As the popularity of handmade ceramics soars with primetime TV exposure, packed courses and record sales, the international ceramics event of the year returns…
- Ninety of the world’s most talented ceramists show and sell their work.
- Rare chance to buy unique, handmade pieces directly from the makers.
- Returning for a second year to CSM’s dramatic, light-filled atrium at Central Saint Martins, Granary Square, Kings Cross, London
Ceramic Art London (CAL), the world’s leading contemporary ceramic art fair, returns for the 13th year. Organised by the Craft Potters Association, this always popular artist-led fair showcases the work of 90 makers in the light-filled atrium of Central Saint Martins. Truly international in scope – with exhibitors from the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, South Korea and Japan – the fair sees the return of renowned makers such as Akiko Hirai, Sophie Cook and James Hake, as well as first-time exhibitors and rising stars including Ben Arnup, Rachel Wood, Silke Decker, Mathew Horne and Lauren Nauman.
For the artists, CAL offers a unique platform to showcase and sell their work. For the public, it presents a compelling snapshot of the global contemporary ceramics market and a rare opportunity to buy unique, handmade pieces directly from the makers. Items on sale range from contemporary twists on functional tableware to sublime sculptural pieces and experimental work that pushes the boundaries of this ancient craft. With prices ranging from £25 for an exquisite tea cup by Sue Pryke to £8,000 for an original sculpture by Fenella Elms, CAL offers collectors of all budgets the chance to take something home.
Key themes for 2017 While ceramics have echoed the natural realm for millennia, urban and industrial textures make their mark too with Isobel Egan and Fausto Salvi’s ceramic cityscapes. Robert Cooper takes inspiration from urban decay, creating recycled pieces with left-over glazes and ancient pottery shards found on the Thames foreshore. Traditional craft mimics virtual reality with Matt Davis’ ‘pixelated’ porcelain tableware and Ben Arnup’s 3-D optical illusions. Ceramics’ potential for the playful and even surreal is demonstrated by Yun Wook Mun’s melting Dali-esque forms. The storytelling capacity of ceramics is powerfully demonstrated by Midori Takaki’s eccentric folkloric faces and Jenny Southam’s animal and human figures in landscapes. Raewyn Harrison’s ‘Mudlarking’ and ‘Thames Estuary’ series of slip cast, thrown and hand built vessels use Elizabethan illustrations and maps to tell stories of London.
Peter Beard, Chair of the CAL Steering Committee, said: “Increasingly in vogue across the worlds of interior design, contemporary art and primetime TV, the popular profile and public appetite for handmade ceramics has never been greater. With more applications this year than ever, the technical standards of our exhibitors has never been higher. While this makes the selection process all the more difficult, it also means that Ceramic Art London is the ultimate place to see and buy the very best contemporary ceramics directly from the people who’ve made them.”
Tim Andrews, Rebecca Appleby, Ben Arnup, Julie Ayton, Karin Bablok, Anna Barlow, Peter Beard, Thomas Bohle, Ross De Wayne Campbell, Kyra Cane, Roger Coll, Sophie Cook, Robert Cooper, Clare Crouchman, Eddie Curtis, Margaret Curtis, Matt Davis, Silke Decker, Jack Doherty, Isobel Egan, Fenella Elms, Penny Fowler, Adam Frew, Alison Gautrey, Carolyn Genders, James Hake, Lisa Hammond, Ashraf Hanna, Raewyn Harrison, Barbara Hast, Kathryn Hearn, John Higgins, Akiko Hirai Collingwood, Matthew Horne, Kazuya Ishida, Sarah Jenkins, Hyu Jin Jo, Manos Kalamenios, Kiho Kang, Chris Keenan, Jin Eui Kim, Ruth King, Katharina Klug, Anna Lambert, Tony Laverick, Jae Jun Lee, Sophie MacCarthy, Sally MacDonell, Jim Malone, Agalis Manessi, Martin McWilliam, Richard Miller, Sara Moorhouse, Yun Wook Mun, Sue Mundy, Teresa Munn, Lauren Nauman, Jeremy Nichols, James Oughtibridge, Charlotte Pack, Sue Paraskeva, Jongjin Park, Richard Phethean, Sue Pryke, Finn Dam Rasmussen, Duncan Ross, Megan Rowden, Elke Sada, Fausto Salvi, Lara Scobie, Yuta Segawa, Jill Shaddock, Patricia Shone, Anna Silverton, Jenny Southam, Sophie Southgate, Emily Stubbs, Midori Takaki, Christopher Taylor, Nichola Theakston, Ali Tomlin, Keith Varney, Elly Wall, Heidi Warr, Paul Wearing, Annette Welch, Christiane Wilhelm, Derek Wilson, Rachel Wood and Sevak Zargarian.
Fair Dates: 31 March – 2 April 2017
Friday 31 March, 10am – 6pm
Saturday 1 April, 10am – 6pm
Sunday 2 April, 10am – 5pm
Central Saint Martins
1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
Adult £15, Concessions £13 (Senior Citizens, CPA Members, Unemployed, Students in fulltime Education, Wheelchair Users)
Ages 16 – 25 £10, Under 16 FREE, 3 Day pass £35
(Valid for re-admission throughout CAL 2017). All tickets include a free exhibition guide and catalogue.