Event Reviews

International Ceramics Festival 2013 – Kiln Build

We arrived at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and University for the biennial International Ceramics Festival on Wednesday 26th June, lunchtime. By the end of Friday, we had our little Phoenix wood-kiln packed and ready to fire.

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The firing on Saturday went very smoothly indeed. We achieved

Potfest in the Park – July 26th – 28th & Potfest in the Pens – Aug 2nd – 4th

   

Vladimir Groh & Yasuyo Nishida – Czech Republic                      Aire Goutt-Allikmets - France

Observed and Made: Contemporary Ceramics from Joanna Veevers and Sasha Wardell 5th July – 31st August 2013

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The De Morgan Centre will be welcoming two established ceramic artists this summer in a selling exhibition. Observed and Made will highlight a variety of ceramic techniques from 5th July – 31st August 2013.

Review: Art Fair Tokyo 2013 by Tony Laverick

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I recently exhibited at the Art Fair Tokyo at the invitation of Gallery St Ives, Tokyo.

Ceramic Art London: 12-14 April 2013

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Welcome to the show! and new work from Matthew Blakely

This was an excellent show,

Handmade in Britain 12: 16-18 November 2012

This show at Chelsea Old Town Hall in the Kings Road, Chelsea, London exceeded my expectations. There was much first class and innovative design and art (call it craft if you must!) in evidence and although my primary interest was in enjoying the ceramics, I was also drawn to some superb jewellery (see Gun Thor for example – www.gunthor.com) or Sarah Herriot Design (www.sarahherriot.com). It is invidious to pick out a few examples of great work for there was much more that i could equally have identified!

Turning now to ceramics there was little that i did NOT like. I was glad to see Kirsty Adams making a return after a few years away looking after her young children (she has promised me some new images of her current work), to see the emerging talent of Alex McCarthy, enjoy Alex Allpress’s new work, to meet  Norman Yap and appreciate his excellent work – see how Richard Heeleys work is progressing and examine Sotis Filippides very tempting wall pieces. I enjoyed Stephanie Wrights thrown, but altered sculpture and found a large piece of Ingrid Saag’s work ‘Swing’ something i could really live with. It was full of life and movement and just ‘danced’ for me! I will be surprised if it has not been sold by the time I am writing this short note. A couple of pictures are shown below:

 

Also new work from a new ceramic artist Brittany Delany:

So, may i suggest that, if in London or within reach of London this weekend, you try and get to this show. I liked it a lot and hope that you might as well!

Stephen Dee, Editor

Georgia Shearmans solo show at Arno’s Vale Cemetery,in front of the Spielman Centre, Bath Road,Bristol BS4 3EW. 27/28 October 2012.

  

A group of images from Georgia’s latest successful solo show at the unusual but dramatic location of Arnos Vale cemetery, in front of the Spielman Centre, Bristol

Ceramics in the City 22nd September – 25th September 2012

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)

Maggie Barnes: Arts Council Research & Development Grant: 2010 – 2012

In the spring of 2010 Maggie Barnes was awarded an Arts Council Research & Development Grant. The intention was to mark 30 years of practice by re-visiting a technique she’d experimented with 20 years earlier whilst living and working in Germany.

Beyond the research period, a body of work is to be developed to complement her well-established white porcelain production, and move studio practice forward into a fourth decade of development.

The process is NERIKOMI, a Japanese technique involving the lamination of stained porcelain slabs to create intricately patterned blocks and sheets of clay which are then cut and re-assembled to form decorative vessels. Although the process is historic, the nature of assembly means that the maker is able to produce his/her unique interpretations.

It’s important to note that the emphasis of this experimental work is on process; with faults, failures, and downright disasters shown alongside early successes. Maggie believes that to fail is a necessary part of the learning experience, and that lasting skills are acquired through hard work, long hours, and many disappointments.

The various outcomes from this intensive period of exploration are to be showcased in September 2012 at the Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, where Maggie will give an illustrated talk later in the autumn. (see events listings)

Preview September 21st. A small publication recording this period of Research & Development can be ordered direct from Maggie priced £5 postage free or from the Gallery shop.

  

Argilla 2012: 31 August to 2 September 2012 – Review

John Townsend attended this event at Faenza and was kind enough to give us a flavour of it. I do hope more members (and non-members) will consider it for 2014.

Faenza, Italy, hosted the third Argilla on 31 August to 2 September.

This biennial event in the city famous since the renaissance for it’s majolica ware (’faience’) has developed into a high energy phenomenon combining an international ceramic fair, multiple demonstrations and a whole city celebrating it’s passion for high quality ceramics.

170 ceramists from 15 countries were spread out in the gaily decorated streets of the historic centre which were thronged with many thousands of locals, visitors from other Italian cities and tourists from the rest of the world. There was a special display from this year’s invited country – Finland

Two kilns were built and fired in the main piazza and lectures, demonstrations and social events crowded the busy weekend. An excellent organizing team with many enthusiastic volunteers ensured the success of the event.

The organizers have worked hard since 2005 to create a network of common interest in the ceramic communities of Italy and the rest of Europe and are keen to widen the circle to include the UK.

I enjoyed being part of this major event and hope more British ceramists will be at the next edition in 2014!

John Townsend

1. Happy customer. 2. Outside the International Ceramic Museum. 3. More Happy Customers. 4.In the historic centre. 5. Enthusiastic Volunteer