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Work for Sale

Ceramics by Prue Cooper at Studiopottery.co.uk

Prue Cooper

Ceramics by Alan Birchall at Studiopottery.co.uk

Alan Birchall

Upcoming events

Ceramica at RIBA North 28th October to 10th February, 2018 On Saturday 28 October RIBA North, the RIBA's new national architecture centre on the Liverpool Waterfront, opens its second exhibition, Ceramica, showcasing the future use of ceramics and technology in architecture.
Handmade Edinburgh at Hub (The), Edinburgh 27th - 29th October 2017 Mixed 3 day show over 100+ talented designer-makers selling textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture and more..
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.
Alan Birchall, Christmas Open Studio at Red Lion Pottery 1st - 30th November 2017 Alan Birchall - dates in November to be decided

Recently added Courses

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!
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.
Celia Allen - Animal Sculpture at West Dean - 22nd - 25th September 2017
Animal Sculpture

Anne James – Celebrating a Career in Ceramics: 6 June – 23 July 2017

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The Guild at 51 is taking this opportunity to celebrate Anne’s career, and during this showcase there will be work for sale from her recent collection. 

Anne James has been a member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen since 1965 and has recently been awarded Life Membership.

Anne is also a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association.

The Guild at 51 is taking this opportunity to celebrate Anne’s career, and during this showcase there will be work for sale from her recent collection. This will demonstrate how Anne has refined her work with burnished lustered Raku. We will also reflect on what has come before, with pieces from Anne’s archive, and look forward to the development of her new high fired work.

From studying ceramics and textiles at Belfast College of Art, through her teaching and making, Anne has been constantly pushing and developing her skills as a potter.

Anne set up her first workshop in Gloucestershire making functional stoneware in the 60’s. Her first porcelain pieces emerged in 1977. Anne initially made small pieces inspired by landscape and plant forms, which were thrown, carved and very simply glazed. There was then a period of porcelain and stoneware overlap until about 1983, when Anne began glazed Raku. Much of the inspiration for the Raku has been around combining various methods of making including throwing, slab building and drawing on long gathered memories of ancient artefacts and textiles from many cultures.

Anne’s work has always been based around materials and process, aiming to create pleasing forms and satisfying surfaces with depth and richness of colour always an important factor. Ideas are, from many and varied sources. She has always kept sketchbooks, taken photographs and looked at the work of other artists and craftsmen.

In her own words, “Clay is still the most magical of all natural materials. What other medium allows us to see and touch an actual two or three thousand year old thumb-print?” (Ceramic Review Issue Number 174)

Set-of-3-slip-cast-birds.-Tim-glaze-Majolica-decoration.-Tallest-15cm.-Circa-1960-college-work Stoneware-coffe-pot-and-hot-water-jug-thrown-wax-resist-decoration.-Coffee-pot-22cm-made-in-fiorst-workshop.-Circa-1964-65 Selection-of-fruit-sets-with-large-and-small-bowls-largest-22cm-wax-resist-decoration.-Circa-1975 Pair-of-porcelain-bowls-thrown-and-modified-20cm.-Circa-1980. Porcelain-bowl-thrown-carved-rim-wave-form-15cm.-Circa-1981-82 Three-porcelain-bottles-thrown-and-modified-sunflower-seed-stripes-Circa-1983 Bottle-thrown-and-modified-Raku-fired-lustre-glaze-19cm.-Circa-1983. Three-thrown-bottles-modified-burnished-Raku-fired-marble-lustre-decoration.-Circa-1985 Detail-of-three-curved-slab-built-vessels-burnished-lustred-Raku-tallest-25cm.-Circa-1992 Three-slab-built-sail-forms-on-stands-burnished-lustred-Raku-fored-tallest-20cm.-Circa-2012. Detail-four-slab-built-dishes-burnished-lustre-Raku-fired-22-26cm.-Circa-2013

From top:

1. Set of 3 slip cast birds. Tim glaze Majolica decoration. Tallest 15cm. Circa 1960 college work

2. Stoneware coffee pot and hot water jug thrown wax resist decoration. Coffee pot 22cm made in first workshop. Circa-1964-65

3. Selection of fruit sets with large and small bowls, largest 22cm, wax resist decoration. Circa 1975

4. Pair of porcelain bowls, thrown and modified, 20cm. Circa 1980

5. Porcelain bowl, thrown carved rim, wave form, 15cm. Circa 1981-82

6. Three porcelain bottles, thrown and modified, sunflower seed stripes, Circa 1983

7. Bottle, thrown and modified Raku, fired lustre glaze, 19cm. Circa 1983

8. Three thrown bottles, modified, burnished Raku fired marble lustre decoration. Circa 1985

9. Detail of three curved slab built vessels, burnished lustred Raku, tallest 25cm. Circa 1992

10. Three slab built sail forms on stands, burnished lustred Raku fored, tallest 20cm. Circa 2012

11. Detail, four slab built dishes, burnished lustre Raku fired, 22-26cm. Circa 2013

The Guild at 51
51, Clarence Street,
Cheltenham,
GL50 3JT

Telephone: 01242 245215
Email: info@guildcrafts.org.uk


Posted on June 7 2017 under Event Reviews, News about Makers, News for Makers.