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During the 1960s and 1970s Poole Pottery became known for its bold and lively ceramics called Delphis. The unique Delphis style emerged from the Craft Studio where workers were given freedom to decorate each piece of pottery as their inspiration directed them. Workers at the pottery were also given time and materials to experiment and explore their own creativity alongside their routine jobs – they called this ‘Free Time’.


Ian Giles temporarily reintroduced Free Time in spring 2015 when he held ceramic glazing workshops during break times and after-work sessions at local businesses. Over four weeks the participants explored different glazing and drawing techniques. The ceramics from these sessions will be displayed in the museum in a special installation produced by Giles.



Ian Giles (b. Gloucester, 1985) was a LUX Associate Artist 2012/13. Selected exhibitions include: The Decorator and the Thief, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland [2015]; Videoclub Selected V, Whitechapel Gallery, London and UK gallery tour, [2014]; Sensing Spaces: Friday Late, The Royal Academy of Art, London [2014]; The In Between, Carroll/Fletcher, London [Solo, 2013]; Congratulations, you are the most recent visitor, OUTPOST at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge [2013]; 21st Century Screening, Chisenhale Gallery, London [2012]; Arrives in Starting, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art [2012]; BP Saturdays: We Are Temporary Structures, Tate Britain, London [2012]; Object Subjects, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco and Whitstable Biennale [2010]. Residencies include: Centre of Contemporary Art Glasgow [2013] and I-Park Connecticut, USA [2011].


Ian graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, London MFA [2012] and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London BFA [2008].

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"I'm interested in how oral traditions, for example folk songs, are passed down and learnt between generations. In the same way, these pottery glazing workshops passed on local skills and heritage through the process of actively making something together".