Event Reviews

Ashraf & Sue Hanna – Rufford Craft Gallery 22-June- 15 July 2012

This is an exhibition that charts the development of their work over the last four years since their last exhibition at Rufford. Sue will be showing new work exploring the figure in the abstract and a series of wall panels inspired by the geometric symbols and rhythmic designs of the Kuba people of the Congo. Ashraf will be showing  a body of work that represents new directions after his time out to do an MA at the RCA as well as a select group of his original Raku work.

Exhibition opens at 10am Friday 22nd. Ashraf & Sue Hanna will be at the Gallery throughout the opening weekend.

Out of the Earth – Chris Carter & Martin Green: until 14 January 2012

Renowned potter Chris Carter and archaeologist Martin Green share their fascination with the prehistoric past of Cranborne Chase.  Through art and artefact, they reveal a story of the humans that occupied the landscape before history was written.

Out of the Earth explores a dialogue between artist and archaeologist as they respond to the objects excavated from flint-rich soils of Cranborne Chase.  Artefacts from Martin’s own museum, which displays the finds he has discovered over the years, will be on display alongside Chris’s artwork and objects from Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Heritage Museum.  Together, the objects describe and uncover the imprints left by farming, community and ritual activities in the past.

Chris and Martin describe themselves as ‘sons of the soil’, both having been raised on farms in the countrysides of Warwickshire and Dorset.  They met following a BBC4 radio show ‘Open Country’ which featured Down Farm on Cranborne Chase.  Martin had been excavating there since he inherited it in 1979 and Chris’s interest in the Chase landscape soon developed into a passion for exploring it through his art.

The exhibition shows new developments in Chris’s work and is itself a testimony to the continuing influence of prehistoric people on us today as their artistry, communities and ritual activities are re-discovered through archaeology.  Chris describes the way he searches for his pots in the clay as akin to the archaeologist’s search for an object in the earth.  Cranborne Chase has encouraged his art to take new routes which have seen him sculpting from flint and creating 2D collage works.  A deep-seated influence of the landscape and farming is apparent in his work; his pots suggest the sinuous twist of the plough and the symmetry of the stone axe, whilst the surface textures reflect the processes of people and nature on the landscape.

Both pot and artefact have a power and contemplative quality that makes Out of the Earth an exhibition not to be missed.  Here, the passion for the Cranborne landscape and for the people who lived on and moulded it, is deep-seated, inherent and heartfelt.  The stories revealed are told by two people who know the landscape intimately, both inside and out, and can tell those stories with an authority and understanding that cannot be disputed.

At: salisbury Museum, The King’s House, 65, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EN

   

A Celebration of Ancient Pots – Kate Phillips recent work

In 2003 following contact with Paul Binns, a blacksmith who makes replica Viking armoury, Kate started researching historic pots. At first she concentrated on the Viking era in the UK but subsequently has widened her interest and knowledge to pots from the 6th to the 16th centuries. Kate’s pots are shipped all over the
world and are used by re-enactors of various periods.

Latterly her expertise has been recognised by museum services in East Anglia where she has run demonstration and activity days and has welcomed commissions to reproduce historical pots for handling or display. Her recent exhibition at Greyfriars Art Space  – ‘A Celebration of Historical Pots’  featured many of the different types of pots she makes. It will opens daily 10am to 4.30pm until 30th October 2011.

Examples of her work is shown below for those who were unable to get to the exhibition.  See her pages on this website if you wish to contact her to talk about buying or displaying her work.

Ashraf Hanna, “Line, Volume and Space” Contemporary Ceramics Centre 8.9.2011 -1.10.2011

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!

17th Art in Clay Hatfield – August 2011

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 )

The Rising Star of 2011 is… Orli Ivanov

Sponsored by the Billmeir Charitable Trust, Rising Stars is our annual exhibition and educational event to support, exhibit and educate the art, craft and design stars of the future. Rising Stars closed on Saturday 7 May. The New Ashgate Gallery Angels voted for their ‘Rising Star’ of 2011 over the course of the exhibition.
They chose ceramic sculptor Orli Ivanov.
Orli will receive a prize of £300.
Gallery Director Joanne McCarthy says “We are delighted that the Gallery Angels have supported us again and supported this wonderful opportunity for young and emerging artists and makers. Orli is a deserving winner, we spoke today and she said winning the prize was ‘amazing’.”
Joanne further explains, “The Rising Stars programme would not be possible without the support of the Billmeir Charitable Trust who have helped us yet again to present the very best of emerging creative talent and to give us an opportunity to present an education programme to the exhibitors and local students from the UCA, Farnham.”

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Greystoke Arts Festival 28 April to 9 May 2011

The exhibition showcased the work of some of the best Cumbrian Ceramic Artists at Greystoke church in Cumbria, UK. There was also a potters market and an open bowl event. There was work by Alvin Irving and many other well known Cumbrian Potters. I have been sent a link to a visual tour of the exhibition which i enjoyed and you may also:

The teapot below is similar to one of Alvins which was on display:

Ceramics by Alvin F. Irving at Studiopottery.co.uk -

Bircham Gallery – Rebecca Harvey and Louisa Taylor

This promises to be a good exhibition with new work from Rebecca Harvey and Louisa Taylor at Holt in Norfolk, England.

Rebecca Harvey’s soda fired work has evolved from studies that range from 18C Creamware, Japanese ceramics and 1920s Enamelware through to architectural designs. The strong but simple sense of form in these traditions is translated into a range of highly practical and individual pieces. She has received many awards for her work, including a Crafts Council setting up award and the LadyCharlotte Fraser award at the Royal College of Art. (Rebecca’s profile and image gallery is shown on studiopottery.co.uk)

Louisa Taylor makes multifunctional tableware ideal for contemporary living. Each piece is individually wheel-thrown in porcelain. and fired to 1280°C, which makes her tableware strong and durable. Louisa graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006 with a Masters degree in Ceramics & Glass and received a Development Award from the Crafts Council in 2008. Louisa is a lecturer in ceramics on the MDes Materials Practice course at the University of Brighton.

There are also paintings by Debbie George – see Bircham gallery website for more details of these.

Auction of Contemporary Ceramics in aid of the potters of Mashiko. 22 June 2011

Wooley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms An auction of donated works in aid of the potters of Mashiko, Japan.
Many potters in Mashiko, the home and work place of Hamada Shoji, have lost their kilns and workshops.
The Leach Pottery in St Ives have initiated an appeal fund into which the proceeds of this auction will be paid. The funds will be used to rebuild kilns and workshops and provide support during the rebuilding process.
Thanks to Michael Jeffrey and Wooley and Wallis for their support and I hope that collectors will bid for pieces by up to 25 the best potters in the UK including Svend Bayer, John Leach, Lisa Hammond,Jim Malone, Mike Dodd with a stunning piece by Gordon Baldwin and lithographs by Bernard Leach.
Venue: Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms Ltd
Address: 51-61 Castle Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, SP1 3SU.
Telephone: +44 (0) 1722 424500
Email: enquiries@woolleyandwallis.co.uk
Web-site: www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk
Open: at 10.30am
viewing:
Saturday 18th June 10am-1pm
Monday 20th June 10-4.30pm
Tuesday 21st June 10-4.30pm
Wednesday 22nd June 10-4.30pm

Galerie Besson – Jacqueline Lerat, 2 – 24 March 2011

A remarkable ceramicist, not well known in the UK, but since her death in 2009 ‘the subject of increased homage’ – see article on Galerie Besson’s website by David Caméo, Directeur Général de Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see both older pieces and the latest work completed by Jacqueline Lerat before her death.