which Robert ​Rush and Alex Hoda produced in the wood fired kiln at CASS for exhib…

2015

Puzzle Jug

This work is part of a series of jugs which Robert ​Rush and Alex Hoda produced in the wood fired kiln at CASS for exhib…

2015

Puzzle Jug

This work is part of a series of jugs which Robert ​Rush and Alex Hoda produced in the wood fired kiln at CASS for exhib…

2015

Self Portrait (Beheaded)

Paulina Michnowska’s work is often imbued with comically dry undertones and droll satire. Self Portrait (Beheaded) is a …

2015

Important Cultural Asset I & II

Important Cultural Asset I & II is a continuation of Jesse Wine's 'hanging series'. As an artists who works predomin…

2015

Some useful things

The work Some Useful Things forms part of a project called The House of Ferment which also includes other works in the e…

2015

Liberate yourself (piss pot)

​Mark Essen’s work has taken inspiration from eighteenth century chamber pots and crowns. Essen has used the same materi…

2015

Liberate yourself (crown)

​Mark Essen’s work has taken inspiration from eighteenth century chamber pots and crowns. Essen has used the same materi…

2015

The Artist's Wife

The Artist's Wife is a portrayal of Jackson Sprague’s wife as a vase and reflects Sprague’s recent interest in figuratio…

2015

Bedwyr

​Taken from his earlier film Century Egg, in which he assumes the personae of a neolithic bog man, Bedwyr Williams’ self…

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