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Ceramics by Shaun Hall at Studiopottery.co.uk

Shaun Hall

Ceramics by Jane Wheeler at Studiopottery.co.uk

Jane Wheeler

Upcoming events

Contemporary Craft Festival at Mill Marsh Park 5th - 7th June 2015 In Association with the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, three day fair of mixed crafts including ceramics
Mixed show at Beaux Arts 25th - 20th May 2015 Includes ceramics
Summer Exhibition with Roger Lewis ceramics at Maiden Bridge Gallery 23rd May to 2nd August, 2015 Mixed show with Roger Lewis new ceramic art. Note: weekends and bank holidays only
Alan Birchall - open studio at Red Lion Pottery 30th - 31st May 2015 Open studio all weekend 11am to 6.00pm. see some of Alan's latest work.

Recently added Courses

Weekend Throwing Pottery Course in Mid Wales - Alex Allpress - 16th - 17th May 2015
Potter's Wheel Day or Weekend Workshops - Spend a relaxing day or weekend making pots on the potter's wheel.
JAPANESE POTTERS : the next generation - 2 DAY JAPANESE WORKSHOP - 26th - 28th June 2015
Six young Japanese potters, who have all  served long apprenticeships with Masters, and are now making a name for themselves in their own right, are teaching a weekend workshop at Kigbeare.
David Rogers, The Vinegar Hill Pottery - 9th May 2015 - 28th June 2015
This is the perfect course for people who have always wanted to try their hand at making pots on the potter's wheel. (now only 1 space left 6/5/15)
Throwing Day Course for Beginners/Intermediates in Mid Wales - Alex Allpress - 7th June 2015 - 28th June 2015
Potter's Wheel Day Workshops Spend a relaxing day or making pots on the potter's wheel. - techniques based upon the potters wheel including: throwing, turning, attaching handles & motifs and decorating methods using under-glaze and coloured slip.

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.