Symposium in Wellington, mid-February 2012

Perhaps some of the reasons as to why jewellery is doing so well in comparison with other media right now, might become apparent at the Jemposium event  in February. European focussed, which seems to be where it’s at right now, the guests are mainly multimedia artists with a focus or an interest in jewellery, but by no means exclusively and most work across various media including some ceramics.

The programme looks interesting and lively, starting Friday after lunch through to Sunday and including evening events. It includes pecha kucha sessions, presentations and panel discussions and will be a pointer for future ceramics conferences here perhaps.

International guests include…

Ted Noten – former psychiatric nurse and bricklayer the boundary testing maker of grand and challenging design projects has recently received the Dutch ‘Artist of the Year’ award over all visual arts winning 10,000 Euros. Working across multiple media Noten is a major coup as guest for the symposium. Most recently his work was in the Venice Biennale glass symposium.

Fabrizio Tredenti from Italy is multi media but loosely labelled ‘industrial archaeology’ and includes video and photographych

Karl Fritsch from Germany is now resident in Wellington and has recently been making ceramics and says ‘all media are equal’ and values none over another.

Liesbeth den Besten is an Amsterdam based art historian specialising in craft media and particularly jewellery. She writes for art and craft  journals and lectures on applied arts plus serves as panel member for grant applications and chairs the Francoise Van Den Bosch Foundation.

All of the above internationals will be worth listening to plus lively additions from some of our own.

Cost $300 and go to… to secure a place.



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3 responses to “Symposium in Wellington, mid-February 2012

  1. Moyra Elliott

    Jemposium delivered on all that it promised. The international presenters were all engaging and interesting with much to offer in their different fields while matched to that the NZ contingent on the whole was sharp and ontoit with well balanced presentations and humour and intelligent responses to what was before them. The couple of exceptions only served to make those who shone, acquire even further luminosity! Would that our ceramic gatherings contained half the engagement and cut-and-thrust that this one did. Seemed everyone enjoyed it to the extent that they held a follow-up gathering at Masterworks a week or two later to further discuss issues and insights. When did that last happen in ceramics?

    Holland’s Ted Noten was a did-not-show but he sent his right-hand man instead who served valiantly and with ebullience and bravado given the big shoes he was filling. Manon van Kouswijk was fabulous, not only in presentations where she was obviously professionally well prepared but also in the acute points and questions she offered toward other’s presentations. The teacher in her was evident. Fabritzio Tridenti and his partner/translator worked way harder than anyone else as two brains were fully engaged and both were at pains to ensure comprehension was gained of their expertise and singular position, as well as their charm.

    Greatest pleasure for me was to observe a number of fairly recent grads take the floor with apparent confidence and articulate a cogent position with grace and intelligence. Could it be it’s the shoulders they rub with while gaining an institutionally based higher education?

    Enough comparisons as they serve little purpose but maybe inject some new issues and ensuing lively discussion in to the forthcoming wood-fire ‘doo’ in Waihi? Or plan to head to the Australian Triennial conference, this time in Adelaide late September and called “Subversive Clay”, for a bit more meat.
    Go to for more information.

  2. Hi Moyra
    We did have lively discussions and lots of fun at the Woodstoke conference, which was held in Whangamata over last weekend (see The last “doo” was held in Coromandel in the mid nineties – nothing to do with Woodstoke.

    • Moyra Elliott

      Yup, took a look and looks like much fun and jollity was had by all. Glad you had a great time and hope the weather stayed great…it was dodgy up here and threatened to spoil a wonderful annual garden party… but didn’t.

      I do realise that you are being helpful and trying to get my history straightened out. And believe me I was around so I know about Brickell’s ‘Doos’ down in the Coromandel in the 90’s. But this was the use of the word ‘doo’ in the vernacular sense meaning a jolly gathering/event with a lower case ‘d’ and not Barry’s upper case ‘D’ Doo that he entitled those 90’s events at his place. I was just linking a general sense of the locality with an ongoing tradition of potters’ annual gatherings so used the same word (as it readily jumped to mind) but with the essential change of case…. so that they were not confused.

      Incidently bought a mug of yours from ‘Vessel’ while in Wellington at the jewellery ‘doo’. Enjoy it as do my visitors. When you have more I’d appreciate a couple, especially if just a little bigger… Let me know…


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