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Ceramics by Jack Coelho at Studiopottery.co.uk

Jack Coelho

Ceramics by Charlotte Storrs at Studiopottery.co.uk

Charlotte Storrs

Upcoming events

AUGUST FOCUS - FEATURED POTTERS at Bevere Gallery 1st August to 2nd September, 2014 New work from- David Frith & Margaret Frith New Maker to the Gallery- Wendy Kershaw
IN BEAUTY MAY I WALK - Sculpture show at Doddington Hall and Gardens 2nd August to 7th September, 2014 Several of Jo Taylor's large scale works will be going on show
Gloucestershire Guild - summer show at Chipping Campden Town Hall 15th - 20th August 2014 With new work from Emily-Kriste Wilcox
Peter Hayes: Time and Nature in Raku at New Ashgate Gallery 9th August to 20th September, 2014 Raku ceramics sculpture exhibition: Private view: 8 August, 6.oopm to 8.00pm. Peter Hayes

Recently added Courses

Brian Dickenson - throwing workshop - 19th July 2014
Basic & intermediate throwing workshop: Also on August 16 and September 20 2014.
Brian Dickenson - throwing workshop - 21st June 2014
Basic & intermediate throwing workshop: Also on July 19, August 16 and September 20 2014.
ONE-DAY THROWING WORKSHOP with Julie Ayton - 17th August 2014
Throwing days are suitable for all students from absolute beginners to experienced potters who want to extend the scale or range of their throwing through guided practice.
Doug Fitch and Hannah McAndrew workshop - 27th - 28th September 2014
Doug Fitch and Hannah McAndrew present a weekend workshop.

Eva Zeisel – November 13 1906 – December 30 2011

 

Eva Zeisel: November 13, 1906 – December 30, 2011

 

Eva
photo credit: www.brooklynrail.org 

The ceramics world lost yet another giant as 2011 came to a close. A little over a month after turning 105, Eva Zeisel, designer of some of the 20th century’s most seductive and iconic objects passed away. Born, Eva Amalia Striker, into a prosperous and assimilated Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary in 1906, she entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at age 17. Eva’s mother encouraged her to enter an apprenticeship with a traditional artisan out of concern for her ability to make a living as a painter. She soon became the first woman member of traditional Hungarian Guild of Chimney Sweeps, Oven Makers, Roof Tilers, Well Diggers & Potters. One year after establishing a studio on her family’s property her work was displayed at the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial, where she won an honorable mention. She began designing in the Kispester Factory in Budapest, but soon found work in Germany which promised to engage her in all phases of industrial design and production of ceramic wares. This established Zeisel as the first woman to move ceramic arts into mass production. In 1932, inspired by new artistic and social movements taking place in Russia, she embarked on a vacation which led to expanded opportunities in industrial design. Young Eva took a position helping to modernize Russia’s ceramic industry and traveled throughout the country to coordinate efforts to create a central manufactory. She was soon transferred to Leningrad and then appointed Artistic Director for the Porcelain and Glass Industries for all of Russia. In 1936 she was imprisoned in the NKVD prison for 16 months, accused of plotting against Stalin. Among other things, it was suggested she had hidden swastikas in porcelain designs and hidden guns for an assassination attempt. Close friend Arthur Koestler, who mentioned her in the dedication for his novel Darkness at Noon (1940) drew from Zeisel’s experiences of solitary confinement to formulate his harrowing tale of totalitarian rule in Russia. In her work, Zeisel remained committed to the Bauhaus dictum that the highest form of industry is to mass produce works of art. Yet the aura of the hand, the body and the animal spirit embodied in her designs transcended their means of mechanical reproduction. Incorporating the profiles of belly buttons and baby’s bottoms to invite tactile experience and the open mouths of birds to dispense cream, Zeisel expanded the language of form and function in mass produced wares. Through her life and work, Zeisel not only inspired successive generations of ceramic artists, she also presaged tendencies of hybridization in art, design and craft that have a very 21st century feel.


mugshot of Eva Zeisel

Obituary courtesy of NCECA


Posted on January 7 2012 under News.