We have had another stimulating few months putting together our programme of featured makers for 2020, including the Maker’s Lunches which, hopefully, will be held each month throughout the year.
11 January to 5 February
13th Annual Graduate Show
This will be another great start to the Gallery calendar. A separate Journal entry sets out the detail and the participants who will provide us with a diverse range of new work.
8 February to 4 March
Debbie Barber and Sharon Griffin
Debbie Barber has shown her fine raku black and white pieces at Bevere before. She has been developing her work over the last year and we look forward to seeing the direction she is taking, however, we know that Debbie’s recognisable voice will be sustained.
Sharon Griffin is one of a number of new makers joining us in 2020. She is a skilled sculptural ceramicist primarily of the human form. She particularly seeks an underlying narrative so that one or more aspects of our lives will be evident in this remarkable work. We are also very leased that she will be joining us for a Maker’s Lunch when we can explore her inspiration and making processes with her.
Maker’s Lunch: 8 February – Sharon Griffin
7 March to 1 April
Ruth Gibson and Christopher Taylor
Ruth Gibson is another new face at the Gallery. She is an experienced and skilled maker in porcelain, combining a love of photography, printmaking and ceramics, to evoke a sense of place; in particular the Shropshire landscape and the Welsh coast and mountains. She certainly does just that and her imagery and the overall quality of her work is striking. Her Maker’s Lunch will certainly be one not to miss.
Christopher Taylor is an old friend of Bevere Gallery and we delighted to be showing his distinctive work here again. He too has been working on developing hid decorative style and we anticipate seeing some exciting new pieces. The combination of traditional and contemporary decorative technique has always been a feature of his work and it will be interesting to see whether this remains a key element of his decoration.
Maker’s Lunch: 7 or 14 March – Ruth Gibson
4 April to 28 April
Chris Carter, Annabel Faraday
Chris Carter is amongst those we call Master Potters and we are proud to have shown his work here over a number of years. Whilst his work changes direction as he works on new ideas, the quality of his making and the elegance of his design remain a constant, as does his reference to past cultures and his interpretation through a contemporary perspective.
Annabel Faraday has not featured here for some time, although she has shown here at Bevere on a number of occasions, including commissioned pieces depicting Worcester from unusual perspectives. Her main body of work involves a process of printing onto both sides of raw clay slabs that have been coloured with stained slips. The vessels are illustrated with her own (sometimes digitally altered) photographs and often with maps indicating the source of the photos. Her work always fascinates.
Maker’s Lunch: 4 April – Chris Carter
2 May to 30 June
Wendy Lawrence will be showing from the 9th May – 30th June
Wendy Lawrence, Guy Routledge and Sutton Taylor
Wendy Lawrence was shown at Bevere for the first time in 2019. As we write, her fine pieces can be seen in the Gallery courtyard. Her sculptural work and innovative decorative techniques provide attractive features for inside the house and the garden. The inspiration for her work comes from natural form and texture together with architecture and antiquity.
Guy Routledge has shown his sculptural ceramics twice in recent years and it is good to have him with us again. Guy’s sculptures are distinctly his voice with a strong contemporary feel. There are modernist influences, which impact on the shaping of his pieces reinforced by the simple highlighting of features and plain presentation. Always guaranteed to make you stop, look and smile.
Sutton Taylor is another eminent long established maker whose work has been at Bevere before and always much admired. His reputation grew as his making developed. His skill as a potter is widely acknowledge both in the throwing and decoration of his vessels. He has pieces in many permanent collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Maker’s Lunches: 9 May – Wendy Lawrence
6 June – Guy Routledge
4 July to 28 July
Akiko Hirai, Ostinelli and Priest
Akiko Hirai is one of makers whose appearance at Bevere always makes an impact. She bases her designs on the Japanese aesthetics of relativity, the beauty of imperfection, irregularity, spontaneity, and impurity. Every piece begs to be held in the hand and for the sheer beauty of the design and decoration to be absorbed, Great to have her here again
Ostinelli and Priest have always thought of their work as a cross-over. On the one hand is sculpture, with pieces created in clay and fired, and on the other is painting where the colour is applied. Bringing both of these elements together builds the character and individuality of each piece. The working partnership flourishes and develops simply due to the balance of understanding between the two artists. This in turn enables them to continue to create work that pleases and inspires. We look forward to seeing the latest extraordinary sculptures and talking with them about their inspiration when they join us for the Maker’s Lunch.
