The focus of this exhibition is the varying use of porcelain by these three makers. Anja Lubach’s delicate figurative details will sit alongside the spontaneous graphic marks of Katherina Klug’s vessels and Jo Davies’ unique thrown and assembled forms. The exhibition shows the breadth and limitations of porcelain, with each maker citing the material’s properties as integral to their work.
The Contemporary Ceramics Centre presents new work from Matthew Chambers. His stoneware sculptures of concentric and eccentric circles explore an abstraction of geometry. Often appearing both simple and complex the thrown vessels are tactile with a stone like finish and demand contemplation.
This exhibition brings together the work of three Scandinavian makers, Gunilla Maria Åkesson, Jussi Ojala and Maria Kristofersson. Maria Kristofersson’s work has strong ties to drawing, the pots and sculptures seeming to sometimes act as three dimensional animations. Gunilla Maria Åkesson’s coiled vessels show their delicacy through translucency and variation in glaze thickness, with elegant subtleties in both form and surface whereas the volcanic glazes of Jussi Ojala’s sit in stark contrast with each pot appearing rooted to the spot by thick draping glazes.
New work from Stephen Parry. Known for his wood fired stoneware and porcelain, Stephen will present a selection of recent work. His long and high firings produce glazes of great depth whilst the use of momentum and kick wheels gives the sense that his pots are at ease with themselves.
James Oughtibridge is known for his sculptures of scale and presence. His work is slabbed and constructed using interlocking planes, with refined surfaces acting as a counterbalance to the powerful forms. The vessels of either dark or light surfaces create a play of light and shadow inviting inspection and holding intrigue.
Kyra Cane creates refined porcelain vessels with abstract decoration in shades of grey, blue and black with striking yellow flashes. Her work aims to capture the freedom that throwing can provide, whilst being alert to the immediacy of the process and open to the risks that are involved.
e immediacy of the process and open to the risks that are involved.
An exhibition of new work from Bev Bell-Hughes. The landscape of mountains, beaches and river estuaries that make up the artists’ surroundings provide much of the subject matter for her work. She makes clear that it is not an imitation but more of an echo to the natural processes, with her hands replacing the weathering of stones and rocks, and traces in the sand.
The Contemporary Ceramics Centre present the work of Sophie Favre. Based in France, her figurative sculptures of people and animals show a mischievous and sometimes slightly disconcerting view of the human condition, inclusive of all its illusions and fragilities. It is presented in the work of Sophie Favre as something to contemplate, to worry about and to poke fun at simultaneously.
This exhibition will showcase new work by Akiko Hirai. Her wide range of work encompasses large jars down to domestic ware from both Japanese and British ceramic traditions. Whilst her domestic ware boasts a tactile quality that complements her simple but elegant forms, the larger work is often bold and unabashed, with thick layers of glaze and deformities welcomed to produce wares with great presence.
Time for the celebration and presents buying!