THE CURATOR’S VIEW
This year is passing so swiftly. We have now reached another month in our programme when we are featuring two makers of outstanding decorative ceramics. Jane Hollidge and Katy O’Neil are both exceptional three-dimensional decorators and their work is enhanced by their use of colour as well as their design skills.
Jane Hollidge – Jane was one of the twenty-two makers that featured in our Three of a Kind exhibition in 2021. Her immaculate decoration and elegant hand sculpted pots were much admired. It became clear that we needed to have a larger feature of her work this year. The design of each piece and the meticulously etched decoration on a white background give every pot a striking individual quality. It is aways interesting to see work that – irrespective of size – has strong physical presence. Indeed, her smaller pieces have as much impact as the larger. Not surprisingly, Jane started her creative career as an artist and then switched to ceramics over 30 years ago. Clearly, she saw clay as the vehicle to best express her creative vision.
She likes to keep her work simple, all her pots are made by hand, using coiling and pinching methods, some are then burnished for smoke firing. She also makes slab and coil pots with abstract design using velvet glazes, first firing at 1000c then second firing at 980c. Time spent with her work enables us to see the range of hand-building and decorating skills she brings to her work.
Katy O’Neil – Katy is another maker new to Bevere, but she is far from a debutante maker. She has been producing her exceptional ceramic pots and jewellery for the last 20 years and shows her work widely throughout the UK. Her hand painted design is very appealing and her stoneware has qualities which we know will be enjoyed.
Katy’s ceramics are decorated with slips before being impressed with marks which are inspired by photographs taken whilst travelling extensively. She uses splashes of colour to highlight the texture and mark making before firing to stoneware Each piece is unique and is slab built with black clay. For her, each piece is a celebration of form, material and mark making. Celebration is the right word as she clearly demonstrates great enthusiasm for art and craft and the application of her skills.
We hope that our visitors will find our featured makers’ work as stimulating and enjoyable as we do.
Other makers on display this month are: –
Jemma Gowland – whose extraordinary sculptures cannot be ignored. Her finely detailed figures are of children wearing masks and apparently playing together – but what lies behind the masks? All her previous exhibits sold at Bevere and if you are interested in truly original sculpture this is the work that will generate a great deal of interest.
Celia MacPherson – is new to Bevere and her large stoneware bowls are skillfully made and have great presence. She has a strong international influence from her much-travelled life so far and learnt to coil pots in Africa where she lived for a time, that technique is now the basis of her making. She is now settled here in the UK and we are delighted to be able to show her work.