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18th April 2020 at 10:00am - 19th April 2020 at 4:00pm

Concrete//Poetry : caught by hand

Sat 18 + Sun 19 April: 10am-4pm both days
PLUS Fri 15 May: 6-8pm 

£98 + £10 for materials* per person: £108 total is for 2 full days plus final 2-hour session.
*Materials cost covers clay, slip/glazes, tools and kiln firing

A 2-day workshop with artist Jill Skulina and writer Rebecca Sharp: sculpting visual poetry into ceramic objects. Forms of visual or ‘concrete’ poetry play with the physical layout and other visual elements of words, to communicate meaning through the poem’s visual appearance. You will construct a visual poem to ‘translate’ into clay through hand-building, carving, mark-making and printing techniques. Your final pieces will be fired and glazed, which you will collect on the final shorter session- Friday 15th May:6-8pm.


To book, please email: info@rebeccajoysharp.com

You will be sent details to make full payment to secure your place.

Refunds are not possible unless your place can be filled. 


Day 1                        Sat 18 April 10am-4pm: PLAY

Concrete poetry with Rebecca Sharp. Exploring techniques, looking at examples and navigating the relationship between form and meaning in concrete/visual poetry; an accessible, engaging and often humorous form that can be as simple or complex as you’d like.

Constructing ceramic forms with Jill Skulina. The allure of clay lies in its tactile nature and its ability to be formed in many ways allowing for an expressive, spontaneous, precious and/or decorative aesthetic. You will use clay hand-building techniques to work through ideas and begin creating ambitious ceramic forms. Learning methods for hand-building and mark-making using tools, press moulds, found objects and stamps.

Day 2                        Sun 19 April 10am-4pm: MANIFEST

Guided by both Jill and Rebecca, you will form or refine your concrete poem into a clay object that works in partnership with your writing – using your poem as a conduit for shaping your ceramic piece, you can draw, score, write or any other appropriate techniques learned over the weekend to create the desired meaning and character of your piece.

Your work will be taken to Dundee Ceramics Workshop to be dried, glazed and fired by Jill.

Day 3                        Fri 15 May 6-8pm: Collect + Reflect

Collect your end result!
We’ll share our final pieces and consider how the poems/texts have translated into the solid form; and vice versa – how the solid form affects our reading and understanding of the poem, and of the object as a whole.

If there is time and you wish to do so, we will have an area ready for you to photograph your work. We’ll guide you through this – just bring a camera, the one on your phone will do.

REBECCA SHARP is a writer from Glasgow, now based in Fife; whose work spans theatre, poetry and prose, with a specialism in interdisciplinary and collaborative projects. Recent plays include The Wakeful Chamber (A Play, A Pie & A Pint with Sound Festival – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen and Òran Mór, Glasgow 2015); and The Air That Carries The Weight (Traverse theatre, Edinburgh; Stellar Quines theatre company 2016). Through her work in poetry she has combined poems with music and performance in The Ballad of Juniper Davy and Sonny Lumiere (publication and performances with artist Elizabeth Willow and METAL Liverpool, 2010); poems and textiles in Fathoming: setting poetry to silk (with artist Eva Fulinova, 2011); poems and paintings in Unmapped (exhibition and publication of poems and paintings with artist Anna King, 2013); and poems with perfume in Five Charms for the Potingair (2017), developed through her installation as Poet-Perfumer in Residence with StAnza poetry festival. Her short poetry-play The Tiger Act was published by Roncadora Press with book artist / printmaker Hugh Bryden (2013).

Rebecca’s interest in concrete poetry stems from her endless curiosity in how meaning, feeling and form intersect; and how work is experienced or activated by the reader/viewer. She wrote and taught a hypertext/visual fiction course at Glasgow University, authoring the paper Visual Text: concrete poetry, hyperfiction and the future of the narrative form (2003). Her concrete poem The Declaration of Barrbru was a commission for the anthology Scotia Extremis (Luath Press 2019, eds Andy Jackson and Brian Johnstone). In 2020 her commissioned concrete poem Font will be installed to the Corbenic Poetry Path in Perthshire, created by stone carver Martin Reilly.


JILL SKULINA is a Dundee-based artist of diverse skills, knowledge and experience. Working out of WASPS Artists Studios, she creates sculptural work using textiles, ceramics and found objects. Her work shows memories of life events: memories which may be inaccurate, misremembered or one-sided; which traverse timelines, with imagery appearing at times incongruous to the narrative of each piece. The work makes no attempt to ‘correct’ the memories or straighten the timeline.

Jill graduated with a BDes hons (2003) and an MFA (2007) both from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. She has been a Professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists since 2018; Clay became a pivotal part of Jill’s work on receiving the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award Fife, Development Programme in 2016. Since then her artwork has been exhibited across Scotland and Internationally; last year she created 2 solo exhibitions Together To Grow (Projects 1, Meadow Mill, Dundee) and Wholly Expletive (Nomas* Projects, Ward Rd, Dundee) showing new ceramics works investigating the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus, with particular focus on the biblical interpretation of events, and how her own experience as a mother affected that reading. The artist has been invited to exhibit at WASPS Project Space, Hanson St Studios, Glasgow, later this year and will be collaborating with 4 other artist on a group show at Patriothall, Edinburgh, in July.

To fund her artistic practice Jill regularly works for Dundee Rep Theatre and Scottish Dance Theatre either as wardrobe supervisor or costume maker for performances such as Oor Wullie (2019); The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black Black Oil (2016); Much Ado About Nothing (2016) and Sweeney Todd (2010) for Dundee Rep; YAMA (2014) and Ritualia (2018) for SDT; she teaches sewing classes at V&A Dundee and hand building with clay at Dundee Ceramics Workshop (she is also the workshops technician); and has recently started working with Costume Designer Jane Petrie as her workshop manager.


Jill and Rebecca have been good friends since first meeting in 2014. Jill invited Rebecca to write the foreword for her exhibition Together To Grow and to chair the accompanying artist talk. In 2017 Rebecca commissioned Jill to create a Poetry Parasol, upon her invitation to represent Scotland at the Festival Internacional de Poesía, Granada, Nicaragua; supported by Creative Scotland. The Parasol contains lines of poetry, as well as embroidery and illustrations emblematic of Scotland and Nicaragua. It continues to accompany Scottish poets who are invited to read at the Festival, passed like a baton from one to the next; signed by each poet who makes the trip.


18th April 2020 at 10:00am
19th April 2020 at 4:00pm
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Off The Rails Arthouse
Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom
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