THE CURATORS VIEW
THE WINTER SHOW
MATT HORNE, RUTH GIBSON, GRAHAM WILLIAMSON , ALEX MCCARTHY,
CHRISTY KEENEY, LOUISE BELL, JEREMY JAMES, SHELAGH SPEAR
Once again we are delighted to bring together a group of fine makers at a time when we know that our visitors will be pleased to see interesting works of quality and originality. We know that so many spend time looking and absorbing the making of good pots and there will certainly be many pieces that will draw the eye. Most have been with the Gallery for some time however, it is good to have Louise Bell with us for the first time.
Matt Horne has a passion for pottery that started from an art lesson in the first year of his GCSE’s. After studying at Astor College for the Arts, in Dover, he sought an apprenticeship at an established pottery to continue his training. During that time, he learnt lots of different techniques including production throwing using stoneware clay, turning, glazing and different firings. He has been concentrating on crystalline techniques since 2009. All his pots are hand thrown in porcelain, one of the more difficult clays to throw, especially large pots. Matt is acknowledged as being one of the finest decorators using this glaze process and his use of different colour combinations and pot shapes continually surprise.
Ruth Gibson works in porcelain. She combines a love of photography, printmaking and ceramics, to evoke a sense of place, in particular the Shropshire landscape and the Welsh coast and mountains. Inspired by many walks on the rugged Stiperstones and the Long Mynd, imagery includes winter trees, textures in nature, birds in flight, the rocks beneath the surface and the inclusion of sections on the map rooting the work to the place it is inspired by. Utilising photography and ceramic printing techniques allows for photo-realism to be combined with more abstract mark making building up layers of imagery.
Graham Williamson, after 30 years of living and working in Cardiff as a glaze technician in the Ceramics Department at Cardiff College of Art, retired in 2009. He moved to Gloucestershire where he spent the first two years building and setting up his own workshop, where he is now making on a full-time basis. Graham’s work is thrown in a very white burning clay body which helps to promote the vibrancy of colour that can be achieved. He is currently focussing on making bowls and one-off pieces which utilise vibrant matt glazes in conjunction with slips and pigments. He is continually experimenting with the range of colour and surface that he uses to broaden and enhance the diversity of his making.
Alex McCarthy creates objects with a harmonious connection between surface and form. His pieces are formally inspired by simple ceramic profiles and the highly textured surface is a response to his fascination for touch. The tactile quality of his artefacts is inspired by textures that surround us such as tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and even marine life. The thrown vessel is used by him as a canvas to investigate the properties of these surfaces. Metal oxides add depth whilst the gold. platinum and copper lustre add a sense of opulence.
Christy Keeney is a long established and respected sculptural ceramicist from Ireland who has been exhibiting at Bevere over many years. All his work – ranging from small ‘face’ brooches through to large standing figures – displays his distinctive and original voice. He is an artist whose pieces often communicate that sense of art in clay with a unique level of abstraction. Christy has now been making for many years and he continues to express his undying creativity – a real master craftsman.
Louise Bell is a ceramic artist living and working in East Sussex. She initially studied Psychology and worked in Further Education Colleges for 18 years. These experiences have inspired her to explore ways that craft and ceramics in particular, can investigate emotional and social issues. She completed a Masters in Craft at Brighton University in 2017. She is always thinking about how she can develop an idea, hence the design process is long and involves a good deal of research, drawing and experimentation. She particularly enjoys slab building and mould making. Each sculpture goes through approximately four firings. The last firing is the gold lustre and decal firing which is the finish for the porcelain and wire parts of the piece.
Jeremy James is a sculptor and printmaker based in the United Kingdom. Working as a professional artist for over 35 years, his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in numerous public and private collections all over the world. He trained at Norwich, Exeter and Cardiff, specialising in sculpture. His work is concerned with animals and people and frequently, their interaction. Much of the sculptural work is made in high-fired ceramic and fired in an ageing gas kiln. All his work is made up of unique pieces with extensive hand modelling of soft stoneware clay involved in its making.
Shelagh Spear has been showing her work at Bevere for some time. She is anther example of the impact of the individual voice – once seen always remembered. She has sculpted clay for a long time and she never ceases to produce characters that make you smile. It is the personality that she creates in each piece that is distinctive and the relationship between people and animals. It is always good news when she sends us another group of her fine work.
In addition to the makers taking part in our Winter show we have also had new work in the gallery by:
Ian Rylatt has shown with us before. Ian was born and raised in Lincoln, and attended Lincoln College of Art. Then went onto Manchester Polytechnic, and has been a self employed potter since 1988. Once again he has sent the Gallery a large number of small scale pieces that immediately catch the eye. Small they may be, but each piece is uniquely decorated and finely finished. The quality of the glazing is impressive and it will be difficult to resist holding them in the palm of your hand.
Jane Muir and her figurative work will be familiar to our regular visitors. There is an interesting combination of folk art like figures and sophicticated abstraction. Jane studied ceramics at Central St Martins School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Since leaving the RCA in 1992 she has exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, America and Japan. Jane’s figures are not about specific individuals but are a personification of the stereotype or archetypal character. It is their anonymity that allows us to identify for ourselves familiar individuals. Subtle colour and seductive surface textures are key elements in her work; immensely appealing but never sentimental.
Jaeeun Kim is a South-Korean Ceramic artist working in London. Jaeeun began her artistic career working in both ceramics and art therapy. She has worked as a ceramic artist, a lecturer for university students and an art therapist for children with disabilities. Her practice includes hand-made fine stoneware design range of vases, and unique objects. Her art works are based on art therapy which is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modelling or diagnostic activity. Very original work indeed.
Also on display are new functional ceramics by maker Rachel Gray
On the Walls we have work by Emily Powell, Astrig Akseralian and Zoe Taylor.
There will be many pieces here to stimulate and once again we hope make your visit to Bevere Gallery very worthwhile. Enjoy!!