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Ceramics by Rob Bibby at Studiopottery.co.uk

Rob Bibby

Ceramics by Emily-Kriste Wilcox at Studiopottery.co.uk

Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Upcoming events

Cooper's Legacy - ceramic art at Contemporary Ceramics Centre 12th - 28th March 2015 A selection of Emmanuel's work alongside some work from those he taught and inspired. PV: 11 March 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture with Alison Britton OBE at University for the Creative Arts - Farnham 5th March 2015 - 28th March 2015 Limited places. from 5.30pm to 7.30pm Tickets 10, must be booked.
TRANSFORMATOR with Neil Brownsword at Galleri Format - Oslo 5th - 29th March 2015 With Neil Brownsword, Hanne Heuch, Ole Morten Rokvam, Irene Nordli, Torbjrn Kvasb
Ceramics exhibition at Galerie Terra Viva 15th March to 4th June, 2015 Includes: Chlo Peytermann, Marlne Requier, Jane Muir, Marion Charreyre

Recently added Courses

Brian Dickenson - throwing workshop - 14th March 2015
Basic & intermediate throwing workshop: Also on April 25th, May 23rd, July 25th, August 22nd, September 19th, October 24th, November 21st, December 12th
An Introduction to Handbuilding - Emily-Kriste Wilcox - 3rd April 2015
Design and build your own slab pot with paper resist decoration
Julian Jardine - Children's Clay Sculpting - 3rd March to 28th April, 2015
This is a series of classes for children giving them an introduction to hand building with clay. (5-13 years old)
Easter Children's Pottery Course in East Sussex - 30th March to 3rd April, 2015
Easter Children's Pottery Course.....with Mohamed Hamid and Elizabeth Jardine.

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.