Exhibition: Watts Ceramics 2019

Anyone still hankering after my thrown work may like to take a trip to Surrey for this group show as a selection of my tableware and servingware pieces will be featured.

Watts Ceramics 2019
7 September - 20 October
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Free admission | All works for sale

“ For the first time, Watts Contemporary Gallery will present a group ceramics show, bringing together work by nine leading contemporary artists to demonstrate the diversity of contemporary practice and to celebrate the long tradition of pottery at Watts Gallery – Artists' Village.

Featured ceramicists include Julie Ayton, Sophie MacCarthy, Penny Green and Felicity Jones.

Inspired by the legacy of ceramic artist Mary Watts (1849 – 1938), the artists in this exhibition are all women. Mary Watts was the co-founder of Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, teaching clay modelling to local villagers and subsequently helping them to establish a pottery co-operative that provided employment in the village for over 50 years. Between 1900 and 1956 the Compton Pottery flourished, selling at Liberty & Co and receiving commissions from the most eminent architects including Lutyens and Clough Williams-Ellis, for his Italianate village, Portmeirion.

Significantly, the exhibition takes place in one of the original Compton Pottery buildings, remodelled as part of the restoration of Watts Gallery – Artists' Village to provide a gallery space in which the charity can show and sell work associated with the ethos of the Artists' Village. Proceeds from Watts Contemporary exhibitions directly benefits Watts Gallery Trust's Art for All learning programme.

Work selected for this exhibition – which includes terracotta, stoneware, earthenware and porcelain – will show how leading contemporary makers are exploring new techniques and pushing artistic boundaries whilst acknowledging the influence of the past.

Studio potter Julie Ayton makes exquisite stoneware and porcelain pieces and, in a career spanning 25 years, has exhibited widely across the UK; as the daughter of renowned potter Clive Bowen, Helena Bowen always had clay 'at hand'. Inspired by a love of horses, Helena creates carefully modelled ceramic horses; Lucy Burley draws inspiration from the still-life paintings of Giorgio Morandi and from nature's palette to create her elegant sculptural vessels; Penny Green's detailed ceramic figures and objects include references to the past, including medieval illustrations and Elizabethan miniatures; Felicity Jones decorates her fine porcelain and white earthenware pieces with plants she collects while out walking with her dogs, adding underglaze to create a beautiful watercolour effect; award-winning Silvia Komodyova makes tableware and terracotta vessels inspired by the folk traditions and artefacts of her native Slovakia, tapping into the idea of social history to create modern interpretations of traditional designs; in the course of her 40 year career, Myra McDonnell has collaborated with illustrious clients including Raymond Blanc, Soho House and Watts Gallery. Myra's tin-glazed pottery has been exhibited internationally and for this exhibition Myra will be showing highly decorative platters and bowls; Sophie MacCarthy's slip-painted earthenware is widely admired for its distinctive imagery and bold, joyous colour, and Stephanie Robinson takes inspiration from the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and from the Arts & Crafts movement to create elegantly patterned work inspired by nature, and Jane Sarre will present her tactile serving and table-ware, inspired by family tradition. “

New exhibition at Gallery57 Arundel

Great news! My work will be featuring in a new still life exhibition at the wonderful Gallery57 in Arundel, opening on Saturday. When I was developing the Feast collection one of the things I paid particular attention to was the way in which my forms could contribute to an ad hoc still life tablescape as they were used or shelved, so it'll be fascinating to see it deliberately paired up and displayed in this way.

Gallery57 is genuinely my favourite gallery to follow on Instagram as they always show beautiful interesting work and curate it brilliantly, so I am beyond thrilled to have my pots included in their autumn/winter show. Do go along if you get the chance. Arundel may be a small town but it punches way above its weight for contemporary art with several good galleries so it's well worth a trip! If you can't get there in person you can always check them out on Instagram.

