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Following Ashraf’s completion of his MA at the Royal College of Art, he offers this body of new work at the ‘triple C’ in Russell Street in London. Ashraf comments on his new work: “My work is concerned with exploring form through scale, colour, texture and material…..” Having seen his new work at the RCA Degree show, I can confirm that it is well worth a visit to see this new show. Some examples of his new work are below:
8/9/2011 – saw the show last night -confirmed my earlier thoughts, well worth a visit, also chance to visit the British Museum opposite – and a coffee in Ruskin’s in Museum Street is good!
A good show as always, with a vast range of top quality work to view. The studiopottery award (a free stand in next years show) went to Richard Godfrey this year. This is the 7th year this award has been made with previous awards going to: Deirdre Burnett, Eddie and Margaret Curtis, Ian Rylatt, Geoffrey Swindell, Chris Lewis and Barry Guppy. I cannot really highlight particular favourites as there is so much. For me it is always a pleasure to meet and chat with old friends and to meet new ones. To see how different ceramicists work is developing and to experience the excitement of finding new work by makers i have not seen before. A bonus this year was the Henry Moore exhibition at Hatfield House. (pictures, left to right, top to bottom. Richard Godfrey receiving his award – left Andy McInnes, Art in Clay, right Stephen Dee, Studiopottery.co.uk; Work by Ross Emerson, Richard Godfrey – traditional work, scuptural recent work; Ostinelli and Priest; Helen Rondell )
This is an exhibition of work made by painters and potters – inspired by each other. The exhibiting artists are: John Maltby & Vicki Nigoumi, Linda Bloomfield & Sarah Spackman, Jenny Grevatte & John Wright, Tim Burns inspired by Lisa Hammond and Emily Feaver inspired by Gareth Mason
John Maltby – Brief Biography
Born in Lincolnshire, England, 1936. Studied sculpture at Leicester and Goldsmiths College, London. Taught painting and sculpture for two and a half years before working with David Leach at Bovey Tracey in 1962. In 1964 he started his own pottery at Stoneshill, Devonshire, England, making stoneware, earthenware and porcelain.
He has lectured widely in England and has been a frequent visiting lecturer at Bergen Kunsthandverksskole, Norway. In May 1987 he was the sole judge of the International Pottery Competition (Fletcher Challenge Award) in Auckland, New Zealand. July 1987 he conducted a Seminar in Berne, Switzerland, “Creativity Developing a Personal Style” which was repeated in Basle in 1988. In 1989 he was invited by Galerie Handwerk, Munich, to give a lecture and open the exhibtiion English Ceramics. He has also published articles in Ceramic Review (nos. 29, 78, 102) and Crafts (no. 80: ‘The Leach Tradition’).
Awards include: 1966 Craft Award, Gwen Mullins Trust; 1975 Gold Medal, Faenza, International Exhibitions of Contemporary Ceramics, Italy.; 1981 Craft Award, South West Arts.; 1986 Major Craft Fellowship, South West Arts
He is a member of the Craftsman Potters Assosication of Great Britain, and the British Crafts Centre and is an advisor to the Leach Archive at the Holbourne of Menstrie Museum, Bath, England.
Normally my ceramics are ‘about’, English landscape and architecture: they derive their forms and surfaces from a subconscious sense of our history – ‘this sea-washed country where the air is never quite free from mist; where the light of the sun is more often pale and pearly than it is fiery. This atmosphere has sunk into our souls. It has affected our art as it affects our life – but it has not resulted in a congenital softness of vision’ (Quotation from John Piper, ‘British Romantic Artists, 1943).
Works from the ‘Kings, Queens and Angels: Such titles are the very fabric of our English Heritage. They are timeless and yet are a microcosm of our own world. They are ancient players; symbols of our dignity and of our fallibility and they are the myths and the essence of our Englishness.
Bernard Leach: He became infatuated the imagination of Bernard Leach and his philosophy with its strong emphasis on traditional (oriental) craft skills and made individual stoneware ceramics within this tradition for a number of years.
In 1996 due to ill health, John Maltby was unable to continue in his established direction and was forced, for a while, to make small individual objects on the kitchen table! John found these small sculptures so much more interesting and continues to make them.
“In this new work, the flexibility of idea and image can be explored more freely. Constraints of function are no longer present and I feel newly liberated from some of the limitatons of the ceramic tradition; but I hope that those skills of the ‘Leach’ tradition (so hard won!) can be assimilated into and contribute to the vitality of the work.
Margaret Curtis has accepted an invitation to include six of her teabowls in an exhibition dedicated to Chawans in Japan. The exhibition will take place at Gallery St Ives, Tokyo in December. Margaret, who was recently invited to become a fellow of the CPA, will show her work alongside around ten other potters from Japan and the UK. Update: The other potters taking part in this show will be:
- from the UK: you, Clive Bowen, Jack Doherty, Doug Fitch, Lisa Hammond, Tony Laverick
and Phil Rogers
- and from Japan: Koichiro Isezaki, Tsubusa Kato, Ryotaro Kato, Tomoo Hamada, Ken
Matsuzaki, Kouichi Uchida and Takuro Kuwata
There will be the usual opportunities to see John Leach throwing pots in the workshop and watch the 2,000 pots from the latest kiln firing being unpacked by Nick Rees, Mark Melbourne and the team.
New pots from the Muchelney catalogue range, as well as new signed pieces by John, Nick and Mark, will be available to buy, fresh from the firing.
There will also be a water colour exhibition in the gallery, Lucy Willis, RWA - ‘London to Aleppo’ which continues to 9 November. Sculptor Ben Leach will be demonstrating stone carving and discussing his work and recent commissions. There will also be the opportunity to have a go yourself!
Brown and Forrest Smokery and Burrow Hill Cider Brandy Distillery will also be joining us again with samples for you to try. Burrow Hill tasters will be served in complimentary noggin pots – while stocks last!