Event Reviews

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.

Ceramic Art London (CAL) 2011

CAL at the RCA last week (25-27 February) was excellent and the balance of exhibitors was a tribute to the selection committee. Some of my old favourites were there – and get better! there was also plenty of new talent to tempt. Here are a few pictures to tantalise:

Ceramic Art London 2010

I thought this was again an excellent show, with plenty of new work to balance those who had shown before. From what i saw (short snapshot!) plenty of sales were taking place. Altogether a well balanced and enjoyable show, where I was able to meet many old friends and a few new. A few of my pictures are shown below, but are no substitute for seeing it live. Make a note to try and get along next year – well worth the time!

Eddie and Margaret Curtis and John Higgins new work was amongst much that caught my eye.

Gilles Le Corre had a great new installation in black which attracted a lot of attention.

Sara Flynn with her work around – I could go on, there was just so much to enjoy.

Look back to Summer 2009 (England) – John Higgins at Hatfield

Hatfield, as always was a ceramics show in England not to be missed.  With 10,000 visitors plus it is recognised as a keynote show in the calendar for many!  With just under 200 exhibitors there is a huge range of choice for both collectors and those with a more casual interest in ceramic art – few would have come away without a purchase of some type from the tempting displays.  The Peers Award was won by John Higgins. Some images of John’s work are shown below:

Playing with Fire – Contemporary UK Enamel with Ed Silverton

Not quite all ceramics, but enamel by one of our ”potters” Ed Silverton, whose work I admire! Andy McInnes visited the show at wolverhampton and had the following comments:
‘If, like me, your thoughts on Enamel work were Jewelry, bowls (which are here) be prepared to have your visual senses given a real treat, the work of Ed Silverton in particular was worth the admission fee, if there had been one! Ed has three large pieces, that vary in size and are shaped like cacti (see image)!  A fantastic exhibition and one that should be seen by as many people as possible, certainly the best Exhibition I’ve seen for a long time.
Last chance to see it at wolverhampton – Now it is  on at Cheltenham Art Gallery, Gloucestershire  14 November 2009 - 24 January 2010′- Andy McInnes

Wali Hawes – Fire Trees

An article by Wali about building and firing a set of fire trees. There is also comment in “Terrart”a Barcelona magazine published by L’Associació de Ceramistes de Catalunya. See front cover above…

This is a copy of the article on Wali’s blog – for more interesting articles visit his blog.

Heloisa Alvima is a potter from Brazil who lives in Monferrier, France. I was very happy to be invited to build and fire a set of Fire Trees which would coincide with the festival of San Jean which is also the same day as the Summer Solstice. The setting was the Culture Centre and I was ably assisted by students from the ceramics school, local potters and enthusiasts. We started off with the usual coiling techniques and found the clay as supplied by SolarGil to be good allowing us to dry out the structure quite rapidly without cracking. Those who participated in the project were also invited to create decorations that reflected the local landscape or at least inspiration was from our surroundings. I did so in order to make people more aware of the environment in which we inhabit not only in the physical sense but also in the social context. It is another aspect of the Fire Trees that go beyond technique and process.
It was great to have the support of the Asociation de Clubs de Loisir (Hope that is how it is spelt!), Daniel who is the president, Gerard who put up with me and his wife Jo—many evenings were spent enjoying their hospitality, Loule, Izabu, Tibo, Caren and a host of others. Their help and kindness also the hospitality knew no bounds. If I have forgotton anybody then I allow myself to be shot for such an omission. Unfortunately we discovered that the clay did not quite meet up to the tremendous stresses during the firing and structural damage was quite severe…despite our attempts to repair the damage I am afraid the trees will have to be re-built and fired again. We got to temperature and the clay fired well…in some cases it actually fused. The firing was quite a spectacle. Looking forward to the next firing.

Also see the U Tube video of the event.