Ashraf Hanna’s award-winning hand-built pieces are formed both as individual works and related groups of vessels, each object informing the next. The profiles, lines and spaces emerging from this process of development, their ultimate placement in relation to one another, the juxtaposition of sharp lines and softer curves, have become a major interest.
The forms are further enhanced by the introduction of a carefully considered, restrained palette of refined slips and stained clays. The pared-down nature of these new forms and the subtle surface treatments combine to produce vessels that are concerned with essence of form.
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.
Anna Lambert, a nationally recognised full-time maker, makes hand-built earthenware ceramics using various techniques including slab-building, modelling and painted slips.
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.
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.