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Ceramics by Brian Holland at Studiopottery.co.uk

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Upcoming events

Open weekend - David Melville at Open Studio, David Melville 11th - 12th November 2017 A chance to meet the potter and see where he works and buy pots direct. 
Oxford Ceramics Fair 2017 at CPA Autumn Fair 28th - 29th October 2017 More than 60 of the UK's leading potters will be exhibiting and selling their ceramics at the Oxford Ceramics Fair 2017.
Art in Clay at Farnham 2017 at Art in Clay - Farnham 18th - 19th November 2017 The 21th Art in Clay Farnham takes place in November. There will be a range of work from newly qualified artists working in clay to potters with many years of creative work behind them.
Alan Birchall, Christmas Open Studio at Red Lion Pottery 1st - 30th November 2017 Alan Birchall - dates in November to be decided

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. 
Residential Pottery Courses in France with Sylph Baier - 14th May to 14th October, 2017
It is mainly throwing based and would suit students with some throwing experience but other techniques can also be covered as well as glazing and firing in electric and gas reduction kiln
Animal Sculpting With Celia Allen - 8th - 10th September 2017
Learn how to sculpt animals of various forms, with a possible Raku firing day to finish
Classes in Portugal - Catherine Portal - 18th - 22nd September 2017
A 5 day intensive workshop: 5 days of  'potting' with no interruptions where each one can explore their creativity through hand-building, sculpting or wheelwork and then relax round the garden table over a home-cooked lunch enjoying conversations with fellow potters.

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.