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Solo exhibition of Gabriele’s new work. (PV: 12 september 6.00pm to 8.00pm.) at the Contemporary ceramics centre in Russell Street (full details on events listings)
Alongside her traditional work are new pots which are forceful and graphic; a marriage of high-fired coarse black clay with white porcelain.
A consultation is being held regarding proposed new limits for Cadmium and Lead release in pottery and glass that is intended for use with food. Under these proposed new rules the lead release limit is lowered by 400 times the current one.
This will affect a lot of potters, especially those of us making functional wares and using commercial or own recipe lead based glazes. I think as many people as possible should have the opportunity to respond to this consultation. In summary, the European Commission is looking into revising limits for the release of lead and cadmium from ceramic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, as currently laid down in Council Directive 84/500. The Commission are also considering including other materials, such as glass, in the new measure.
A link to the information and the questionaires is here:
Please pass it on to others who may be interested.
The Potters annual “Heaven on Earth” The International Ceramic Fair – Oldenburg has – once again – been a great success.
Although the forecast predicted rain and showers over northern Germany the International Ceramic Fair took place on the beautifully renewed Chateau square untroubled by any bad weather last weekend. There is hardly any other place in Germany where one can marvel at this material transformed into a diversity of crafted and artistic forms at such a high level. 120 ceramists from all over Germany, 10 from other European countries and also from Japan showed an excellent overview of contemporary ceramics. Once again about 60.000 connoisseurs, enthusiasts, experts and laymen from near and far took the opportunity to visit this open air gallery offering a huge variety of beautiful pieces made of clay.
The one day opening session – the “Ceramic Portrait“ a lecture and demonstration – presented two outstanding international ceramic artists –John Higgins from Great Britain and Rafa Pérez from Spain. 36 participants booked this singular exciting event.
About 1600 visitors viewed the special exhibitions in the in the Oldenburg County Museum for Art and Cultural History:
These were the solo exhibition of last year’s winners of the NEW CERAMICS-Award, Martin Möhwald and Nicole Toss, and the theme exhibition/competition where the fairs participants demonstrated their skill and creativity to the ambiguous topic of “ipot”. The winners of this competition were, Chiharu Koda from Japan (3. prize 250 €), to Aire Goutt-Allikmets from France (2. prize 500 €) and to Haneke Engel from the Netherlands (1. prize 1000 €).
Ute Großmann from Dresden in Germany won the Public Prize.
The jury of the NEW CERAMICS-Award – Dr. Michael Reinbold (Landesmuseum for Art and Cultural History Oldenburg), Dr. Josef Straßer (Die Neue Sammlung, Munich), Marta Donaghey (Contemporary Ceramics London/Craft Potters Association), ceramist Martin McWilliam (Chairman of the Werkschule) and Bernd Pfannkuche (Publisher of the magazine NEUE KERAMIK/NEW CERAMICS) – also had no easy choice. This highly regarded award comes with 1000 € prize money donated by Bernd Pfannkuche and goes to Let de Kok from the Netherland. We are looking forward to her exhibition in the Landesmuseum for Art and Cultural History – Oldenburg next year!
Beate Anneken, Künstlerische Leiterin
Every other year Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou hosts an International Arts and Crafts Fair the CIAO. Ursula Waechter visited the fair in 2011 and as a result set up a Micro Credit Project in a village in Burkino Faso this year (2012).
The lower picture that shows some of the women on the day that they signed their name to be part of this Micro Finance project. So far one group – about 12 women – has taken out and repaid their loan; they produced shea butter.
At the moment two further groups have taken out loans to grow vegetables and raise life stock.
In October Ursula Waechter will be visiting Burkina and Yilou village to see how things are going. I am sure that if anyone wanted to contact her there may be some help that could be offered which could be useful to the villages?
Art in Clay at Hatfield had to cope with poor weather, Friday wasn’t good and Saturday was worse, and the (pleasant) disruption of the Olympic Torch passing through Hatfield. However it was still a great show – the quality of work was as good, if not better than in previous years and although visitors were down because of the weather, i am told that sales were actually up over the whole show, with some excellent high value single sales taking place.
Sadly this will be the 8th and last year of the Studiopottery.co.uk sponsorship of the Excellence Award and after award winners who included:
Deirdre Burnett, Eddie Curtis, Ian Rylatt, Geoffrey Swindell, Chris Lewis and Barry Guppy and Richard Godfrey
This year the Award was made the David and Margaret Frith and there could not have been more worthy winners. Both have contributed enormously to British studio pottery over many years and their work is of fantastic quality.
We extend our congratulations to them both. – Stephen Dee, Studiopottery.co.uk