Welcome - This is a Social Enterprise Business It aims to help potters and ceramic artists to become better known, to sell their work, to fill their courses and to provide a window into this fantastic world of 3D art!
Gareth (who we hope will join studiopottery.co.uk one day) has just sent me a link to an interesting article about him in Ceramics Monthly, the excellent American Ceramics magazine, written by Helen Bevis, who Gareth says is based near Montpellier in the south of France and contributes regularly to international periodicals on ceramics, culture and people.
The article is entitled The Attraction of Opposites and also includes a section by Gareth on Material and Process, which should be of interest to students and collectors with an interest in Gareths work The article can currently (27.10.2008) be found at this address I hope you enjoy reading it.
My trusted and able assistant is leaving today for an exciting new job ib IT in London. I am delighted for him – he deserves it – he has helped me both as a student and susequently during his gap year for 3 days a week. I am sure many of you will also miss his dedicated work on your behalf. Thank you Neil for all your hard work, and for putting up with me without complaint! (no mean task in itself!!!)
Best wishes from all at studiopottery.co.uk go with you and we wish you every future success.
Jess turner wants some kiln shelves and props for a wood fired kiln reaching temperature of 1350 c, and second hand fire bricks for the same temperature. I have added it to the Classified section of For Sale. I have made no real effort to encourage For Sale and Wanted 2nd Hand Equipment so far, but if anyone thinks there is a need for this I am happy to get going and ‘add the ads’ There will be no cost for 3 months until it gets going and then only a small admin cost (£5, $8 or 6euros).
So if anyone has some Kiln shelves and props for Jess, either let me know or look at the For Sale, Classified section of the site and contact him direct. And any more ads for second hand equipment, to buy or sell, just email me with the details at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to the site.
A number of people have suggested this would be a useful addition, so I hope it gets going and we can have a really useful market place. Any thoughts or suggestions, just let me know.
Well, time flies, I have just seen that the ICF tickets go on sale in a couple of weeks – 1 November to be precise. For my money, this is a really GREAT festival to go to. There is just so much to see and to learn! We already have brief details on the site, but there will be more… Guest demonstrators at present include Sandy Brown, Jack Doherty, Jeff Shapiro, Jean Nicolas Gerard, Regina Heinz, Shozo Michikawa and Don Reitz. With firings by Tom Barnett, Peter Hayes and Nina Hole
Studiopottery.co.uk will be sponsoring the student award for the third time – yes we are getting quite long in the tooth! We were in fact launched in April 2000!
The tickets aren’t cheap but they are VERY good value at £120 or £90 for students for the whole Festival or £70 for Saturday , £60 on Sunday.
Mention our name when you call to book your tickets – and you WON’T get a discount, but we will appreciate it! BUT DO BOOK EARLY as the tickets disappear very quickly!!
Look at the event listing on our site – or just phone them on 01970-623232 or go through the website www.internationalceramicsfestival.org
I hope to see some of you there next July:)
Cultural connections was founded in 1998 by Birthe Fraser to promote Danish and Nordic Applied Art in the UK, following more than a decade as Cultural Attache to denmarks London Embassy. Birthe’s professional background is as an archaeologist of the Ancient Middle East with a particular knowledge of ceramics, faience and glass. Her depth of knowledge shines out in the quality and structure of her exhibitions and this years “Collect in the Country” showing at the Barn galleries near Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, UK is no exception.
The setting complements the work wonderfully and at the entrance are a few pices of Wendy Hoares’ large pots, plus a few smaller pieces for the modern sized garden! The exhibition continues until 12 October 2008 and for anyone within reach it is well worth a trip (details on the events section of www.studiopottery.co.uk).
Some of the makers may not be too well known in Britain, but are all prominent National and International artists.
Bodil Manz’s delicate and fine porcelain with pencil sharp designs were, as always, exciting pieces to see and absorb.
I loved the solidity and strength of Lis Ehrenreich’s work and the interesting textures on Kim Holm’s cylinders.
