Paul Philp unites refined classic forms with highly tactile surfaces to create pieces of strong individual identity.
Working from his studio in Bath, he slowly develops these robust, pared-back shapes using coiling, modelling, carving and other hand-building techniques. The vessels are fired no less than four times, with layers of slips and oxides introduced at each stage, to yield subtly eroded and spotted surfaces. Recalling ancient artifacts and geological textures, the works evoke a feeling of serenity.
The works on show reveal the maker’s pursuit of modernising the classic vessel form.
We welcome to our online gallery this reputable and influential ceramist, whose work reflects more than 25 years of evolution and artistry.
Lisa Hammond MBE, a pioneer of soda-glaze firing, combines strong uncomplicated forms with tactile surfaces.
Sophie MacCarthy and Richard Phethean’s established careers have embraced bold decoration and a joyous approach to colour through the use of slip on their earthenware pieces. In this exhibition Sophie’s classic forms and intricate stencil decoration sit well together with Richard’s meticulous abstract designs on curious constructed shapes.
This solo exhibition celebrates the work of Akiko Hirai featuring her practical and decorative ceramic ware. Her Japanese cultural background and aesthetics strongly influence this collection while each piece is also perfectly rooted in contemporary designs.