Ashley Howard is an award winning ceramic artist and dedicated teacher creating porcelain vessels informed by Far-Eastern and homespun pottery traditions. Ashley’s work draws from his interest in ritual vessels, the spaces they occupy and the ceremonies that surround them.
Primarily throwing his work on the wheel, while sometimes applying varying degrees of manipulation and altering, Ashley uses surface techniques he has developed over the years to decorate his work by drawing, brushing and printing with enamels. His unique approach to surface decoration is captured by Adrian Bland who writes ‘Howard himself has spoken of his early reticence with regard to decoration, his holding back from being a ‘potter that paints’ (Howard, 2018), and for some time his idiosyncratic mark making remained bound within the sketchbook. Such reticence was perhaps first confronted technically, with research into the right materials and processes, the right temperatures, to push the mark-making into the pot, so that the surface is not sitting on the form, but rather becomes integral to it, and the pot retains a ceramic integrity that somewhat refutes the notion of clay as canvas; ‘the glaze has pulled the marks right in’ (Howard, 2018)’
Initially studying at what is now known as the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, Ashley has built a career combining teaching with making. Studying his Masters at the Royal College of Art in 2001, he has since published numerous articles on technical and aesthetic subjects.
“The motion, movement and rhythm of the potters wheel have always been an experiential influence on my making. This exhibition represents a stage in my continuing enquiring into the relationship between form and surface.” – Ashley Howard
South Coast based Carolyn Genders is an internationally renowned ceramic artist, author and educator, recognized for her unique use of colour and surface. This newest body of work from Carolyn offers a bright and instinctive collection which is the direct response to a three month residency in France. Each piece denotes a new terrain and a time of joyous expression of colour and emotion through paint and brush, now extended into ceramic forms.
Jill Fanshawe Kato’s ceramic forms are adorned with her distinctive imagery; of birds, animals, plants and small creatures, such as grasshoppers and shrimps. Meanwhile, Susan O’Byrne’s creatures are vehicles for the expression, distillation and embodiment of fundamental aspects of our humanity.
As the festive season approaches, we are thrilled to present an inspiring selection of hand-picked and carefully curated works by many of our respected CPA members. We are privileged to be able to bring such a comprehensive, varied and covetable showcase to the gallery this Christmas and we are certain there will be something for all tastes to discover and take home.