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.
Tanya Gomez is a renowned for her undulating porcelain vessels in her signature lustrous hues. Working from East Sussex, she throws the vessels in sections on the wheel, later joining them and sculpting the rims when the clay is leather hard. She conducts multiple firings to achieve her brilliant finishes. In this exhibition Tanya introduces softer glazes in celadon and white alongside the energetic hues for which she is known.
“This body of work is full of joy in making and an affirmation of what I love doing. I know the pieces well and there are challenges in each vessel.” –Tanya Gomez
Jenny Southam‘s hand built and decorated figurative sculptures draw from the realms of European and English mythology, from domestic incidents and rituals, and most recently, from vintage knitting patterns. The Devon based artist predominantly uses a lightly grogged terracotta, which picks up the most subtle of modelled figurative expressions. Each ceramic piece is its own psychological drama.
“When I enter the studio I am searching for that serene state of absolute absorption that making and drawing can gift us, which we all wish will, in some manner, enrich our audience.” –Jenny Southam
Richard Wilson interprets the beauty of the creative world around us through patterns and colours, using pots as three-dimensional canvases. Through works that explore a simplicity of form he will showcase decoration created using iron pigment he collected from the cliffs at West Bay.
“Decoration is the journey I take to balance colour and design. I treat the slips like oil paints, using different brushes to create shapes and pattern, and draw with a slip trailer on top.” –Richard Wilson
Together these artists present a show full of diversity, colour, expression and craftsmanship.
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.