September was a most stimulating month for the Gallery. Not only did we feature the work of the eminent ceramic artist Gabriele Koch, but we opened the Under Pressure print exhibition which features the work of ten master printmakers, which has generated huge interest. Gabriel’s work has great presence and her design concepts are elegant and impactful. The more you look the more you admire. I am delighted to report that Gabriele’s work is remaining in the Gallery for at least another month enabling the work to be seen again, if you have already been here during September, or for the first time if you were unable to make it then. These are pots not to be missed – you will gather that I am a great admirer of her work.
We are also featuring two other highly skilled ceramicists Matt Horne and Sutton Taylor. They bring a strong contemporary feel to the long established lustreware and crystalline glaze decorative tradition – Matt with his striking crystalline glazing and Sutton whose mix of lustre glazes is genuinely remarkable. However, as we know ceramics is not just about decoration and in both we see superb throwers who produce forms which always draw the eye.
Patrick O’Donohue trained as a ceramicist over 25 years ago and his career has been in art and ceramic teaching. We are pleased to be showing his work for the first time. His current ceramics have been developed directly from drawings of landscape and the endless possibilities in natural forms, textures and colours. He makes wheel thrown and hand-built ceramics using an extensive range of mark making, drawing and painting techniques to create individual and expressive decorative pieces