My name is Clare Breen and I am an artist and arts educator. The Breadfellows' Chats project grew out of my masters research, it began as a methodology for the development of arts education programmes and it is constantly growing and changing. During Breadfellows' Chats I meet with artists to talk about their practice – to take the time to learn about what they make and why they make it. During these chats we work with clay together to produce ceramic objects. These objects are called companions because they become a companion to the conversation and to the relationship. They are physically made by two people to be used to share a meal.
The word companion has its roots in Latin and French, “com” meaning with and “panion”, from the French panis, meaning bread; so companion literally means sharing bread together or breadfellows.
I believe it is important to take time to understand an artist's work in order to build a responsive project that is embedded in a meaningful way in the artist's practice and to create a strong foundation for future practice.
The framework of this site has been built in collaboration with Colm O'Neill, a webdeveloper, opensource software researcher and a member of OSP, an Open Source Publication studio in Brussels. Colm has developed a framework for this site which uses free software and freely publishes all the code used to build it. You can find it here Breadfellows.school is at once a free online pedagogical tool and a research and publication space.