Sunday, 31 May 2009

Jonathan Wade


At present, the art and design of the Far East is Jonathan Wade's strongest inspiration.

Jonathan uses various making techniques. Contrasting elements are an important part of his work. This may materialise in loose decoration or soft glazes over tight forms or in the use of non-ceramic materials.

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Gabriele Koch


Gabriele Koch is interested in the vessel as an abstract sculptural object. She concentrates on simple forms which sometimes emphasize the relationship between internal and external space, or the movement or stillness within the form.

All pieces are hand built and burnished to achieve a tactile sensual surface. Some recent pieces have incorporated texture thus creating a contrast between rough and burnished surface areas. The distinctive patterning which complements the form is achieved in a carefully organized secondary smoke firing.

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Ruth King


Ruth King's pots are handbuilt using various techniques of construction to produce individual pieces in salt-glaze stoneware.  Ruth has exhibited throughout Britain and has work in a number of collections including; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Castle Museum, Nottingham, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

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Carolyn Genders

Carolyn Genders says of her work ; ''Living in the country I cannot ignore the seasons and the consequent transformation of the landscape throughout the year. This influences my work and referring to landscape studies in my sketchbook and the marks and brushwork of my life drawings, I work intuitively on forms developed from organic sources.  Responding to the material, enjoying the rhythm as I move around the form, I make marks of depth and variation, scratching and scraping through layers of slip, revealing the clay and emphasising the dryness of engobe or the softness of burnished slip; the silky surface emerging as polished as a sea worn pebble.  I work spontaneously, creating forms and surfaces that evoke the feeling I have when I am part of the landscape, not illustrating it but striving to convey nuance of shape, balance and mass and creating mood and atmosphere."

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Sarah Dunstan

Sarah Dunstan is fascinated by collections of objects: from the very small and personal such as scent bottles, and the mundane such as sardine tins, through to large architectural forms such as Gaudi buildings. 

She collects images, using her sketch book for drawing and painting, but also as a scrapbook. Feathers, fabric and packaging are glued in next to photos. These photos are fragmented memories of places visited; a close up detail of a Greek sign perhaps, or advertising on a French cafĂ© wall. 

Sarah decorates rolled out sheets of clay, using various techniques including painting and printing with coloured slips. The pieces are then put together using paper templates to create the final form - similar to the patterns that her mother used as a dressmaker when she was a child. 

 Some final pieces are purely ornamental but some tell a story.

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Emmanuel Cooper


Emmanuel Cooper makes individual pots, mostly in porcelain. These include bowls and jug forms. His glazes tend to be bright and rich and include turquoise blues and greens, nickel pinks and blues, yolk yellows. He fires to 1260 C using an electric kiln. 

Emmanuel has been making pots since 1965.  He is the editor of Ceramic Review and is the author of many books on ceramics. He has work in many collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal Scottish Museum, and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

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Sandy Brown

Sandy Brown trained in Japan.  Her work is now widely exhibited internationally. Sandy makes expressive lively pots that show the tactile sensuality of clay with fresh spontaneous decoration. She runs workshops on Intuition and Creativity and lectures and demonstrates world-wide. 

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Friday, 29 May 2009

John Berry


John Berry's figures reflect a love of fantasy and folklore. His work is derived from Staffordshire figures,  together with contemporary painting and sculpture.

The hand built individual pieces are made from buff stoneware clay, decorated with underglaze colours.

John Berry studied architecture at the University of Westminster, painting at Central St. Martins and ceramics at Wimbledon School of Art.  He has work, including prints and drawings, in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London; The Imperial War Museum; The Welsh Arts Council; KLM Holland.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

New Showcase of Work - 2nd June to 5th July 2009

Sarah Dunstan
In addition to our permanent display, we will be showcasing the new work of 8 makers, who are members of the Craft Potters Association.John Berry, Sandy Brown, Emmanuel Cooper,  Sarah Dunstan, Carolyn Genders, Ruth King, Gabriele Koch, and Jonathan Wade. 
The work has started arriving and it promises to be an exciting showcase. For more information see our page on Facebook.

Emmanuel Cooper
Carolyn Genders
Gabrielle Koch
Jonathan Wade
Ruth King

John Berry
Sandy Brown


Friday, 15 May 2009

Contemporary Ceramics at Collect 2009


Some great photos from Collect to share with you.  

Lisa Hammond

Susan Disley

Aneta Regel Deleu

Martin McWilliam

Kaori Tatabyashi

Sandy Brown

Gareth Mason

Saturday, 9 May 2009

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Sunday, 3 May 2009


Sandy Brown


Contemporary Ceramics at Collect 2009


15 - 17 May 2009
Saatchi Gallery, 
Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SQ

Contemporary Ceramics was representing 8 makers at Collect 2009. In addition to some familiar names, this year we were also showing work by several new and emerging artists.


Makers represented:
Sandy Brown, Susan Disley, Lisa Hammond, Gareth Mason, Martin McWilliamAneta Regel-Deleu, Kaori Tatebayashi.

Gareth Mason

Martin McWilliam

Lisa Hammond

Aneta Regel Deleu

Susan Disley

Kaori Tatebayashi