Anna Lambert is a nationally recognised full-time maker creating one-of-a-kind earthenware ceramics often depicting intriguing and detailed landscapes.
Each of Anna’s pieces are developed during the making stage using drawing in the landscape as a starting point. Often assembling her pieces from fine pliable sheets (slabs) of clay – white earthenware mixed with a rougher clay – she then alters, cuts and fettles them. On occasion she may add sections of texture from carved or lino cut designs.
Anna’s ideas reflect an interest in her locality exploring narratives relating to, amongst other things, climate change in her local landscape and the regeneration of orchards. Inspired by new nature writing, she engages with a common language beyond pastoral sentimentality, combining drawing with the abstract qualities of pots, their spaces, edges and surfaces.
Bringing together the joy of colour with bold and creative shapes, this exhibition celebrates the versatility of clay as seen in expressive statement ceramics. The show features recent work by three high-profile makers.
Ruthanne Tudball and Jeremy Steward each have long standing careers in ceramics creating work that feels organic and holds an earthy authenticity. Jeremy wood fires and salt-glazes his work while Ruthanne is renowned for her soda glaze firing, the results for both are delightfully soft textures and finishes.
Sarah Jenkins works from her house and studio surrounded by farmland in North Essex. Patricia Shone has been living and working on the Isle of Skye for the past 25 years. Though based at opposite ends of the UK, the inspiration they gather from their surrounding landscapes have lead them down surprisingly familiar paths.
Ashraf Hanna’s award-winning hand-built pieces are formed both as individual works and related groups of vessels, each object informing the next.
Highly regarded as one of Britain's finest studio potters, Clive Bowen is internationally known and respected for his powerful yet intimate pieces. He produces slip-decorated earthenware pots in a country style, with sparse but fluid and vigorous trailing of slip in free-flowing abstract or stylised patterns.