Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers
By Cath Ralph
Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and VoyagersMar 13, 2021
Traces of Their Toil
Ray Johnson on the creation of the Staffordshire Film Archive and in particular the importance of documenting the city's mining history from the perspective of those who worked in the industry. Tunes by Chris Bevington Organisation sung and played by Scott Ralph
No Going Back
Interview with Deb McAndrew acclaimed playwrite on how the Potteries influenced her work and a retrospective of past commission by the North Staffs Miners Wives Action group in 2015. Features No Going Back recorded in the early nineties sung by founders of the group, "Coalminers Blues" - bluegrass mining song and footage from the Staffordshire Film Archive.
For the Sake of Times Gone By
End of year remembrance and reflections, "plight of the potters" with Phillip Hardaker Sculptor and Public Artist. Jennifer Spice, Poet and Researcher reflects on 2020, and a song for all times with a version of Auld Lang Syne recorded to take a moment to hold dear those who have past.
The Small Stories in Every Day Things
Episode two in the series tells of the small stories in everyday things and the special ways of releasing them. With guests Alan Whiting: Musician and former Pottery Worker sharing his story of Jean Wooten told through a song, and Gabriella Gay: Poet, Teacher, Antique Dealer and member of Kwanzaa Collective UK made up of Artists, Academics and Activists Of Colour.
The Great Jewel Box with The Fire Underground
The beginning of the "tales and tunes" in six parts. Episode one puts the big light on this mysterious place where you can be standing in your own front porch museum, while a fire rages somewhere deep underground. With guests Danny Callahan, Artist, Designer and Historian and Gillie Nicholls, Composer, Musician, Potter and Sculptor. As part of the Under One Roof Project Stoke-on-Trent supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.