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Ceramics by Jane Wheeler at Studiopottery.co.uk

Jane Wheeler

Ceramics by Juliet Walters at Studiopottery.co.uk

Juliet Walters

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Art in the Garden at Urchfont Manor at Urchfont Manor 21st June to 8th July, 2018 Private View June 21 6-8if you would like a PV invitation please email Patricia Volk
Janet Halligan - Summer Exhibition at Red Barn Gallery 1st July to 31st August, 2018 New work - check exact dates before going
South Wales Potters Ceramica 2018 at Cardiff Metropolitan University 6th - 8th July 2018 Demonstrators: duncan Ayscough and Marie Prett. Friday evening to Sunday late afternoon.
L'art du pot: un choc cultural at Galerie du Don 24th June to 9th August, 2018 Includes Martin Smith and pippin Drysdale

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Regular Pottery Courses by Suleyman Saba - 29th January to 31st December, 2018
Students will learn about preparing clay and different techniques of ceramics from pinch pots and coiled pottery, to slab building and throwing. Students are also guided on aspects of decoration and glazing. 
Lindy Barletta weekday Courses in East Sheen - 1st January to 31st December, 2018
Studio Pottery Making techniques: A terms course covers a project in each - pinching, coiling, slab building and throwing.

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.