Jack Doherty was born in Northern Ireland and studied Ceramics at the Ulster College of Art and Design, Belfast. On graduating he worked at Kilkenny Design Workshops before establishing his studio in Co Armagh in 1978. He was Chair of the Craft Potters Association for 12 years, a founder member of Ceramic Art London and has been guest editor of Ceramic Review magazine. His work is exhibited internationally and is represented in many public collections in Ireland, the UK, Europe, Japan and China.
Doherty questions the role of clay objects and considers their changing place in a contemporary world. His vessels are based on the archetypal ceramic forms, pots for holding, storing and keeping safe but for him, the concept of function is ambiguous and multi-layered containing the qualities of both art and utility.
Using his signature soda-fired porcelain, new for this exhibition Jack has made a series of ‘Guardian Vessels’ with folded rims and drawn surfaces. He has also been working on a group of spherical forms, carved and heavily textured, some to be held in the hand, others large and bold.
Our “New Members” exhibition is packed with inspired works blurring the lines between art and craft. Showcasing something for each artistic taste; from the likes of Gail Altschuler, timeless simplicity by Jennifer Amon and Verity Howard’s sculptural pieces. The wide array of display also includes complex pieces from Timothy Copsey, red stone clay improvisational music inspired work of Julian King-Salter, domestic objects by Francis Lloyd-Jones balancing between looseness and definition, to a more contemporary storytelling through figurative ceramics by Craig Mitchell, and narrative visual fragments by Carolyn Tripp.