Ceramic Art London: 22-24 March 2019
In recent years, the world of ceramics has exploded any lazy preconceptions of being a crafty backwater with booming markets for everything from unique, hand crafted tableware to highly collectable art pieces. Returning for its 15th year this Spring, the hotly anticipatedÂ Ceramic Art LondonÂ is the ultimate fair in which to see and buy the finest ceramics being made in the world today.
Organised by theÂ Craft Potters Association, and featuring over 90 of the best makers from around the world, including UK, Germany and Spain and as far afield as Japan, South Korea and Brazil, the fair takes place once again in the spacious central concourse ofÂ Central Saint Martinsâ€™ Grade 2 listed Victorian Granary building. Visitors can also take time out from shopping and meeting the makers to attend the always fascinatingÂ ClayTalksÂ series which, this year, features a keynote speech by V&A DirectorÂ Tristram HuntÂ and an appearance by celebrated ceramic artistÂ Kate Malone. In a new event for 2019, visitors get to see sparks fly atÂ The Kiln House, a temporary outdoor kiln which will be located at the nearbyÂ Skip Garden.
While always a showcase for both functional and sculptural ceramics, this year sees more work by makers whose practices are deeply rooted in the sculptural. Exhibitors to look out for includeÂ David Binns, who draws on contemporary architecture and natural forms to create expertly glazed vessels in gorgeous hues of jade, self-taught Korean ceramistÂ Miho Inagaki, whose textural, wall-based mesh works resemble the cracked earth andÂ Paula Bastiaansen,whose translucent porcelain creations have an ethereal fragility about them.
Among the returning artists areÂ Nuala Oâ€™Donovan, whose anemone-like forms are inspired by natureâ€™s irregular beauty,Â Henry Pim, with his structural pieces handbuilt using paper and clay, andÂ Sewon MinnÂ with her gloriously eccentric designs.Â Rowena BrownÂ presents her ceramics house sets inspired by abandoned crofters houses in the Hebrides while the multi-award winningÂ Grainne WattsÂ returns with her sensually shaped and intensely coloured vessels and sculptures that this year provide the visual identity for the whole event.
Prices start at ÂŁ27 for one of Â Yuta Segawaâ€™s miniature vases, or ÂŁ35 for one ofÂ Elly Wallâ€™sÂ Â hand painted pastel cups, to ÂŁ6.5K for one ofÂ Ashraf Hannaâ€™s sublime vessels.
ClayTalks, a dynamic talks series featuring prestigious names from the world of ceramics and beyond, is programmed in partnership with Central Saint Martins and takes place throughout the weekend. Booking in advance is essential for this popular series. Past speakers have included Grayson Perry, Keith Brymer Jones and Phoebe Cummings. ClayTalks highlights include aÂ Keynote AddressÂ by V&A director Â Tristram Hunt, and talks by celebrated ceramic artist and Great Pottery Throwdown judgeÂ Kate Malone, design and craft writerÂ Grant Gibson, ceramic artistÂ Mella Shaw, galleristÂ Joanna Bird, ceramics collectorÂ Preston Fitzgerald, terracotta specialistsÂ Darwen Terracottaand artist and maker collectiveÂ Haptic Tacit. Throughout the weekend,Â Kiln House- located at Skip Garden, the sustainable urban garden adjacent to Central Saint Martins – offers visitors the chance to witness ceramic firing in an outdoor setting.
Full list of exhibitors:
Justine Allison, Rebecca Appleby, Julie Ayton, Karin Bablok, Paula Bastiaansen, Helen Beard, Peter Beard, Sally Bertram, David Binns, Matthew Blakely, Thomas Bohle, Rowena Brown, Karen Bunting, Willy van Bussel, Ross Campbell, Kyra Cane, Carina Ciscato, Roger Coll Trias, Sophie Cook, Eddie Curtis, Monika Debus, Â Jack Doherty, Nuala O’Donovan, Miche Follano, Lucas Ferreira, Adam Frew, Alison Gautrey, James Hake, Lisa Hammond, Ashraf Hanna, Raewyn Harrison, Barbara Hast, Richard Heeley, John Higgins, Akiko Hirai, Vanessa Hogge, Matthew Horne, Verity Howard, Ashley Howard, Jaroslav Hrustalenko, Miho Inagaki, Ikuko Iwamoto, Ruth King, Kiho Kang, Chris Keenan, Â Simon Kid, Jin Eui Kim, Katharina Klug, Miyu Kurihara, Anna Lambert, Jaejun Lee, Sophie MacCarthy, Juliet Macleod, Kirsty Macrae, Joachim Lambrecht, Wendy Lawrence, Uwe Loellmann, Rhian Malin, Sally MacDonell, Martin Mindermann, Sewon Minn, Sara Moorhouse, Emily Myers, Jeremy Nichols, Harri Nourse, James Oughtibridge, Jongjin Park, Martin Pearce, Richard Phethean, Henry Pim, Jacqui Ramrayka, Duncan Ross, Yuta Segawa, Jill Shaddock, Patricia Shone, Inho Song, Barry Stedman, Anna Silverton, Midori Takaki, Nichola Theakston, Tricia Thom, Jessica Thorn, Alison Tomlin, Hannah Tounsend, Arjan Van Dal, Keith Varney, Elly Wall, Sasha Wardell, Grainne Watts, Annette Welch, Derek Wilson, Paul Wearing, Christiane Wilhelm.
Friday & Saturday, 10am â€“ 6pm
Sunday, 10am â€“ 5pm
Tickets: Adult â€“ ÂŁ15; Concessions â€“ ÂŁ13 (Senior Citizens, CPA Members, Unemployed, Students in Full-time Education; Wheelchair Users); Ages 16-25 â€“ ÂŁ10; Under 16 â€“ FREE;Â Â 3-Day Pass â€“ ÂŁ35 (Valid for re-admission throughout CAL 2019). All tickets include a free exhibition guide. For further details visit www.ceramicartlondon.com