Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art is the first large-scale group exhibition in the UK exploring how contemporary artists have used clay in unexpected ways.
Featuring 23 international artists working across recent decades, the exhibition examines the plasticity and the possibilities of ceramics.
The artworks on show encompass fantastical creatures and uncanny representations of the everyday, as well as ranging from small abstract works to large-scale installations that take the medium beyond the kiln.
Strange Clay does not present a comprehensive survey of artists who work with ceramics today – instead the exhibition explores the possibilities of thinking through making.
The artworks vary in scale, finish and technique, and address topics that range from architecture, to social justice, the body, the domestic and the organic.
While contributing to the broadening dialogue between art and craft, this exhibition provides a closer look at this tactile medium.
The exhibition features works by Aaron Angell, Salvatore Arancio, Leilah Babirye, Jonathan Baldock, Lubna Chowdhary, Edmund de Waal, Emma Hart, Liu Jianhua, Rachel Kneebone, Serena Korda, Klara Kristalova, Beate Kuhn, Takuro Kuwata, Lindsey Mendick, Ron Nagle, Magdalene Odundo, Woody De Othello, Grayson Perry, Shahpour Pouyan, Ken Price, Brie Ruais, Betty Woodman and David Zink Yi.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, co-published by Hayward Publishing and Hatje Cantz.