Harlequin Gallery : Harlequin Gallery exhibition

  •  Richard Batterham beaten bottle

    Richard Batterham beaten bottle

  •  Seto chawan by Sho Kato

    Seto chawan by Sho Kato

  •  Poh Chap Yeap crackled glazed bowl

    Poh Chap Yeap crackled glazed bowl

The show will contain a wide variety of studio pottery will be available

The Spring exhibition consists of a variety of British and Japanese studio pottery both recently produced and older work. More details of work by Deirdre Burnett and Peter Fitzgerald to be found under the Artist section of John's website

The wide variety of work included prevents me for showing everything online but I will highlight some of the work to give a flavour of what will be on offer. The two Mary Rogers porcelain pieces are not something usually associated with the gallery but Rogers, who was born in Derbyshire in 1929 and retired from potting in 1991 was a leading exponent of hand-built sculptural ceramics from the 1960s onwards. Her delicate forms based on nature were more suited to porcelain, which she began using around 1970, and this work, made by coiling and pinching, resulted in her becoming one of the most sought after British studio potters by the end of that decade. The two pieces here date from around 1972/3.

Over recent years I have sold several pots by Bernard Charles but the three included in this exhibition are the largest and most intricate that I have been able to offer. Charles was primarily a lecturer in ceramics and industrial design for much of his career, most notably at Poole School of Art, and only really made his own work for a short period during the 1980s, after which he turned to painting. These vessels in porcellanous stoneware are reminiscent in form and colour to Hans Coper's work but the intaglio linear decoration executed by Charles makes the work very much his own. Certainly, they indicate that by taking up painting, Bernard Charles became a great loss to the studio ceramic world.

Other items that I ought to highlight briefly are the large Alan Wallwork bowl that is over 11 inches (28 cm) in diameter that was made around 20 years ago. Also, the seven pieces of Poh Chap Yeap's work, a number which I believe will be difficult for me to assemble in the future.

Finally, for those with outside space or even floor space indoors, I do have four large wood-fired pots by Nic Collins that have spent the last twenty years or so since their production in a London garden, with no adverse effects to the pots themselves. They are available at very competitive prices, if any of you have the room.

I hope the selection and variety that I have highlighted are sufficient to spark your interest and persuade you to make a trip to South East London to see these and all the other work on offer.