THE CURATOR’S VIEW
The Featured Maker programme this month involves a long standing friend of Bevere, who has exhibited here since winning the Bevere Graduate Show some years ago now and a new comer to Bevere, who has already made an impact on the ceramic sector with original work beautifully and imaginatively decorated
Ruth Gibson is the maker new to Bevere. She is an experienced and skilled maker in porcelain, combining a love of photography, printmaking and ceramics, to evoke a sense of place; in particular the Shropshire landscape, Welsh coast and mountains. She certainly does just that and her imagery and the overall design of her work is striking.
I first saw her pieces at the Oxford Ceramic Fair last year and her distinctive black on white decoration immediately drew me in. Once again, we are seeing the two major elements in art and craft – undoubted quality and skill combined with an original voice – establishing a maker as one to watch and in our case one to Feature at Bevere. She also talks articulately about her creativity and she will be featuring in our Makers Lunch on 14 March – do join us and spend time with this fine maker and her work.
Christopher Taylor is an old friend of Bevere Gallery and we delighted to be featuring his work here again. The combination of traditional and contemporary decorative technique has always been a feature of his work and it will be interesting to see whether this remains a key element of his decoration. He has been working on developing his decorative style and we anticipate seeing some exciting new pieces.
Christopher was another successful Graduate Show exhibitor and we know from that time he has always had an impact on our visitors. The design and shaping of his pieces has always been interesting and his unusual colour combinations and patterning make his work immediately identifiable and has clearly contributed to the selling of his fine work.
This years ceramic programme is already generating considerable interest and positive responses. I hope that the ongoing selection of featured makers throughout the year will maintain that enthusiasm.