Welcome - This is a Social Enterprise Business It aims to help potters and ceramic artists to become better known, to sell their work, to fill their courses and to provide a window into this fantastic world of 3D art!

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Work for Sale

Ceramics by Ed Bentley at Studiopottery.co.uk

Ed Bentley

Ceramics by Shaun Hall at Studiopottery.co.uk

Shaun Hall

Upcoming events

Easter show - John Calver Ceramics at East Windy Hall 4th - 19th April 2015 New work from John Calver.
Lancashire and Yorkshire Craft Open at Platform Gallery 25th April to 4th July, 2015 Mixed open show includes ceramics
Easter Pottery Sale at Turning Earth 4th April 2015 to 4th July, 2015 Affordable ceramics made by local artists including Stine Dulong and others
Elsie Wigmore: Old Friends - New Tricks at Turnstone Gallery 18th April to 18th May, 2015 check closing date before visiting.

Recently added Courses

Julian Jardine - Weekend Sculpting Workshop - 11th - 12th April 2015
A general Clay Sculpting Weekend
Beginner Pottery Weekend Course - with Kim Langley - 23rd May to 17th October, 2015
Learn to hand build and to throw on a potters wheel at this series of Potters Workshops (various weekends)
Julian Jardine - Adult Clay Sculpture courses - 3rd March to 28th April, 2015
Adult Clay Classes - A course of classes allowing individuals to have a go at sculpting in clay.  £77 - for 7 weeks
English Slipware Decoration and Wheel Work with Daniel Johnston - 11th - 12th July 2015
During the workshop Daniel will demonstrate his signature Slipware decoration and wheel working techniques

Out of the Earth – Chris Carter & Martin Green: until 14 January 2012

Renowned potter Chris Carter and archaeologist Martin Green share their fascination with the prehistoric past of Cranborne Chase.  Through art and artefact, they reveal a story of the humans that occupied the landscape before history was written.

Out of the Earth explores a dialogue between artist and archaeologist as they respond to the objects excavated from flint-rich soils of Cranborne Chase.  Artefacts from Martin’s own museum, which displays the finds he has discovered over the years, will be on display alongside Chris’s artwork and objects from Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Heritage Museum.  Together, the objects describe and uncover the imprints left by farming, community and ritual activities in the past.

Chris and Martin describe themselves as ‚Äėsons of the soil‚Äô, both having been raised on farms in the countrysides of Warwickshire and Dorset.¬† They met following a BBC4 radio show ‚ÄėOpen Country‚Äô which featured Down Farm on Cranborne Chase.¬† Martin had been excavating there since he inherited it in 1979 and Chris‚Äôs interest in the Chase landscape soon developed into a passion for exploring it through his art.

The exhibition shows new developments in Chris’s work and is itself a testimony to the continuing influence of prehistoric people on us today as their artistry, communities and ritual activities are re-discovered through archaeology.  Chris describes the way he searches for his pots in the clay as akin to the archaeologist’s search for an object in the earth.  Cranborne Chase has encouraged his art to take new routes which have seen him sculpting from flint and creating 2D collage works.  A deep-seated influence of the landscape and farming is apparent in his work; his pots suggest the sinuous twist of the plough and the symmetry of the stone axe, whilst the surface textures reflect the processes of people and nature on the landscape.

Both pot and artefact have a power and contemplative quality that makes Out of the Earth an exhibition not to be missed.  Here, the passion for the Cranborne landscape and for the people who lived on and moulded it, is deep-seated, inherent and heartfelt.  The stories revealed are told by two people who know the landscape intimately, both inside and out, and can tell those stories with an authority and understanding that cannot be disputed.

At: salisbury Museum, The King’s House, 65, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EN

   


Posted on December 7 2011 under Event Reviews.