Gutte Eriksen, (1918-2008) has been described as the ‘Grand Dame’ of Danish ceramics – she graduated from the Danish School for Arts and Crafts in 1938 She had many study tours, working first with Bernard Leach, who visited her several times in Denmark and then in France including La Borne. She was influenced particularly by the Leach sojourn and inspired by and engaged in the techniques and forms of the Far East. Following a visit by Michael Gill in 1950 she became interested in some of his glazes, developing them to become her own very characteristic glazes varying from black to degrees of blue, brown and grey, sometimes with specs of red/turquoise. Two pieces in the exhibition are illustrated below.
There were the sharp and squared designs of Dorte Visby, the contrasting smooth and rounded porcelain of Ivan Weiss who worked at Royal Copenhagen for many years until 2002. There were interesting bottle forms from Ulla Hansen. Aase Haugaard’s work figured prominently as well as the interesting animal forms by Steen Lykke Madsen.
The show was very well balanced and a pleasure to visit, helped by the depth of knowledge about each of the potters made freely available by Birthe and on panels on the walls and a table with reference books.
I came away knowing that I need to get to know Nordic Ceramics a lot better and to see Nordic Artists far better represented on the Studiopottery website.
My thanks to Birthe for providing much of this information
Images from top, left to right The exhibition barn; Wendy Hoare’s work; View including work by Aase Haugaard; Gutte Eriksen, bowl and pot; Dorte Visby; Ulla Hansen; Bodil Manz; Ivan Weiss.
I have just read that ownership of Ceramics – Art and Perception and Ceramics Technical has changed hands from Janet Mansfield to Elaine O Henry.
Both great publications which Janet has built up over the last 19 years. The quality, depth and interest of the Articles is excellent and I am sure many will join with me in thanking Janet for so much dedication and hard work over the last 19 years.
Janet says “I wanted to give ceramic artists and everyone associated with ceramics a magazine that would be relevant, positive about the future, a serious resource for International Ceramics and to be uncompromising in its quality ” – it has been all of that. Thank you Janet and your whole team…
The good news is that I am quite sure that Elaine Henry will carry on the good work and that both magazines will continue to educate and delight all those with an interest in Contemporary Ceramics.
John Rastall at Harlequin Gallery 68 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8LF has recently sent me the following notice:
It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that the Harlequin Gallery will be closing for business at 68 Greenwich High Road from 29th March 2009. This closing date has been brought forward from the end of 2009, as Trevor Coldrey feels that he needs to convert the ground floor into living accommodation as he is having increasing difficulty in dealing with the current arrangement that sees him living in the basement and upper two floors.
When taking over the gallery in February 1999 I did not think that the agreement we had would last this long and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Trevor for allowing me to continue for 10 happy years. Without his understanding and his decision to charge what is a very reasonable rent the gallery would not have been a viable proposition and, although I never started it with the intention of making my fortune, is has always been necessary for it to make a profit.
With this in mind it is very unlikely that I will be able to find alternative premises that would have a rent low enough to allow me to continue in the way that I have, although in an ideal world I would wish to do so. However, I am making every effort to continue to trade in some form and am currently trying to arrange several exhibitions for later in 2009 at other venues.
I will continue to keep you informed of further developments and if any of you have suggestions please let me know.
Thank you all for your support and, hopefully, continuing support over the coming months.
I will be very sorry to see Harlequin close, as they have had and continue to have some great pottery exhibitions. If anyone feels they can suggest possible alternative premises for John, please let him or me know as soon as possible.
John’s current show – full details on the website is from 5 October to 26 October and features: Deirdre Burnett, Yuriko Hill and Ursula Mommens (now a centenarian) – or as my mother was recently called (she is 101 now – a centurion!)
Artists in the Ceramics marquee at Art in Action raised £2000 for the Priors Court Foundation in July 2008. Each of the 24 ceramicists demonstrating and exhibiting their work, were invited by curator Sherry Moran to create a piece to fire in Peter Hayes’ raku kiln. All the artists took the invitation as an opportunity to experiment with their work and the results were unique ‘one of a kind’ pieces. The daily auction produced some unexpected prices and the artists made the decision to donate these profits. A cheque was presented to Dame Stephanie Shirley the founding patron on Friday 19 September at Waterperry House.
From right to left, Sherry Moran (Section Head of Ceramics), Peter Hayes (Ceramic artist), Dame Stephanie Shirley and Jeremy Sinclair (Organiser, Art in Action).