Maker’s Lunch: 4 July – Ostinelli and Priest
1 August to 1 September
John Wheeldon, James Oughtibridge
John Wheeldon has not shown his work at Bevere for some time. He is a long established maker with a reputation for high quality and an apparently indefatigable creative curiosity. His decoration is skilfully and imaginatively applied and changes as his exploration of making possibilities is taken forward. He was pleased to accept our invitation to join us for a Maker’s Lunch and we know that it will be a revelatory couple of hours when we learn more about his creative drive.
James Oughtibridge has also not been at Bevere for a number of years. Every time we see his work the elegance of his sculptural pieces and their presence whether they be large or small is very striking. An individual voice that has matured into work of artistic significance now produces pieces which make an immediate impact on the viewer. He constructs curved sections of clay with numerous planes and perspectives, inviting the viewer to peer inside to a world of contorted shadows. A world that is always worth exploring!
Maker’s Lunch: 1 August – John Wheeldon
5 September to 29 September
Grainne Watts, Mark Smith
Grainne Watts is new to Bevere, She has an established reputation in Ireland where she lives and works. Her work is stunning and original and few would fail to be bowled over by the beauty and elegance of every one of her fine pieces. In recent years,her work has developed into specific themes that explore and expand through limited edition series. There are unifying sources of inspiration that run through each body of work. Many of these influences relate to colour, pattern and the visual and tactile marks evident in nature. She works with porcelain and stoneware clays and uses layers of vibrant under-glazes and slips to create interesting surface detail.
Mark Smith is a Bevere favourite who has shown often at Bevere and his work has always sold very well. It is his use of mixed media and distinctive making often with a quirky twist that appeals. Each piece of Mark’s work draws inspiration from the sea, and each has it’s own unique appearance and story to tell. Objects found on travels or by shoreline often become part of the work. Mark uses a variety of techniques to achieve the finished look of a piece, focusing mainly on decay and repair. The work is constantly changing due to the materials found, each piece can never be replicated.
Maker’s Lunch: 5 September – Mark Smith
3 October to 27 October
Matthew Blakely, Tony and Jack Laverick
Matthew Blakely is an exceptional maker with an unusual approach to his craft. In recent times he has been making pots from materials gathered from different areas of the country. As he sees it, of all the arts, ceramics is the most fundamentally linked to the physical make up of the planet and best illustrates the link between science and art. Pots represent our relationship with and dependency on the planet, making things for human use from the dug earth beneath our feet. It is fascinating to see how the use of different materials produces such varied effects. Great to be able to see his work at Bevere again.
Tony Laverick has exhibited at Bevere before and it is always a privilege to show his exquisite vessels which have changed and developed over the years, but retain the distinct Laverick voice. His work draws on various sources and cultures, and he is always evolving his own original vision, which is a juxtaposition of controlled, linear designs with areas of loose, painterly decoration. He uses the surface of the pot as a painter uses a canvas.
His son Jack Laverick studied at Leek College of Art. He has been working for some time in porcelain and his portfolio now consists of slip cast porcelain lighting with smaller items such as tea lights and planters. He uses the translucency of porcelain for his lighting which has, in the main, industrial themes. It is great to have Tony and jack exhibiting here together.
Maker’s Lunch: 3 October – Matthew Blakely
31 October to 5 January (2021)
Yo Thom; Richard Heeley: Lara Scobie
Yo Thom has been a friend of Bevere Gallery for a number of years and the last time she was here, she joined us for a memorable Maker’s Lunch when she gave a very open and frank account of her making career and her creative drive. Yo makes thrown and hand-built functional stoneware with influence from the traditions of both British and Japanese pottery and food culture. She aims to create tableware, which will become “clothes for food” as Rosanjin, a famous Japanese potter and restaurateur once said. Yo’s pots perform their function as tableware in harmony with the food whilst retaining their strong personality.
Richard Heeley is another friend of Bevere who has shown here for a number of years. He practices free flowing brushwork and spends long hours repeating his designs to gain a fluid feel and simplicity that matches the thrown clay and fits as part of the pot, working in harmony with the form. His work is Influenced by a deep appreciation of Korean 16th century ware from the Chosôn dynasty.We are pleased that he is joining us for what will be a fascinating Maker’s Lunch.
Lara Scobie is a highly skilled ceramic designer and decorator whose work will be familiar to regular Bevere visitors. It will be twelve months since she last featured here and we know that many will delight in the use of colour and the precision of her decoration. The theme of balance is a constant, significantly underlining her current work in which ideas of dynamic interplay between form and surface develop. By integrating drawing, surface mark making and volume she plays with the balance of space and pattern alongside hue and texture on both the decorated and void surface areas. Her work is a delight to eye and hand.
21 November – Richard Heeley