There is always a good reason to check on Bevere regularly as we change and refresh our displays of fine contemporary ceramics each month as well as enhancing our range of work from other makers we represent. The pleasure in curating comes from exposure month by month to work of extraordinary quality and originality – as always September will be no different. Our two featured makers are well known to our regular visitors although as always we can expect new and stimulating development in approach.
For those that are already admirers of Yo Thom‘s work there is little more to be said other than we have another splendid group of her ceramics here again. On the other hand, if you have not seen her pieces before, then a treat is awaiting you. Her Japanese heritage is self-evident but she brings to her finely made, monochrome pieces a strong contemporary feel and often intricate incised decoration. She particularly enjoys the creative freedom in the UK and that freedom manifests itself with every group of her pieces we are privileged to show.
Debbie Barber is another popular maker to appear again at Bevere Gallery. She is a ceramic artist who specialised in raku and smoke fired ceramics, however, consistent with so many highly creative makers she has left raku behind and is producing work that has finely carved decoration. She works from her home studio in rural Leicestershire. Her art and design training was initially in textile decoration and embroidery. After ten years, she changed direction and returned to college to train as a potter. She retains her textile influences, which can be seen in her patterns and use of colour. Her ceramics are highly decorative reflecting a love of pattern. Bowls, open forms and small sculptural pieces are slip cast, hand-built or thrown.
It is also a pleasure to have new small groups of pieces from makers who have been showing at Bevere for some years. Emily Myers elegant and finely carved work comes in a range of sizes. We are pleased to have a group of her small vessels which will sit well in any home context. Antonia Salmon is amongst the elite of UK ceramic artists. Her new work is a small group of pieces of the highest standards in design, making skills and decoration. Ronnie Diggins loves throwing and her latest group of work is mainly small, intimate and finely crafted bowls, some of which are very small and hard to imagine actually being produced on the wheel.
Once again, this month’s new work brings a very different look to the gallery space. We hope that our visitors will enjoy looking as much as we enjoy putting the work on display.