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Ceramics by Ursula Waechter at Studiopottery.co.uk

Ursula Waechter

Ceramics by Catherine Portal at Studiopottery.co.uk

Catherine Portal

Upcoming events

Wirksworth Festival Art Trail at Wirksworth Festival 5th - 21st September 2014 The fantastic opening weekend (6 and 7 September) when the whole town becomes a gallery with over 170 artists and makers show their work in every conceivable space.
Zoe Petrie at the Melbourne Festival (Derbyshire) at Melbourne Festival 13th - 14th September 2014 Zoe Petrie is exhibiting at the Melbourne Festival Art and Architecture Trail
LUDLOW FOOD FESTIVAL - Alex Allpress at Ludlow Castle 12th - 14th September 2014 The Festival will feature more than 160 top quality small independent food and drink producers from the Marches, the England-Wales border country, inside Ludlow Castle.
Melbourne Festival Art Trail at Melbourne Festival 13th - 14th September 2014 A weekend Art Trail around the village of Melbourne, South Derbyshire

Recently added Courses

Make ceramic spoons. Claire Ireland - 14th December 2014
Learn how to make ceramic spoons using hand building and surface decoration techniques.
Wheel thrown lidded forms in porcelain - 15th - 18th December 2014
Explore the making of a variety of lidded forms - for example a butter dish, teapot or ginger jar.
Throwing teapots and teaware. Tim Andrews - 6th - 9th February 2015
Using throwing and turning techniques in porcelain and stoneware, explore the form and function of teapots and teaware. 
Exploring porcelain - throwing and hand-building:Jack Doherty - 20th - 23rd November 2014
Develop dynamic porcelain forms or containers by learning how to understand and exploit the intrinsic plastic quality of porcelain. 

Cultural Connections, Collect in the Country 2008

Cultural connections was founded in 1998 by Birthe Fraser to promote Danish and Nordic Applied Art in the UK, following more than a decade as Cultural Attache to denmarks London Embassy. Birthe’s professional background is as an archaeologist of the Ancient Middle East with a particular knowledge of ceramics, faience and glass.¬† Her depth of knowledge shines out in the quality and structure of her exhibitions and this years “Collect in the Country” showing at the Barn galleries near Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, UK is no exception.

The setting complements the work wonderfully and at the entrance are a few pices of Wendy Hoares’ large pots, plus a few smaller pieces for the modern sized garden! The exhibition continues until 12 October 2008 and for anyone within reach it is well worth a trip (details on the events section of www.studiopottery.co.uk).

Some of the makers may not be too well known in Britain, but are all prominent National and International artists.

Bodil Manz’s delicate and fine porcelain with pencil sharp designs were, as always, exciting pieces to see and absorb.

I loved the solidity and strength of Lis Ehrenreich’s work and the interesting textures on Kim Holm’s cylinders.

Gutte Eriksen, (1918-2008) has been described as the ‘Grand Dame’ of Danish ceramics – she graduated from the Danish School for Arts and Crafts in 1938 She had many study tours, working first with Bernard Leach, who visited her several times in Denmark and then in France including La Borne. She was influenced particularly by the Leach sojourn and inspired by and engaged in the techniques and forms of the Far East. Following a visit by Michael Gill in 1950 she became interested in some of his glazes, developing them to become her own very characteristic glazes varying from black to degrees of blue, brown and grey, sometimes with specs of red/turquoise. Two pieces in the exhibition are illustrated below.

There were the sharp and squared designs of Dorte Visby, the contrasting smooth and rounded porcelain of Ivan Weiss who worked at Royal Copenhagen for many years until 2002. There were¬† interesting bottle forms from Ulla Hansen. Aase Haugaard’s work figured prominently as well as the interesting animal forms by Steen Lykke Madsen.

The show was very well balanced and a pleasure to visit, helped by the depth of knowledge about each of the potters made freely available by Birthe and on panels on the walls and a table with reference books.

I came away knowing that I need to get to know Nordic Ceramics a lot better and to see Nordic Artists far better represented on the Studiopottery website.

My thanks to Birthe for providing much of this information :)

Images from top, left to right The exhibition barn; Wendy Hoare’s work; View including work by Aase Haugaard; Gutte Eriksen, bowl and pot; Dorte Visby; Ulla Hansen; Bodil Manz; Ivan Weiss.


Posted on October 8 2008 under Event Reviews.