Wroclaw Festival of High Temperatures

Kay Aplin, Fire & Water Tormentil Roundel, soda wood fired and oxidised porcelain, 0.55m diameter, 2019, Photo Bernard G Mills

I have been invited to participate, in collaboration with sound artist Joseph Young, in the Wroclaw Festival of High Temperatures which takes place in Wroclaw, Poland in July 2019. We will be exhibiting a version of our Fire and Water installation originally created for Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery, London, February 2019. 

Fire and Water is a continuation of my investigation into micro-flora which has been the focus of my practice since 2013 and builds on my cross disciplinary collaboration with Joseph Young.

‘Fire’ refers to the woodfiring technique employed to fire the ceramics whilst ‘water’ references the site of a natural spring in Asturias, Spain, the source of the plants. Joseph recorded the spring and an anagama firing at Kohila Woodfiring Symposium, Estonia. The resulting soundscape accompanies my wall-mounted roundels of Asturian Flora in soda woodfired and oxidized porcelain.

In addition to the exhibition, Joseph will be performing the Fire and Water sounds live with his sonic baton and I will be presenting a lecture about The Ceramic House focusing on our collaborative ceramics and sound projects.

The festival takes place from 21-23 July at The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland ul. Traugutta 19/21, Wrocław. Free entry. For more information and to sign up

The 12th Festival of High Temperatures is organised by the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. This is the only artistic event in Poland during which artists share their knowledge and experience with other enthusiasts of “hot” art, showing their work to the public from behind the scenes. It is also a great opportunity for students of Art Colle- ges and Secondary Schools of Fine Art to work together with world-famous specialists and to make their own projects.

‘Art Full of Fire’ is the theme of this year’s event and it will accompany artists working with glass, ceramics and metal with numerous demonstrations, inspiring workshops and interesting exhibitions. 


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