Akiko Hirai

5 to look out for at Ceramics in the City

Next week the Geffrye Museum is again playing host to Ceramics in the City and over 50 ceramicists of all stripes. It always amazes me how much variety can be packed into a show dedicated to a single medium.

I love the simplicity of Akiko Hirai's forms that couple so well with the rich surfaces.

Akiko Hirai

Akiko Hirai

Ruth King's handbuilt strong forms are also a long-time favourite showing real mastery that I don't often get to see in person.

Ruth King

Ruth King

Albert Montserrat is new to me, I saw the sole remaining pot he had on his stand at Art in Clay Hatfield - and it left me wanting to see more.

Albert Montserrat

Albert Montserrat

Lesley Risby is also new to me, introduced by an article in Ceramic Review that discussed her intriguing method, which I'm looking forward to examining the results in the flesh.

Lesley Risby

Lesley Risby

Tim Lake always seems to pull together a beautiful family of works for his stands, and I usually covet the whole lot. He recently moved to Wales so it will be interesting to see if the new location is evident in the new work...

Tim Lake

Tim Lake

Art in Action

I squeezed in a lovely holidayette this weekend, visiting a sunny Art in Action with my parents. It was particularly apt as we met with an uncle and aunt there and it was the first time I had visited AiA in about 20 years, the last time being to see my aunt exhibiting her amazing knitwear. In that time the show has grown massively to a rather overwhelming 41 marquees and demo stages!

Moonjar, Akiko Hirai

Moonjar, Akiko Hirai

Naturally I headed first for the ceramics marquee. As ever, everything on Akiko Hirai's stand was lovely (I wanted the whole collection), Tony Laverick's surfaces intrigued and  Tanya Gomez's colours were joyful.

once the bewliderment of so many marquees had worn off I really appreciated the range of materials styles and forms being exhibited. As well as seeing some live glassblowing, always fascinating, here's a selection of work I was especially taken by...

Still lives by  Sarah Spackman

Still lives by Sarah Spackman

Textiles by  Ekta Kaul

Textiles by Ekta Kaul

Embroidery by  Roanna Wells

Embroidery by Roanna Wells

Willow sculpture by  Lizzie Farey

Willow sculpture by Lizzie Farey

Steamed and riveted trugs by  Jane Crisp

Steamed and riveted trugs by Jane Crisp

All told it was an inspiring and re-energising weekend. Who knows what might come out of it once the mental cogs have done their spinning!