New Ceramics for 2018
New Ceramics For The New Year
We are looking forward to our first exhibition of the year, 'Porcelain', which opens in February and brings together three makers who work with porcelain. Running from 15th February until 10th March, the focus of this exhibition is the varying use of porcelain by three makers. Anja Lubach’s delicate figurative details will sit alongside the spontaneous graphic marks of Katherina Klug’s vessels and Jo Davies’ unique thrown and assembled forms. The exhibition shows the breadth and limitations of porcelain, with each maker citing the material’s properties as integral to their work.
In the meantime, as is the norm in this blog, we explore the stories of ceramists who feature in our current rotation.
"Clay was a beast that needed to be tamed."
|Tina Vlassopulos at Contemporary Ceramics Centre | Piece to left 'Trio'|
|Tina Vlassopulos | Trio|
|Tina Vlassopulos | Toot|
After almost 40 years of being a potter, I’m not sure whether I tamed the beast, but the beast has certainly tamed me!"
Tina Vlassopulos 2018
"Each vessel becomes an interpretation rather than a representation, and the marks an indication of an earlier impression or experience. A painting in clay."
"I have been a potter now for over forty years and my work has gone through various stages but it has always had a very 'Elaine Coles' look about it."
High Fired Stoneware circa 2007
Naked Raku 2014
Glazed Raku circa 2014
Originally I had my wheel in the kitchen until I bought a gas kiln and we turned the coal shed into a pottery! I began selling my work at craft fairs and then went on to work at Thorpe Park Farm demonstrating to the great British public.
In 1986 I was accepted on to the Diploma Course at Goldsmiths College. It was inspirational and my work took on a different dimension and the more artistic side of my nature began to develop.
|Elaine Coles | Decorated Vessel|
My husband died in 1997 and I had to decide how I was going to earn my living, either by getting a 'proper job' or opening a pottery. Needless to say I decided on the latter and opened a pottery at a Garden Centre in Surrey. I took on an assistant and we made a range of domestic ware and garden pots which ran successfully until the lease was up and another decision had to be reached.
I sold my house and bought an old Barclays Bank in Chobham. It was a beautiful space and a friend and I ran it as a Craft Council Selected Gallery for many years in conjunction with my studio at the rear where I still live and work to this day.
I have been a potter now for over forty years and my work has gone through various stages but it has always had a very 'Elaine Coles' look about it. My inspiration originally came from French Provincial Pottery. I loved the earthy shapes and the lead glazes. It also comes from my time spent in Africa. Most of my work is thrown but I have gone through several changes in the glazing and surface decoration. My love of colour led me to experiment with glazes and my tutor at Goldsmiths, Ray Silverman, encouraged me to mix my own glazes, these I fired to a very high temperature and the glazes ran and melted into each other creating one-off abstract designs. I spent several years smoke firing and now I have gone full circle and back to my love of colour. I use my own originally-designed ceramic transfers with coloured glazes, and gold and coloured lustre." Elaine Coles 2018