This is the major feature exhibition which marks the start of summer. Let us hope that the weather supports this. In the event of a lack of sunshine, then for sure this group of featured makers will bring light, colour and creative energy into our lives.
I am really pleased to have two South African potters, who have not shown at Bevere for some time, back in the Gallery. Clementina van der Walt is based in Cape Town Her aesthetic inspiration is drawn from the patterns, colours and textures in the urban African and rural landscapes – applying techniques of press moulding, casting and throwing. She sees her pots as an antidote to the pressures of a digital age and so do I. Her work adds a lot to the pleasure of sitting and eating at the table. Hennie Meyer worksin Durbanville and his ceramics are made predominantly in earthenware, creating highly individual pieces. Hennie enjoys the challenge of making composite shapes, experimenting continually with the expressive qualities of clay and glaze. Having Hennie and Clementina together in the same exhibition is a real pleasure.
James and Tilla Waters partnership combines James’s making skills with Tilla’s love of colour and design. Their practice is rooted in the production of thrown tableware, using both stoneware and porcelain clay bodies. They think it’s important that each piece feels nice in the hand, works well and looks great. Good to have their fine work back at Bevere again been absent for too long.
Joan and Jack Hardie aim to make ceramics that are inspired by natural forms and have a sense of life and movement. 3D printing with clay makes it possible to create ceramic forms that are not achievable by other means. They combine art, craft and technology to explore fascinating new possibilities. We have shown the Hardie’s pieces here for some time and they are a constant source of interest. They will also be talking with is at the Makers Lunch to be held on Saturday 4 May
Victoria Eden is showing at Bevere for the first time. We saw her work at Ceramic Art London 2018. Her work is highly original and demonstrates her technical skills which enable her to translate her imaginative thinking about people and their environment. I will certainly be interested to hear whether our visitors respond as we did at CAL..
Jitka Palmer has been showing at Bevere almost as long as we have been specialising in ceramics. Her painterly decoration is redolent of her Czech heritage. She is a constant observer of people and places and her many sketchbooks are translated into her pots which always draw the attention and are much admired. Here work is the epitome of three dimensional art. Delighted that she will be joining us for her Makers Lunch on 1 June. st Table 4 A