Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Ceramic Curator' View of July in the Gallery



THE CURATOR'S VIEW
JULY 2018

From a Curator's perspective, this year has been a  particularly stimulating one so far and I have to say that this coming  month is an exceptional one even by Bevere standards.

Walter Keeler needs almost nothing to be said by way of introduction. He is one of the great British potters whose making and design skills are supreme. Not only is it good to have his work at Bevere once again, we also have the added bonus of a Makers Lunch with him on Friday 6 July. Book now to avoid disappointment and to hear Walter talk about his life in ceramics and the making of the pots that we will have on show.

It is also good to have the work of New Zealand born Raewyn Harrison back in the Gallery again. She is inspired by a love of architecture, history and a less conscious, but no less important, fascination for tidal landscapes. She uses a wide range of making and decorating processes which produce original pieces with a strong storyline.  

The first new maker to the Gallery this month is Matt Davis. Matt is at the cutting edge of current design and making technolog 
y. His computer aided design vessels are fascinating objects which redefine the traditional in a 21st century language. Controversial his approach may be but his work cannot be ignored.

We have an additional Featured Maker for this month and I am delighted to welcome the work of the German potter Christiane Bernstiel to Bevere. Her father was the eminent Bauhaus potter, Otto Lindig and there is no doubt that the Bauhaus influence is evident in her fine work which is characterised by her sculptural shaping of pots and the simplicity of decoration. In her own words, she focuses on each individual pot and the border between use and sculpture. This may well be the first time that her work has been seen here in the UK. Notwithstanding her heritage, she has her own voice and it is a privilege to be showing her pots this month and beyond.

You will now understand why I feel  this year has been such an exciting and stimulating ceramic experience. Come and join us!!!

Stuart Dickens 

Maker's Lunch with Walter Keeler on Friday 6th July




Wednesday, 6 June 2018


MAKERS LUNCH
       CAROLYN GENDERS


       1st June 2018
It was a particular pleasure to welcome Carolyn Genders as our Featured Maker guest. Carolyn has shown at Bevere several times over the past years and as always it was good to have her work back in the Gallery.

Once again, Carolyn's group of newly made pots contrasted strongly in making techniques and decorative styles with other featured makers, providing a stimulating show for all tastes.

Carolyn has an established reputation as a maker and teacher producing intriguing and colourfully decorated vessels from the small to the very large - although she now makes mostly smaller pieces. From my perspective, I have always seen Carolyn as a three dimensional painter. An artist who has adopted clay as the most effective vehicle for carrying her work. For her part, she has worked with clay since she was a young child, so in many ways her high level decorative skills complement her facility with clay and its potential.

Reference was made to two stimulating books by Carolyn on inspiration and decorative approaches – Sources of Inspiration: For Ceramics and Applied Arts and Pattern Colour and Form; Creative Approaches by Artists.  Writing these works enabled her to take time to think about her creative drivers as well as those of other well known  makers and artists.

It became clear during our conversation that Carolyn's ' decorative voice' has emerged over a number of years. It was also evident that her decorative style was much looser than the pattern derived style of some 15 to 20 years ago.  The largest of the pieces in front of us showed that a wide range of decorative techniques had been employed on the one pot.

She spends considerable time sketching and developing her decoration.  Essentially, she started each piece with a clear vision of what the finished piece would look like. There is no sense in which the Genders' approach is standing still and we will see her decorative approach develop and change over time.

Although Carolyn produces a wide range of paintings and prints she is in no doubt that her prime focus is on the making of clay vessels. It was evident that her love of clay iis deeply felt and that is why she prefers hand building rather than throwing as it reinforces the sense of each piece as a product of the hand.

These were just a few of the many issues discussed during the two hours over lunch and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the stimulating interaction. Many thanks to Carolyn for her major contribution to this event.
LUNCH WITH WALTER  KEELER - FRIDAY 6th JULY

Stuart Dickens
Ceramic Curator
2 June 2018
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Thursday, 12 April 2018

The CURATOR'S VIEW




 THE CURATOR'S VIEW
         MAY / JUNE FEATURE
 May 4th until  June 26th 2018

The meteorologists may be less able to foretell the onset of summer, but our featured maker programme absolutely does with a two-month feature involving six high quality makers who will bring us much needed sunshine. Two of the makers are new to Bevere and are very much part of our endeavour to continue to bring new and stimulating talent to our visitors.

