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Ceramics by Tiffany Scull at Studiopottery.co.uk

Tiffany Scull

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Kochevet Bendavid

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The Studio Pottery Collection of Professor Luke Herrmann at Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms Ltd 13th December 2017 auction includes work by Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, Janet Leach, David Leach, William Marshall, William Staite Murray, Geoffrey Whiting, Dame Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Jennifer Lee, Peter Hayes, Abdo Nagi and Edmund De Waal.
Trelissick Christmas Craft Market at Trelissick Garden 15th - 17th December 2017
Janet Halligan - Christmas Sale at Old School, The (Nantwich) 16th - 17th December 2017 Janet Halligan - pre-Christmas clear out sale of old stock at greatly reduced prices

Recently added Courses

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. 
Experimental Ceramic Workshop - Claire Ireland - 18th September to 20th November, 2017
This course will explore the use of clay in an experimental way 
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!
Adult Summer Pottery Course with Mohamed Hamid - 28th August to 1st September, 2017
Hand building, throwing and decorating techniques! (previous week Fully booked!)

Endearing Freaks? The Martin Brothers Potters: 1 Aug – 13 Nov 2016

Martin brothers grotesque bird vessel in the Library at Knightshayes Court, Devon.

Exhibition of ceramics at the National Trust’s Standen House and Garden sees the work of the Martin Brothers in a new light

Eccentric and idiosyncratic, the work of the inimitable Martin Brothers potters (1873 – 1923) has inspired both outright devotion and the raising of eyebrows by critics and collectors. With their distinctive Wally birds, the Martin Brothers have made their mark on the world of antiques, forging their way into the hearts of the British public over Sunday night tea in the Antiques Roadshow.

This mini respective exhibition by the National Trust at Standen, however, takes the debate around these distinctive potters one step further. It proposes that the Martin Brothers were pioneers who shaped the development of British studio pottery.

House Manager, Ben Dale’s enthusiasm is infectious: “the sense of mystery, menacing and intrigue is unmistakable. This exhibition celebrates the work of these remarkable craftsmen, looks at what influenced and inspired them and their impact on the development of Art pottery.” He quotes Bevis Hillier from Malcolm Haslam’s definitive book on the potters: “The Martin Brothers must be considered among the great British artist-craftsmen, not just the endearing freaks they have too often been considered.”

To make the case, the exhibition brings together works from the collection at Standen, with loans from UK collections including the Hull Grundy Collection from Ealing Council (previously at the Pitshanger Museum), the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, Holburne Museum in Bath, modern day ceramics by Burslem Pottery and historical pieces owned by the National Trust at Blicking Hall and Greenway, amongst others. The public are asked to respond by stacking their comments on boards above a salvaged potter’s wheel and to enter a theatrically lit display of Wally birds.

The selection of works on show by the Martin Brothers at Standen includes both the recognisable, large scale works, but also smaller, rarely seen vases with intriguing surfaces and glazes. Other works are simply the Martin Brothers at their most esoteric and loveable.

This is a small exhibition but one which captures the brothers’ sense of fearless experimentation. Standen’s curators are not alone in admiring the eccentric Englishness of their output. The exhibition will be opened by David Battie of the Antiques Roadshow, who said:
“After six months as a porter in the ceramics department at Sotheby’s, I still hated pots. Then in came a Martin Brothers Bird Jar – and I was a convert.”
“Trying to fire a stoneware kiln was, at best, risky. When the output resulted in only a few perfect pots, you have a Greek tragedy.”
“Salt-glazed stoneware, whose claim to fame had formally been as sewer pipes, in the hands of the Southall Three was transformed into objects of humour, beauty and utility”.

The Martin Brothers Martin brothers grotesque bird vessel in the Library at Knightshayes Court, Devon. Martin Brothers vase2 photo National Trust Martin Brothers face jug National Trust Martin Brothers crab vase photo National Trust by Martin Brothers
Pictures (from top )Courtesy of: Ealing Council (Wally Bird);National Trust, Andreas von Einsiedel; National Trust;  National Trust; National Trust; National Trust,Horst Kolo

Posted on July 14 2016 under Event Previews, News about Makers, News for Makers.