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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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 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:
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.