One of the pleasures of curating is the bringing together of ceramicists with strongly contrasting styles. The three featured makers we have this month will undoubtedly be a pleasure to set up in the Gallery and even more so to show something special to our visitors.
Masazumi Yamazaki is Japanese and has lived and worked in Wales for the past fifteen years. His Far Eastern heritage is evident in his extraordinary work. It is quirky and his figures both human and animal will either make you smile or wince – they will not leave you indifferent. His previous features at Bevere have always generated interest and indeed contrasting opinion. This is indeed unique work that is very different from any other maker we represent.
Chiu-I Wu has shown at Bevere for several years now and we are always stimulated by a new group of her fine pieces. She comes from Taiwan and came to England in 2003 and still spends time in both countries. She has a strong design sense and every piece is meticulously constructed. Most of her work is monochrome clay, which reinforces the emphasis on design and subject. Although there can be no mistaking her heritage, she nevertheless makes very contemporary ceramic art.
Sara Moorhouse It is always a delight to have Sara’s work at Bevere. She emphasises that her work explores ways in which spaces within the landscape appear altered depending on everchanging colours. Her vessels are of exceptional quality and each piece makes an impact on the viewer. Time spent with Sara’s work is an antidote to grey days and life’s pressures.
Although there is clearly an East/West distinction here, importantly, whatever their cultural background, we have three makers of exceptional skills who have their own very distinctive voice.