This month is as always a manifestation of the principles which underpin our curation of featured makers. We have brought together an established ceramicist with an individual voice and an international reputation together with makers that are showing here for the first time – although quality as always is a given.
Peter Beard has not had his work at Bevere for some years and it is good to see him back with us again. This is work that benefits from looking and holding. The combination of elegant shapes, textures and design ensure that these are pots which will continually offer up new perspectives. The changing light in the Gallery, particularly at this time of the year, reinforces this. He makes thrown and hand-built pieces in oxidised stoneware. He uses combinations of shiny, matt and semi-matt glazes, built up in layers prior to firing to create textural surfaces in a range of pastel shades and some stronger colours. He has recently diversified into working with bronze, cast iron and stone, in addition to ceramics.
Verity Howard is a newcomer to Bevere. She is a ceramic artist who responds to subjects surrounding people, history and places. By creating slab built works she captures feelings, moods, atmospheres and a sense of place.
In ‘Sacrificial Stone Series’ Verity explores using the words ‘Sacrificial Stone’ as a starting point, to conjure up a mental image and a feeling of something that may never have been seen before. Through the medium of clay Verity has been translating these images and feelings into reality by creating physical ceramic works. Once again looking intently brings out the essences of each piece.
Joka van Wijk started her ceramics training at
Morley College in London and currently shares a studio in Iliffe yard, a
wonderful creative community at The Elephant and Castle. Last year her work was included at New
Designers in Islington, where she won the Potclays Graduate award.
Joka’s work is mainly functional, wheel thrown stoneware. Her inspiration comes from prints and textile design and a lot of her work uses pattern and colour. Joka’s aim is to make things that are beautiful and practical to use in everyday life. Good to have her fine work here for the first time.