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Ceramics in the City is an excellent ceramics fair and grows from strength to strength each year. This year Clare Crouchman was kind enough to take some pictures for me to share on studiopottery.co.uk – Thank you Clare
“I love the Geffrye Museum as I remember visiting it as a child. The 50s and 60s room takes me straight back to my childhood. With its stylish extension, which opened in 1998, it creates the perfect setting for ‘Ceramics in the City’.
Now in its 11th year the firmly established show has grown in popularity and yet remains a warm and intimate show. Over 50 ceramicists showed their work and there really was something for everyone. The work is always of a really high standard and the variety of work is astounding. Each exhibitor has the same size table and I really enjoy the contrast of colours and textures that makes up the show as a whole.”
“It is a friendly show for the visitors as well as the ceramicists and the cosy, relaxed environment allows for everyone to meet the makers and browse or buy the ceramics and have a look at the museum.
If you have never been before it is definitely worth a visit so come along next year!” (I can certainly endorse that – put a note in your diary to check late next september… Stephen Dee, Editor)
The creative results of an innovative project following the full life story of a single oak tree is set to inspire visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), from October 12 to December 2. Created by the Sylva Foundation, in partnership with artists and craftsmen from throughout Britain, the OneOak exhibition features some 50 items, ranging from a throne chair to tables, benches and wood block prints. All have been created with timbers from a 222-year-old oak tree felled on Blenheim Estate, near Oxford.
From the outset, the incentive of the Sylva Foundation has been to bring people closer to the importance of woodlands and of wood in modern society. With this in mind, the felling, in January 2010, was witnessed by 250 school children and 200 other guests. A year later they were invited back to each plant a young oak, so fulfilling a cycle of sustainable forest management.
The tree was grown initially for its timber, being planted in 1788; the year The Times was first published, when Mozart was working on his last symphony and when the French Revolution was just beginning to stir. It became the most studied oak tree in Britain: it has been weighed, measured with lasers to create a 3D model, studied by a dendrochronologist, and had its carbon content estimated. It has also been featured by dozens of artists, sculptors and photographers. Now, it is being brought to Edinburgh thanks to funding from the Scottish Forestry Trust.
Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation and project co-ordinator Dr Gabriel Hemery said: “This has been an amazing project that has inspired both the public and those who make a living working with wood and caring for our woodlands. Everyone has given their time to the project in so many different ways because they have been inspired by the concept: the realisation that trees and wood are still vital to life even in modern society.”
Dr Hemery continued: “After three years of hard work it has been immensely exciting to be able to bring together all the various elements of the OneOak project. We are able to show the public the stunning artwork, spell-binding films, earth-shattering science and a myriad of truly amazing wood-based products. The only products that we haven’t been able include in real life in the exhibition at RBGE will be a house and a boat!”
Reflecting on the harmony between the origins of OneOak project and the work of RBGE, Exhibitions Officer Elinor Gallant, commented: “This is quite a remarkable exhibition detailing the lifecycle of an iconic tree. It is a story which links well with our experiences as a botanic
garden and with our policy of communicating about the environment at every level. Having hosted two particularly well received drop-in sessions bringing insight to the project, back in January 2011, it makes absolute sense for RBGE to present the full exhibition. I am certain visitors of all ages will be delighted by both the beauty of the wood and the story behind why and how these remarkable pieces have come to be on display.”
OneOak items created for the project include: firewood, woodchip (to heat a house for 6 weeks), sawdust for smoking food by Raymond Blanc, charcoal, bracing beams for a house, transom beam in a boat rowed in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla, door and frame, chest, pedestal table, coffee table, throne chair, clock cabinet, lantern, moebius sculpture, jewellery, wooden clock, acorn oakbot sculpture from waste slabwood, memorial sculpture, carved bowls, carved spoons, turned bowls, sawdust for ceramics glazing, carvings, automata, commemorative garden bench by disabled workers, five benches for primary schools including the spiderbench, contemplation bench, MakeIT! bench national school design competition, nesting tables, fine furniture competition winner’s pieces, small craft items, deer, viola chin rest, printing blocks, relief carving, sounding bowl, wood ash and smoke-glazed ceramics, and a wooden clock.
Above a piece created by Deana Lee using elements of the Oak – called Metamorphosis III, rather appropriately!
We’re only 18 days away from Art in Clay Farnham. Print a copy of this page for your 2-4-1 admission offer. You will need to bring this along to the show to take advantage of the offer. Please feel free to forward this email far and wide.
Talks and Demonstrations
SATURDAY 17th NOVEMBER
12:00 noon – Mark Smith ‘Wombling Around / A Load of Rubbish
Mark will make and assemble a piece of work so that you can see the making process. He will also discuss the importance of sustainable and reclaimed resources.
1:30pm – Elaine Peto ‘Hand-Building Animal Forms’
Slabs of clay come alive as Elaine demos and takes us through the making of one of her dogs.
3:00pm – Roger Cockram ‘In His Element’ (The Art & Science of Roger Cockram)
Roger will give a talk/demo on the recently published book on him by Alan Marshall. Signed copies will be available.
SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER
12:30pm – To be confirmed
2:00pm – Marie Prett ‘Grumpy Acrobat on a Zebra’
Marie will demonstrate making the above and will tell you of her on-going fascination with the circus. Marie will also show slides of past work.
Opening Times: Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 10am – 4.30pm
Admission: Adults – £5; Concessions – £4.50; Children 15yrs and under FREE
Location: The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR
The V&A is delighted that ceramics artist Keith Harrison is Ceramics
Resident at the V&A from October 2012 to March 2013. Harrison is
interested in the opportunities that clay offers in its different
states; as a liquid, plastic and solid and, ultimately, the potential
for the direct physical transformation of clay from a raw state
utilising industrial and domestic electrical systems in a series of
time-based public experiments.
In Harrison’s work, clay is treated generally inappropriately and
variously applied onto an electrical host form. The resulting works are
wilfully idealistic and impractical attempts to permanently change, in
full or in part, the properties of clay or in combination with other raw
materials produce a temporary sensory alteration such as the generation
of sound or an aroma to fill a space.
(photo of ’last supper 2006′ by Ted Giffords)
Keith will be producing a number of lunchtime and evening Disruptions
in various locations in the Museum during his residency and holding
regular Open Studios. Up to date information will be on the V&A
Keith’s first Disruption is on 3rd November in the Ceramics Studio,
Room 143A at 14.00
The event is free and you are invited to drop by.
A further Lunchtime Disruption is planned for 5th December, venue to be
Open Studio and Lunchtime Disruptions
13.00 – 16.00
10, 20, 24 October
3, 7*, 16, 17, 21 November
1, 5*, 15 December
9, 19, 23 January
2, 6, 16, 20 February
2, 6, 16, 20 March
*11.00 – 16.00 hours
Hare and Moon. Dish. (1690-1730) Porcelain with underglazed cobalt blue design, D. 14.48cm.
Alistair Hawtin, author of A Guide to Collecting Studio Pottery, published by A&C Black is selling a large part of his vast collection. This not just Studio Pottery, but also English country pottery, oriental pottery and saltglazed stoneware from England and the continent. There are also some Medieval pots. As a self-confessed “potaholic”, it is hardly surprising that the collection is going to be split into be at least two sales, the first of which will be on at Weller’s auction house in Guildford on Saturday 27th October.
Includes work by a host of famous and less famous – but top quality – potters such as Seth Cardew, David Leach, Sarah Walton, Abuja pottery, Svend Bayer, Glynn Hugo, Mary Rich, Lucie Rie, Janet Leach, Richard Batterham, Jim Malone, Tim Hurn, Charles Vyse and many more……
Viewing at the Guildford Riverside Saleroom, Bedford Rd, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SJ Tel: 01483 802280 starts on 24 October. There is a special talk by Alistair Hawtin at 7pm on the 24th October entitled “Confessions of a Potaholic”
Programme for auction:
|Wednesday 24th October (Special Guest Speaker)||7pm|
|Wednesday 24th October||10am – 5pm|
|Thursday 25th October
(Books Valuation Day 10am – 4pm)
|Friday 26th October||9am-7pm|
|Saturday 27th October||from 8am (AUCTION STARTS AT 9.30AM)|
Oxford Ceramics New show – see details
Linda’s latest book ‘Contemporary tableware’ will be out on 31 Jan 2013.The cover features Bodo Sperlein’s Blossom range for Japanese manufacturer Nikko. Also featured in the book are potters who design tableware for industry including Kevin Millward (thrower of the Sophie Conran range for Portmeirion), Chris Keenan (who designed the Sora tableware range for Habitat) and Keith Brymer Jones, head designer for Make International. The book brings together the diverse infuences on design of contemporary tableware, both industrial and handmade, including Japanese, Scandinavian and British and American midcentury modern design.The book is available to pre-order from Amazon at a saving of £1.25 on the published price of £25.00
Art & Adventure are two of the strands that Christine-Ann Richards has successfully used over the years in planning her travels in China and central Asia. Her first visit with other members of the Craft Potters Association in 1978 has led to an on-going affair with the culture, the country and the peoples of China. This interest in the art, archaeology and philosophy that make up the history of the area have led to many a detour ‘off the beaten track’, which in her travels she seeks to share with others.
Christine-Ann Richards 10th Anniversary Tour with Li Wenying, Programme Director Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute.
Travelling overland from Shanghai to Yixing (teapots) and Tao Yao where they still make large coil pots fired in a dragon kiln. Huangshan, the Yellow Mountain made famous in classical Chinese paintings. Hangzhou on West Lake and Longquan both known for their ceramics including celadon wares. Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China, in time for the opening of its International Ceramics Festival. Included in the price of the tour is the gift of a ‘free’ week from Wenying in celebration of our decade of travelling together. There will be ten days of workshops at Sanbao with, at the end of the tour, the possibility of returning home with some of our own work. Option to stay on at end of tour on a 1 – 3 week residency at Sanbao. Landprice approx. £2,000