It is certainly inspirational for the Gallery and our loyal supporters that we are back into the rhythm of our featured maker programme. Once more, Bevere Gallery has the latest work of some of our most respected makers as well as new and emerging talent. This month I am delighted that we have again been able to feature the work of Gabriele Koch.
We can do no better than to quote the words of Sir David Attenborough – “Earth, water, air and fire – Gabriele Koch’s lovely pots speak of all those elements as vividly as any I know.”
She has developed an international reputation through her focus on elegant hand-built forms, exploring balance and spatial relationships. Each piece has great presence and whilst decoration may be minimalistic, it in no way reduces the impact of her work. Gabriele is of German descent; however, her English is articulate and in a Makers Lunch, some four years ago now, she gave a vivid insight into her making processes.
Whilst all good pots have presence, the elegance and balance of Gabriele’s work has a deceptive simplicity. Close examination shows the high-level skills which she employs in both making and decorating. I would also add that, in my view, her monochrome decoration adds to the serenity of these pots.
You will gather that we are delighted to have her work at Bevere again – not only because she is a highly respected maker, but because of the immense pleasure we know her feature will bring to our visitors.