June RidgwayImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 176 Emscote Road, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, CV34 5QN. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)7805515364
Email:
Web-site: www.juneridgwayceramics.co.uk
Availability: visit by appointment.
Joined on: 2012-06-12
Last Updated: 2014-06-23

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

Inspiration is from many sources; classical and primitive ceramics; archaeological pottery reconstructed;  the colour of rusted metals; weathered wood and other exposed surfaces which have that rich patina of age; winter landscapes criss-crossed by hedges and trees; sun rise and sun set skies.

Blog: www.juneridgwayceramics.blogspot.co.uk  

 

Current work and Availability

Current work and Availability

Work usually available from:
Mitchell Gallery, Warwick
Junction Gallery, Woodstock
Chantry Gallery, Ripley, Harrogate
Iona Gallery and pottery, Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland

Technical Information

Technical Information

My handbuilding technique is coiling with the occasional use of press moulds and throwing, though coiling is my preferred choice because of the slower considered pace; scraping and fettling as the pot takes shape. Burnishing then follows to form an irresistible tactile satin finish before the bisque firing. Pieces are then placed in saggars with copper, salt and sawdust creating an atmosphere which leaves unique marks and colour on each and every pot. This aspect of the work is very exciting as the pot is handed over to the vagaries of the firing.

Sometimes I break completed bisque work from large forms to small square tiles and fire the fragments in different parts of the kiln piecing back together. 
The juxtaposition of the shards with tight abutment of joints I find visually very satisfying. This is part of my regular practise particularly in wall panel constructions.

History and Memberships

History and Memberships

2007  full time ceramic practice
1977-2006 secondary school teaching of Art full/part time
1976 PGCE Birmingham Polytechnic
1970-73 Design/Ceramics Wolverhampton Polytechnic
1968-1970 Foundation Course Harrogate School of Art

Memberships
Member of Midlands and Northern Potters Associations
Associate Member of the RBSA

Exhibiting and Selling

Exhibiting and Selling

2012 Mary Maggs Gallery Broadway, Worcestershire
2012 MAC Marketplace Birmingham
2012 Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair
2012 Potfest in the Park Cumbria
2012 Winterbourne Gallery Birmingham
2012 RBSA Birmingham Candidates Exhibition

2011 MAC Marketplace, Birmingham
2011 Potfest in the Pens Cumbria
2011 Potfest Scotland Scone Palace
2011 Gallery Upstairs Henley in Arden Warwickshire, Summer Exhibition
2010 Nuneaton Art Gallery & Museum MPA
2010 Brewhouse, Burton, Staffs
2010 Barn Galleries Henley on Thames annual exhibition
2010 Artists & Designers Exhibition, Longbarn, Alcester 
2010 Potfest in the Pens Scotland
2010 Potfest in the Pens Cumbria
2010 Milton Keynes University, MPA
2009 Potfest in the Pens Cumbria
2009 Gallery Upstairs Henley in Arden Warwickshire, Winter Exhibition
2009 Ceramics Open Exhibition RBSA Birmingham

Commissions and Projects

Commissions and Projects

2009 Garden Sculpture, private client

Work Styles

Work Styles

Unglazed
Handbuilt
Burnished
Wall Panels, Plaques
Smoke
Saggar