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Parade Mews Art Studios Christmas Sale at Parade Mews Studio 1st - 3rd December 2017 Christmas sale
Contemporary Studio Ceramics Exhibition at SCULPT GALLERY 2nd - 23rd December 2017 Includes new work from Antonia Salmon
Peter Hayes - Open Studio at Open Studio, Bath 25th November 2017 - 23rd December 2017 Chance to meet Peter Hayes and see/buy his new work
Dylan Bowen - Christmas Open Studio 2017 at Open studio, Dylan Bowen 7th - 9th December 2017 Chance to meet Dylan and see his studio and maybe buy some of his latest work.

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Classes in Portugal - Catherine Portal - 18th - 22nd September 2017
A 5 day intensive workshop: 5 days of  'potting' with no interruptions where each one can explore their creativity through hand-building, sculpting or wheelwork and then relax round the garden table over a home-cooked lunch enjoying conversations with fellow potters.
CHILDREN'S SUMMER POTTERY WEEK in East Sussex - 7th - 10th August 2017
Have fun and get messy discovering a variety of hand building, throwing and decorating techniques!
Residential Pottery Courses in France with Sylph Baier - 14th May to 14th October, 2017
It is mainly throwing based and would suit students with some throwing experience but other techniques can also be covered as well as glazing and firing in electric and gas reduction kiln
Hand Building & Smoke Firing Course at the Moulin with Frances Marr - 11th - 17th June 2017
Over the the course of the week we will explore smoke-firing techniques resulting from the interaction of clay and fire. 

Archive for January, 2013

Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition – deadline 7 February 2013

Here is your chance to support budding young artists and Black Swan Arts in five easy steps …

1. Learn all about the Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition by visiting the website www.blackswan.org.uk/youngopen2013.

2. Tell all the young people you know between the ages of 8 and 19 about this unique competition.

3. Encourage them to enter their best art or craft work * – which can be either newly created or something they have already made.

4. Make sure they have the website address so they can submit their work online.

5. Forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested.

THANK YOU

Amanda Sheridan – Curator

Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition 2013
www.blackswan.org.uk/youngopen2013

*Painting, sculpture, jewellery, pottery, drawing, weaving, in fact any form of creative art and on any theme. This isn’t a photography competition, but if used as part of an art work then it is acceptable.

Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB

Tel. 01373 473980 Email: info@blackswan.org.uk

Submissions close on 7th February 2013

(note – the deadline has been extended!)

It costs between £3 – £5 to enter,
depending on age.

Amazing prizes of half-day workshops
with professional artists.

Work will be curated and shown in the
main Black Swan Gallery from
23rd February to 9th March 2013

Hannah McAndrew Celebrates Ten Years of her Pottery Business – Open Studio 9 February 2013!

On February 10th 2003 The Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust (now Princes Trust Youth Business Scotland) agreed to give Hannah a start up grant for her pottery business. This year she is celebrating her tenth year of running her pottery business and plans to mark it with a series of events and special pots starting with an open studio day on February 9th at her workshop in Kelton, Castle Douglas.
Hannah is an award winning slipware potter. She uses a technique that has been used for centuries to create earthenware pots characterised by the use of liquid clays called slips to trail patterns and images across their surfaces. Though inspired by medieval British pottery Hannah uses these techniques in such a way that the pots she makes are characteristically hers and not copies of older wares.
Hannah works in red terracotta clay and mixes coloured slips to create the decoration which is so key to her work. For many years her pots have been fired in an electric kiln but recently she has built a wood fired kiln and is now getting to grips with firing her pots in it. This adds the element of fire and flame into the mix and brings with it more variation and depth of colour and excitement, a further connection with the whole process and of course risk but that is all par for the course.
  
