THE WORK JACK CHOOSES TO MAKE
Jack went to the Ulster College of Art & Design wanting to become a painter. But after a visit to Lucie Rieís studio he changed his mind. The completeness of her way of life made sense so he decided to make pots for a living. Designing and making has shaped his career.Jack describes himself as being, interested in the particular usefulness of things, the sense of an object as being something which has a place in life. These pots are to do with function but are not necessarily about utility or usefulness, these are vessels for drinking, for sharing, for display and for storage.
Jack Doherty challenges the rules of refinement and containment through the fluidity and energy of his work. His soda-fired vessels are embedded with ancient stories and contemporary narratives. They create an intervention with domestic space and daily life. No longer purely utilitarian, these abstract vessels do not conform to conventional use. Doherty questions the vernacular of domesticity and functionality. He describes himself as being; Interested in the usefulness of things. Archetypal forms from history are touchstones in my practice.
Vessels made for a contemporary context can be solitary and contemplative or ceremonial; for everyday or a special occasion.
"Drinking is a very intimate process.
I love drinking from cups without handles.
It allows you to physically experience the form
and substance of the pot by touching it to your lips,
holding and cradling it."
"Bowls are about giving and sharing.
They are open and generous,
the most essential of pottery forms."
"The cylinders are simple forms.
Their function, their reason to be,
is just to hold beautiful things.
I always have flowers around."
"The lidded pots are not just containers in a practical sense.
They are safe places to hold and protect the personal and vulnerable things
we donít want to leave lying around.
I call them pots for secrets"
2016 has been a very exciting year for ceramic adventures. The Waypoint exhibition has toured from St Ives to the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh and across to Armagh in Ireland. I have travelled to Mashiko in Japan as Artist in Residence, to the far west of Kerry and to China. I was honoured to receive the international Janet Mansfield Memorial Award earlier this year for my work with soda-fired porcelain and this Autumn have been on a residency at the Fuping ceramic village in China. Please do call by to see new work on my stand at Oxford.
Soda-fired porcelain. Functional work and large dishes and wall pieces.
Work generally available from:
Contemporary Ceramics, Marshall Street, London
Alpha House Gallery, Sherbourne, Dorset
Bircham Gallery, Norfolk
Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire
Royal Exchange, Manchester
Burnham Grapevine Gallery, Norfolk
Grapevine Gallery, Norfolk.
Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
Round House Gallery, Derbyshire
Stour Gallery, Shipton on Stour Warwickshire
Wessex Fine Art & Ceramics(Dorset Gallery)
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Broughton Gallery, Broughton, Scotland
Also work may be purchased direct by visiting the show-room in my studio
Other Information: I also give demonstrations and lectures. I run an annual Summer workshop, offering all participants an opportunity to develop their skills, experiment with altering thrown forms and offer a fresh approach to decoration.(suitable both for newcomers and experienced potters - contact as above for details, or look at the events listing for July/August/September)
Recent Demonstrations and Workshops
1993 - "Salt and Soda" Royal Forest of Dean College;
1993 - Jack Doherty Summer Workshops, Herefordshire (ongoing each year);
1993 - "Integrated Clay" West Hertfordshire College.
1995 - "Clay Live" Tiverton, Devon.
1996 - The Clay Connection Workshop, Washington, USA;
1996 - The 92nd St. Y. Workshop, New York, USA;
1996 - Workshop and Residency, City Museum, Stoke-on-Trent;
1996 - International Potters Festival, Malta.
1997 - "Visions and Tradition" Saltglaze Symposium, Princesshof Museum, Holland;
1997 - Workshop/lecture Tour, USA.
1999 - Scottish Potters; Northern Potters Porcelain Workshop.
2000 - Master class Chagford, Devon;
2000 - International Ceramics Symposium Israel.
Propane catenary arch soda kiln; fired to cone 10.
All the pots are 'once fired' and two kilograms of soda is sprayed into the kiln at cone 8.
1972 - Alice Berger Hammerschlag Trust Award.
1974 - Gold Medal International Ceramics Exhibition, Faenza Italy.
