To celebrate 15 years as a specialist ceramics gallery.
|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.|
The eleven makers detailed below have been invited to take part because they are prime examples of the diversity of the craft through their chosen making process.
TIM ANDREWS – raku
Raku is an ancient and distinctive process that gives all work a special quality. Tim, a long-established maker, produces vessels each beautifully crafted and finished. Undoubtedly, the chosen process adds to the presence of these fine pots.
KYRA CANE – porcelain
Kyra is a maker and teacher of ceramics whose life is totally absorbed by vessels and their making. Her handling of porcelain – not the easiest of clays – is masterful and her pots have great presence.
DAVID FRITH – stoneware
David is a maker of long-established reputation admired by other makers and ceramic enthusiasts alike. The range of his work demonstrates his unending creative energy despite his many years of making.
JOHN HIGGINS – slabwork
John is a maker whose work continues to develop and change notwithstanding many years of making and teaching ceramics. Slab building is a long established process and it contributes to the shaping of his vessels as well as facilitating his artistic decoration.
JANE HOLLIDGE – coiling
Coiling may be a technique dating back thousands of years, however, Jane’s vessels are strikingly contemporary. Her immaculate finishing and brilliant use of colour secure her place in contemporary ceramics.
JONATHAN KEEP – computer design and printing
Jonathan has been at the forefront of computer designed and printed ceramics for some time. He produces work using computer code to create and include the elemental, natural mathematical patterns and structures that underlie all form. His work is much admired.
SALLY MACDONELL – ceramic sculpture
Sally has become a ceramic sculptor whose work is immediately identifiable as hers alone. The impact of her pieces – predominately human figures – is in the skill of the modelling and her detailed decoration.
JILL SHADDOCK – casting
Jill is undoubtedly amongst the most skilled of makers using casting as her primary making process. The attention to detail, triple and even quadruple layering is impressive. Despite her young age she has already established her reputation as a maker.
ANNA SILVERTON – thrown
Anna is a classic example of design elegance. Her thrown vessels are monochrome with minimal decoration. The presence of each piece is generated by form and scale.
BARRY STEDMAN – earthenware
Barry is a striking example of the three-dimensional abstract artist – his pots change from each perspective and over time his use of colour has markedly developed.
SASHA WARDELL – bone china
Sasha has advanced traditional bone china production using techniques developed by her. The outcome is work of high quality, distinctive colouration and elegant design. Each piece responds to light in extraordinary ways that add to the presence of her work.
Over the past fifteen years we have established some great friendships with makers and customers alike, we would like to thank everyone for their support. We all love what we do here at the Gallery, working within such a creative environment and handling such diverse pieces of art each week, and it is made richer by these friendships.