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DIGITAL: Jahday Ford in conversation with Seetal Solanki  



Friday, 18 March 2022

Jahday Ford discusses his glass vessels, Axle which combine ancient techniques with contemporary innovations with Seetal Solanki, writer, Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er which is a relational practice focused on building and bridging kinships between ourselves, materials, the immaterial and virtual.  

Axle is a family of vessels which combine ancient glass techniques with contemporary innovation, challenging what is possible with the material today. Led by an interest in the complex relationship between the digital and the hand-made form, Jahday Ford uses 3D modelling software to develop the designs for his work. 


The conversation will last for up to an hour, followed by the chance to ask questions. 

There is limited capacity at this event, so we ask that you let us know as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend. We will run a waiting list for tickets if they sell out and will be in touch if tickets become available in the run-up to the event.  

This event will be recorded and made available online after the event, subject to speakers approval.  

This event is free to attend, book now. 

Visitor Guidance  

Jerwood Arts is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors and staff. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have put the following guidelines in place for this event: 

We encourage all visitors to take a COVID-19 lateral flow test before visiting our galleries at Jerwood Space and only to attend if it is negative. 

We request that visitors wear masks inside the building for this event unless they are exempt. 

We ask you to please be considerate of one another’s space during the event. 

The space will be well ventilated, our staff members will be wearing personal protective equipment and there will be hand sanitiser available on arrival. 

Please do not attend if you or anyone you live with is feeling unwell or displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 even if you receive a negative lateral flow test result. 


We want to make sure that our events programme is welcoming and accessible.  

Please contact us if you would like to discuss how we can support you to attend and enjoy this event or if you have any feedback on the accessibility of our work.  

You can contact us via email at or telephone +44(0)7944 903 991. Learn more about the access support available, here. 

About the speakers  

Jahday Ford is a glass artist and designer from Bermuda, currently based in Manchester. He is a graduate from Manchester School of Art where he received a BA in Three-Dimensional Design, specialising in hot glass fabrication and mould design. Ford has participated in exhibitions in the UK and internationally and in 2020 took part in the Future 20 Collective Artist Residency and Exhibition at HOME, Manchester. His projects Breathe and Deconstruct have been exhibited at Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA (2019); New Designers, London, UK (2017); Design Junction, London, UK(2017); Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Manchester, UK (2018); and The National Centre for Craft & Design, Lincolnshire, UK (2018). His most recent work, a collaboration with Studio Morison on the installation Silence: Alone in a World of Wounds was showcased at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK (2021).

Seetal Solanki is a translator of materials with the aim to humanise them. Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er, a relational practice focused on building and bridging kinships between ourselves, materials, the immaterial and virtual. Ma-tt-er reorients mindsets, behaviours and mechanisms towards futures that are caring and respectful by providing ecological and nuanced strategies that are antifragile, elastic and response-able. Author of “Why Materials Matter” (Prestel, 2018) and a Textiles Tutor at the Royal College of Art. She was made an Honorary Fellow at Hereford College of the Arts and received her Fellowship at the RSA in 2018. 

This event is free to attend: 

Book now.

Venue ( Address ): 

171 Union St., 

Jerwood Arts , London

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