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!
I liked these new community sculptures and thought you would be interested in details: Teena Gould is a member of our website and an innovative potter/sculptor – she most recently has been involved in a project called Coastal Ceramics – details of which can be found on her profile page.
The commission to design, make and install a series of ceramic sculptures came from Lewisham Council, London. Frendsbury Gardens is a small, wonderfully planted community garden which has been developed as a collaboration with the local community and Lewisham. Before moving to Wales, the majority of my public art projects were London based, transforming inner city spaces as an expression of the space and the aspirations of the people in the area.
Starting with a public meeting, I produced designs, and then worked with a nursery school, gardening group, youth club, and community groups to produce mosaics,and ceramic forms which I then developed in my studio. Huge sheets of decorated clay were transported back to Wales, and production started.
The sculptures are a series of cylinders which express the transition of the garden and the community using growth and development of seeds and plants a metaphor. Over 750 ceramic tiles were produced, together with glass mosaic and mirror. The sculptures describe a passage through the garden, starting with larger statement ones at the main entrance. I made plaster moulds, using exotic vegetables as the base for the shapes. A variety of clays, slips, oxides and glazes gave me the language of dark to light. Slip painted slabs were cut into strips, and once installed the patterns read wonderfully around the columns.
Enviroworks Lewisham originally built the garden, and they returned to install the concrete columns, and apply the ceramics. They are a community enterprise team, and some of the long-term unemployed staff live on the estates surrounding Frendsbury Gardens.
Hatfield, as always was a ceramics show in England not to be missed. With 10,000 visitors plus it is recognised as a keynote show in the calendar for many! With just under 200 exhibitors there is a huge range of choice for both collectors and those with a more casual interest in ceramic art – few would have come away without a purchase of some type from the tempting displays. The Peers Award was won by John Higgins. Some images of John’s work are shown below:
Amanda at Mission gallery has sent me some images of the ceramicists in their Christmas show: They include: Belinda Berger, Sean Gordon, Sara Moorhouse, Lowri Davies, Chris Keenan, Tony White, Nancy Baldwin, Christine Jones, Sue Binns.
On BBC Radio 4FM is a series of programmes by Roger Law of Spitting Image fame under the above title. in the 1980′s he went to Stoke to get some Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan satirical Teapots made. He is returning to see what has become of the craftsmen who made them.
Well worth listening to – I am indebted to John Pollex for pointing out this series to me. See more on http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8350518.stm