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Coastal currents 2018: my pick of the events & exhibitions

Coastal Currents is the massive arts festival for Hastings & St Leonards. I will again be opening my studio as part of the festival but I thought you might also like to see some of the many many other things that are happening to whet your appetite!

NEW QUEERS ON THE BLOCK  performance

NEW QUEERS ON THE BLOCK performance

Claudia Kappenberg  Shore Variations

Claudia Kappenberg Shore Variations

Bernard McGuigan:  Solo Sculpture Exhibition

Bernard McGuigan: Solo Sculpture Exhibition

There's also an intriguing series of installations by Shopkeepers of the World exploring the idea of the charity shop as the archive of the community. The completed works are on display in a range of shops in Bexhill & St Leonards. Details on p53 of the printed programme, but I haven't managed to find them on the website so we may have to just go for a wander and see what we find!

'Dish of the Day' exhibition opens today

I'm very pleased to announce that a selection of my work will be on show at the wonderful Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool as part of their contemporary tableware exhibition 'Dish of the Day'. The preview is tonight so do go along if you are in the area.

Sadly I don't think I'll be able to get up there to see it in person but I look forward to seeing some photographs. Having been there in the past I'm confident that all those that do get to visit will have a great time!

Dish of the Day / Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Saturday 26th August 2017

This exhibition will highlight the contemporary ranges of beautiful handmade functional tableware that is being produced by potters across the UK.

Our dining table will also include ranges of complementary table linen and utensils in wood and metal with furniture by leading makers.

Confirmed makers include Clod & Pebble, Emily Doran, Dove Street Pottery, Helen Faulkner, Teresa Green, Miriam Jones, Lindean Mill Glass, Hugh Miller, Marged Owain, Pottery West, Jane Sarre, Charlotte Storrs, Kaori Tatebayashi, Michael Taylor, Christine Toh & Sarah Went.

Kent Potters Association Exhibition now open

The KPA exhibition is now open until 25th June. It's taking place at the The Stables Gallery, Hall Place, Bexley. Hall Place is a stunning Tudor House with great riverside gardens so it's worth maknig time for an extended visit.

I have a number of pots being shown and will be there to help with the invigilating on Thursday 15th June if you'd like to come along and say hello.

Show time! A summer programme of events & exhibitions

I have a busy summer ahead with lots of great shows that you might enjoy.

Here's a round-up for your diary.

1. Made Bloomsbury

I will have a stand at this lovely show- plus! I have some 2-for-1 vouchers for this show that I can email you, so if you'd like please do get in touch and send me your email address.

2. Kent Potter's Association Open Exhibition

This year for the first time my work will be at the KPA show. It's on 26 May - 25 June at The Stables Gallery, Hall Place, Dartford, DA5 1PQ

3. West Dean Arts & Crafts Festival featuring Made

2-4 June 2017

West Dean Gardens near Chichester, PO18 0QZ

A great show in the splendid West Dean gardens, I'll be making my debut with a stand and some new work.

4. South East Open Studios

9-25 June 2017

20 Clifton Rd, Hastings, TN35 5AN

This year is the 20th anniversary of this huge show with hundreds of artists over 4 counties. Join me for my inaugural open studio in the new space with guest artist Celia David & light refreshments. Open other times by appintment.

5. Dish of the Day: Contemporary tableware

22 July to 26 August 2017

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

I'm delighted to have been invited to show my work at the Bluecoat with several great potters.

6. Southern Ceramics Group Summer Exhibition

29 July - 13 August 2017

Bishops Kitchen, Chichester Cathedral, PO19 1PX

Another first for me, my work will be part of this regional round-up.

7. Coastal Currents Open Studios

2-10 September 2017

20 Clifton Rd, Hastings, TN35 5AN

More details on this one will be available nearer the time, it's a big cultural festival for the Hastings area so well worth a weekend to explore. Again I'll be showing in my studio, with guest artist Jemma Wyllie.

 

I hope to see you somewhere along the way this summer!