J Kay Aplin – Architectural Ceramics
Launched in 2011, The Ceramic House is an ambitious, personal project that is converting a 1920s semi-detached house and garden in Brighton into a living showcase of permanent ceramic and glass installations. The project is the creation of sculptor J Kay Aplin, who has built an established practice in public art ceramics since 1995. Each May the house opens to the public as part of Artists Open Houses and in the first year of opening was attracting an average of 100 visitors per day.
From the street, there is currently little to reveal the treasure trove of riotous forms within. This year presents the unveiling of: a ceramic kitchen and utility room, with tiled work surfaces and wall reliefs, interior ceramic and glass installations, and garden terraces consisting of 25 square metres of tiled surfaces, including walls, benches, floors and steps.
As part of the Open Houses, The Ceramic House will additionally feature a curated show of ceramic art from fifteen established ceramists, offering a singular overview of contemporary ceramic practice.
The Ceramic House is open to the public during the Brighton Festival, part of Artists Open Houses http://aoh.org.uk/ Saturdays and Sundays in May 11am – 5pm. 75 Stanmer Villas Brighton BN1 7HN. Open by appointment year round.
Some visitor’s comments:
‘Really beautiful – and often quite subversive and unexpected
breadth of work (and productivity) is both breath-taking and inspiring.’
‘Amazing new addition to the open houses. I’ve never seen ceramics like this before. Whole new worlds of wonder’
‘Extraordinary! Wonderful! Enchanting’
‘Wonderful work and what effort has gone into this fabulous display of ceramic craft! Very impressive.’