From December 2 we shall be open Tuesday to Saturday 9-5
THE CURATORS VIEW November & December
YO THOM, MARK SMITH & ROSA WILAND HOLMES
At the end of the calendar year and indeed the approaching Christmas season, it is particularly satisfying to have two featured makers who have been associated with Bevere for quite some time now. We have invited these two makers because they both produce pieces of high quality whilst clearly having radically different voices. As always, we value contrasting perspectives in the craft.
YO THOM has shown at Bevere Gallery for several years. The last time she was here, she joined us for a memorable Maker’s Lunch when she gave an open and frank account of her making career and 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. Yo has acknowledged that it would have been much more difficult for her to make her way in ceramics in Japan because of the hierarchy and elitism within centuries of making tradition.
The status of ceramics is entirely different in Japan with established makers given high status in society. Nevertheless, Yo welcomes the freedom she had working in the UK and the many opportunities that potters have to develop and take alternative approaches to their work. I should add that she is also now a highly respected maker in the UK.
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. Personally, I find that his work always brings a smile and admiration for his imaginative use of materials as well as a quirky humour.
Each piece of Mark’s work draws inspiration from the sea, and each has its own unique appearance and story to tell. Objects found on travels or by shoreline often become part of his work. He 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.
Ships, boats, and wrecks are frequently the main fabric of the work, made from clay that has the textures of metal and wood objects salvaged, press moulded, and patched together to produce a variety of forms that look as though they have sailed the Seven Seas.
I am also delighted that we have been able to exhibit the ceramics of ROSA WILAND HOLMES – remember that name? She was the winner of The Great Pottery Throwdown 2020. We have a fascinating range of her latest work and it is not difficult to see how she was able to win that competition. In her own words, she discovered ceramics seven years ago and is now obsessed with the craft. She has developed high skill levels and has a natural aesthetic sense. We know that you will enjoy seeing her work at Bevere for the first time and I suspect not the last!
This month’s feature will I am certain be enjoyed by our visitors. Time with these makers’ pieces will give pleasure and a sense of time well spent.