Three new poems by Carol Rumens following in the footsteps of Dafydd ap Gwilym
Ashleigh Fisk sings her queered version of the traditional folk song ‘Let No Man Steal Your Thyme’.
Ashleigh (she/her) is an artist/maker living and working in the East Sussex countryside and London. She works with craft practices including ceramics, print, textiles, drawing and writing. Ashleigh runs her own functional ceramics line, AF Clay.
Ashleigh describes her work as sitting on the ley lines between history, myth, archaeology and folklore. She aims to unearth the queerness and significance of our landscape through the objects it creates and holds throughout the slippages of time.
AF Clay is a means to explore these themes in a practical application. Visually and technically, her ceramics are inspired by the rich heritage of British pottery, and its underlying ethos is a revival of the Craft Guilds/ Arts and Crafts movement with its socialist philosophy that values craftsmanship and skilfully made objects, as well as the communities and individual empowerment that craft can foster through cyclical learning and making.
Audio and images copyright Ashleigh Fisk 2023. The top image shows her ceramic ‘Star Grate for W. Blake’.