A new take on claymation

Animator and director Jim Le Fevre and film-maker Mike Paterson have worked with RAMP ceramics to create a charming short film for the Crafts Council

Animator and director Jim Le Fevre and film-maker Mike Paterson have worked with RAMP ceramics to create a charming short film for the Crafts Council

Le Fevre has been experimenting with zoetrope animation for a few years – his own ‘phonotrope’ technique uses a record player and camera to create animated sequences.

But in a new commission for the Crafts Council, his skills were brought together with those of two potters – and their potter’s wheel became the spinning platform from which Le Fevre (who is represented by Nexus) and Paterson could create a great little animated sequence.

RAMP (Roop & Al Make Pots), the Devon-based studio of Rupert and Alice Johnstone, more regularly work on functional and one-off pieces in porcelain and earthenware.

The film was made to promote the work of the Crafts Council, a registered charity whose goal is to “make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft”. Its donation page is at craftscouncil.org.uk/donate.

 

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