1976 - Gold Medal International Ceramics Biennial, Vallauris France.
1986 - Marketing/Publicity Grant, Crafts Council.
1988 - lst Prize West Midlands Arts Touring Exhibition.
1993 - West Midlands Arts Craft Initiative Grant.
1982 - "Crafts in Ulster" Peter Dormer, Crafts Magazine.
1983 - "Making a Tradition" Sean McCrum, Irish Times.
1987 - "Jack Doherty's Porcelain" Ceramic Review.
1991 - "Dictionary of Practical Pottery" Robert Fournier.
1992 - "Potters" Craft Potters Association.
1994 - "Porcelain" Caroline Whyman, Batsford;
1994 - "Soda Glazing" Ruthanne Tudball, A&C Black.
1998 - "A Song of Today" by Josie Walter, Ceramic Review May-June 1998.
1999 - "Reputations" by Anatol Orient, Ceramic Review July August 1999.
2002 - "Porcelain" by Jack Doherty, A&C Black.
1974 - International Ceramics Exhibition, Faenza ltaly.
1976 - International Ceramics Biennial, Vallauris France.
1977 - "Workmanship" Kilkenny Design Workshops, Dublin.
1980 - "Handmade" Arts Council of Northern Ireland touring exhibition;
1980 - "British Ceramics and Wood" Museum of Art and Craft, Hamburg Germany.
1981 - "Handmade for Exhibition" Form/Design Centre Malmo Sweden.
1982 - "Inlaid Ceramics" British Crafts Centre, London;
1982 - "British Contemporary Crafts" Houston Texas.
1983 - Ulster Museum Belfast.
1986 - "New Members Show" Contemporary Ceramics Shop London.
1987 - "Summer Pots" Peter Dingley Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon.
1988 - "CPA at the Bluecoat" Bluecoat Centre Liverpool;
1988 - "Teller und Schale" Claudia Krempl Gallery, Baldham Germany;
1988 - "CPA 2" Mid Cornwall Gallery.
1989 - "Potters 89" Contemporary Ceramics Shop London;
1989 - "Showcase" Contemporary Ceramics Shop London;
1989 - "A Handful of Clay" Design Centre and Bohams, London;
1989 - "The CPA in Wales" Porticus Gallery, Llandrindod Wells.
1990 - "Trio" Peter Dingley Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon;
1990 - "The CPA Goes South" Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire
1991 - "North of Watford Gap" CPA Touring Exhibition.
1992 - "Summer Images" Terrace Gallery, Worthing;
1992 - "New Ceramics" Small Mansion Arts Centre, London.
1993 - "Salzbrand" Koblenz, Germany;
1993 - "Art and Design Matters" Ulster Museum, Belfast.
1994 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood Hampshire;
1994 - "Eye on the Landscape" Church House Designs, Congresbury;
1994 - "Playing with Fire" Victoria and Albert Museum, London;
1994 - "Britain in Greece" Athens.
1995 - "Three Dimensions" Montpellier Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon;
1995 - "Made in the Middle" Touring Exhibition, West Midlands Arts;
1995 - The Royal Exchange Craft Centre, Manchester.
1996 - Anderson Gallery, Broadway, Worcestershire;
1996 - Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne.
1997 - "Songs in Salt" Princesshof Museum, Leewarden, Holland;
1997 - Domestic Warehouse, Rufford Craft Centre.
1998 - "Coolclay" Rufford Craft Centre;
1998 - Solo Exhibition, Contemparary Ceramics, London.
1999 - "Contemporary British Ceramics" Plymouth Arts Centre;
1999 - 12 Ceramistes Britaniques Galerie Hamelin Honfleur France;
1999 - "Objects of the Fire" Aylesbury Museum;
1999 - " Salt and Soda" Leicester City Museum;
1999 - Bircham Gallery Norfolk.
2000 - Alpha House Gallery, Dorset;
2000 - Eton Applied Arts, Windsor museum;
2000 - "Below the Salt" Portsmouth Museum;
2000 - "Inspired Choices" Morley Gallery London
2001 - "Expanding our views" Loes and Reinier Deventer Holland