Hannah’s Wood Kiln and Hannah in action stoking the kiln! (photos by Colin Tennant)
“I make pots with a purpose, pots for use in the home. My work, thrown in red earthenware is decorated with coloured slips and rich honey glazes. The decoration is applied to the surface of the pot whilst the slipped surface is still glistening wet. The nature of this means that patterns applied must be free and fluid to take full advantage of this state.”
Hannah exhibits widely across the UK and this year has been selected to be a part of Earth and Fire, an international pottery festival held in Nottingham and at Potfest in the Park at Hutton-in-the-Forest by Penrith. Exhibitions in galleries across the country are a regular occurrence too with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the Castlegate House Gallery in Cockermouth being among a number of venues for 2013.
In April 2011 Hannah was invited to demonstrate her skills in America at a series of workshops at arts centres on the east coast. November of the same year saw her exhibiting at the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show as one of a select group of crafts people from Scotland who were there as invited guests of the show. During March 2012 an exhibition billed as ‘the best of British slipware’ and featuring just three potters was held at Gallery St. Ives in Tokyo, Japan and Hannah’s pottery was included.
2013 brings with it the opportunity to exhibit in the USA again during the Minnesota Potters Tour in the St Croix Valley. The first none American to be invited to take part as a guest of the show. Later in the year  Hannah will be teaching a slipware master class at Kigbeare in Devon along with Doug Fitch of Devon and Ron Philbeck of the USA.
Hannah’s work is in public and private collections across the UK and beyond.
Hannah will be having an open workshop on Saturday 9th February from 3pm till 8pm at Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas. All will be welcome to come and see new work and to celebrate the ten year achievement.
For more details please contact Hannah on 01556 680220 or info@hannahmcandrew.co.uk
Hannah McAndrew.
Studio 3, Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas, South West Scotland DG7 1SX
01556 680220
www.hannahmcandrew.co.uk

Essex Studio Potters at Chelmsford Museum – permanent exhibition starts mid January 2013

The exhibition is curated by Dr Mark Curteis and his team at the museum. Potters who are showing in the exhibition so far include: Shaun Hall  (Large Nuclear Jug), Richard Baxter (large footed bowl), Lola Swain (big beautiful coiled and burnished pot), Suzanne Rampton (possibly a functional work), Madelaine Murphy (a trio of totemic birdhouses in Raku -dedicated to sweets), and Alan Foxley (sculptural garden piece).

I have a picture from Shaun of his jug and hope to be able to add more images later. The exhibition is listed under ‘events‘ as well

The Museum boasts a beautiful display of ceramics, fine Georgian glass, English pottery and contemporary pots from local artists.

Ceramics on display include 17th-18th century tin glaze pottery (“English delft”) and the unusual Victorian “Essex Art Pottery” made by Edward Bingham and his family at Castle Hedingham in North Essex. A contemporary decorative and narrative pot by the Chelmsford-born Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry is “The Chelmsford Sissies”. He imagined a Civil War incident and created a modern cross-dressing illustration on the pot.

This contrasts with the modern austerity of work by Joanna Constantinidis (1927-2000), a potter of international reputation who lived at Little Baddow and taught in Chelmsford from 1951 to 1989. Items on display include a large group of pieces she kept, acquired from her estate after her death.

Chelmsford Museum
Oaklands Park
Moulsham Street
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 9AQ

Maker in Focus: Clare Crouchman Ceramics, collographs and etchings: 5 January to 23 February 2013

Clare Crouchman draws upon the intricate shapes and textures in the landscape for inspiration. She is intrigued by rhythmical and repetitive patterns that repeat themselves naturally on both a large and small scale.

The artist’s choice of materials and working methods are crucial to the desired outcomes. Ceramic materials go through a series of transformational processes, paralleling those of the natural world, which bring a strong physical dimension to her work. An influence of cities, mapping, mazes and labyrinths is evident.

 

Clare says: Contemporary physics has redefined how we understand the world. The ‘implicate order’ as proposed by the physicist David Bohm states that all things have an underlying ‘interconnectedness’. This theory resonates with the way that I instinctively see the world around me to exist. I have been intrigued by rhythmical and repetitive patterns that repeat themselves naturally on both a large and small scale. This fascination connects with Bohm’s view and is in line with other quantum theories that each small piece may contain a microcosm of the whole. This further suggests that nature is an orderly process in the ‘chaos’ of the world. 

Working intuitively, I sense the underlying connections and systems that reflect notions in quantum physics and the idea of unity. The resulting patterns or rhythms of lines are interrelating but there is not necessarily a sequence of events, more an underlying network of integration.

New Ashgate Gallery Trust, Waggon Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS, +44 (0)1252 713208 www.newashgate.org.uk