These are most extraordinary times and for many, who have not had the task of caring for the vulnerable and the sick, we have been in our homes with self and family pondering on the state of our world. So much of what we see, hear and read is somewhat depressing and certainly from my perspective, the art and craft that fills our home has done what one hopes it always will – bring beauty, elegance and a presence that insisted on being purchased in the first place. It is a reminder that human beings have an aesthetic sense which defines who we are. Philosophical this may be, but at such times like this we are able to reflect on the meaning of art and craft in our lives.
Bevere Gallery has focused on contemporary ceramics over the last fifteen years. During that time, we have come to recognise that it is the diversity of the craft that makes such a powerful statement about man’s innate creativity that continues to thrive even after several millennia. It is that diversity that we try to represent and each of the makers we show at Bevere has self-evident skills and importantly, an individual voice. Yes, I know I have talked about this more than once before, nevertheless it what makes diversity real and stimulating.
Diversity is manifest in several ways. Firstly, we see the way in which the use of different making techniques throwing, coiling, slab construction, slip casting, computer design and printing have the potential to take the ceramicists in different directions and often opening up quite original outcomes.
Secondly, we have had the privilege at Bevere of having many eminent makers talking over lunch with a small group of enthusiasts about how their creativity has been impacted by life’s experience and the sense that their work and their name are synonymous. It is the mark of the potter with an established reputation – mention a name and you immediately see that work in your mind’s eye.
Thirdly, that individual voice is reinforced by decisions about what clay to use, glazing (or not), levels and type of decoration all of which are part of the creative drive and vision of the maker.
In these difficult times, during which the Gallery must remain closed, we have at least the ability through our website to demonstrate what this all means. We actively represent well over a hundred ceramicists and we know that they manifest these essential principles of diversity in creativity. Take time to browse through the pages of our makers and they will be speaking for themselves. Importantly, we know that there will be work that you find irresistible and we will be more than happy to ensure that your purchase gets to you safely.
Although we have suspended our featured maker programme until we can re-open again. we will still be ensuring that the website is maintained with work we know will be admired.