The Ceramic House opened its doors for the first time in 2011, as part of Artists Open Houses http://aoh.org.uk/, the year of its 30th anniversary.
The Ceramic House is a project that had been in the making for several years. Ever since Kay Aplin moved to Brighton in 2008 and discovered Artists Open Houses, she decided it presented an ideal forum for Kay to show her work in context. A career public artist specialising in architectural ceramics, Kay alighted upon the idea of using her house and garden as a site for her permanent installations.
“Surveying the spaces available, I decided on a number of suitable ‘sites’ indoors and out, and made a shortlist of proposals for pieces of artwork to be completed over a 3-year period. My studio is filled with ceramics left over from previous commissions, so my initial idea was to overhaul old ceramic and glass works. The concept for the new pieces was to recreate or rework pieces of artwork originally designed for specific sites around the UK and abroad, therefore the name of each piece in The Ceramic House corresponds to its original location. In some instances, art works have reappeared, reworked, many years after their creation. In others, a few tiles remained, inspiring a brand new piece.”
In addition, she opted to select a number of ceramic artists to exhibit amongst the permanent installations, a pattern that has continued to this day. In 2011, eleven established and emerging ceramists participated in the show, which was very well received.
In 2011 The Ceramic House was also part of HOUSE Biennial. Artist and composer Joseph Young was commissioned by HOUSE to create a sound installation for iPods. Base Sound :: Sonic Gold was composed entirely of sounds recorded in Kay’s studio and visitors were offered aural and visual sensory experiences into the world of ceramics.