New Work On Display December 2013 to March 2014
Kevin de Choisy
Kevin de Choisy attended Harrow School of Art during the ‘Golden Years’ of the early 1970’s. After graduating he worked as a production thrower and designer in industry in the U.S. for many years before returning to the U.K. in 1990. On returning to the U.K. he established himself in Somerset. Kevin is passionately interested in early eighteenth century ceramics and his current work owes much to 18th century creamwares.
His rich glazes are achieved through a layering of glazes. Latex patches are applied over a base glaze, then a second glaze is sprayed over the surface of the pot before the patches are removed. A third, thin glaze layer is applied which results in his high gloss finish.
Kevin de Choisy was born in 1954. He trained at Harrow School of art under Colin Pearson and Walter Keeler.
Wendy JohnsonWendy Johnson handbuilds functional and decorative pieces. She takes a playful approach towards functionality which is mirrored through the hand drawn and illustrative quality of her decoration.
Nature is a frequent motif and can be seen taking the form of leaves and flowers, cut from sheets of delicately decorated clay. There is a fragile quality to her illustration which is contrasted with a bold use of colour as seen in vessels such as her brightly coloured and rounded cups. Sitting on top of cushioned rings, the cups also feature applied flowers and leaves decorating the handles.
Wendy Johnson graduated from Derbyshire College of Higher Education in 1990 with an HND in Studio Crafts (Ceramics) with a Distinction. She exhibits regularly and also works as a creative practitioner within educational settings and the community.
Rose Wallace recalls the tradition of Victorian mantelpiece ornaments with her current Flatback Figures series. Victorian Staffordshire flatback figures were made to depict people or mark events that were important and part of popular culture at the time. Utilizing a similar process, Rose works from casts taken from the products and the by-products of contemporary life. She constructs pieces that can be seen as both observations and as comments on present day society.
Sara Moorhouse graduated from University of Wolverhampton with a BA (Hons) in Illustration and 3D design in 1996. She continued her studies and graduated from UWIC School of Art and Design, Cardiff with an MA Ceramics in 2004 and a PhD Ceramics 2010. She has exhibited within the UK and internationally since 2005.