Hopefully, you will have had the opportunity to read our promotional pieces about the Three of a Kind June and July exhibitions – indeed you may have already visited Part 1. They set out the twenty-two makers who have agreed to take part in our 15th anniversary celebration. We thought it would be interesting at this point to report on the response that we have had from many of our visitors.
Three of a Kind – Part One
Three of a Kind is an especially curated show to celebrate our fifteen years as a specialist studio ceramics gallery.
We have held around 150 exhibitions over that time and shown the work of many great makers ranging from the very well-known to the newly emerging talent.
As is the Gallery’s ethos of showing diversity through contemporary ceramics we wanted a show that brought together makers with established reputations across all disciplines and techniques.
The idea behind exhibiting just three new pieces from each maker was to allow us to show eleven makers in June (Part One) and another eleven in July (Part Two). Our request to them was to submit new pieces that they felt represent them the best.
Apart from the aesthetics we hope that there will be much to see and learn about the way different materials and techniques impact on the finished piece.
Although curatorially, we had some hesitation initially about showing only three pieces from each maker, most of our visitors appreciate the opportunity to focus on three fine examples of each maker’s output, techniques and base materials. The contrast within each group of ceramicists has been particularly commented on and for us, this epitomises the Bevere Gallery principles of quality and diversity.
As we have discussed before, it is also evident that people are taking time to look at and physically handle the work. The longer time spent looking, the more characteristics and nuances of the work emerge. This may of course be a post lockdown response as one of the first opportunities to see the work in the flesh – so to speak!
There has been a general acknowledgement that the exhibition has makers of the highest quality – it has been a delight to put it together. If you have already been to Part 1 then please do come and enjoy part 2 in July. If you have yet to see the show, then do try to make it before the end of June and then hopefully whet your appetite for another visit for the second exhilarating part of our celebration. See you soon.