Rebecca Appleby is the first of our new names. She has come to the attention of ceramic enthusiasts over the past two years and has made an impact with her abstract ceramics and paintings. We are always delighted to show the two-dimensional work of ceramicists, which gives a different perspective on the creative drive of the maker. 



 

Midori Takaki was a child in Japan with ambitions to become a writer. As it happened her vivid imagination turned to ceramics to express the almost continuous flow of ideas and images that are in her head. This is finely made ceramic sculpture with a strong oriental influence – not surprisingly.




Mark Dally is one of the best slip decorators we know. The confidence and precision of his black on white vessels and his design talents have been much admired on previous occasions at Bevere  - great to have him here again. He will also be joining us for the Makers Lunch on Saturday 5 May.




Christiane Wilhelm who lives and works in Germany produces meticulously designed and made pots, which we always welcome in the Gallery.  She is highly respected for the quality of her making and the original perspectives she brings to all of her work.  







Elly Wall  is our second new name. She makes distinctive vessels, which are often minimally glazed with marks and flashes of glaze. In her own words, she wants to maintain the freshness and rawness of her materials. Her work will contrast most effectively with other featured makers.



Carolyn Genders has an established reputation as a maker and teacher producing intriguing and colourfully decorated vessels from the small to the very large. She has not shown here for a while and it will be good to see her work here again along with her paintings. Carolyn will also be joining us for a Makers Lunch arranged for Friday 1 June

So there we are  - I hope that it brings our visitors as much pleasure as it does the Bevere team in setting up this stimulating show.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Maker's Lunch - PENNY FOWLER - April 2018



This was a fully booked lunch event which gave us all the opportunity to explore the elegance, precision and effective use of colour in Penny Fowler's porcelain and bone china pieces. Penny was last at Bevere when we held the CPA at 50 show which feels a long way back now.

Influenced by her sculptor grandfather, she developed turned thrown pieces originally, but became more and more interested in developing fine, precise pots that would show her carving to best effect. When she decided to make moulds and cast her pieces it was that point at which the voice we now recognise as distinctly hers, began to emerge.

All of us were particularly impressed with the structure of her small pieces and the apparent simplicity of her decorative design which belies the subtlety of her undoubted design skills. Penny sees herself as a City potter  - having lived and worked in London for may years – and her work reflects her interest in architecture, design and the world around her.  It was evident from the detailed processes she described that even the smallest of pieces could take several hours to complete. We can so often underestimate how long it takes to make high quality studio ceramics.

Over an excellent lunch we discussed a range of questions about Penny's work and the wider ceramic market. All round a very satisfying event and thank you to Penny for coming up from London for the day.

Stuart Dickens
8 April 2018

Next MAKER'S LUNCH -   SATURDAY 5th MAY with  MARK DALLY 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Curator's View April 2018


    

At the time of writing, it feels that Spring has not yet sprung and Winter still has a few remaining teeth, nevertheless we have featured makers in April that will certainly augur the change of season. Two of our featured ceramicists have shown here before and as always we are pleased to be showing a maker for the first time.

Sally Streuli is the new maker to Bevere. We are delighted to see her work which is inspired by her archaeological background. Sally's stoneware pots reflect the robust style of their ancient predecessors. The dark exteriors purposefully contrast with the highly detailed interiors where flora and fauna-rich decorations are derived from classic china patterns and adapt traditional decorative techniques, including hand painting, transfers and lots of gold.

Christopher Taylor is a previous winner of our Graduate show who has become an established ceramicist with a growing reputation. He brings together traditional ceramic decoration and contemporary abstract art. His vessels have presence and in various sizes and forms bring pleasure to his many admirers. Good to have him here again.



Penny Fowler works in cast porcelain which is the canvas for her clean, precise decoration of finely made pots. She is more interested in form rather than function and bringing together opacity with the translucency of porcelain. She describes herself as a London based potter whose work reflects 21st century living and the city in which she lives and works. She has kindly agreed to take part in this month's Makers Lunch and I am delighted that all of the available places have been taken up it should be a most enjoyable and stimulating event.

Stuart Dickens

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

APRIL'S MAKER'S LUNCH with PENNY FOWLER


MAKERS LUNCH

PENNY FOWLER
7 APRIL 2018  -  1200



In April we are delighted to have Penny Fowler as our Maker's Lunch guest. She is a London based potter whose work reflects 21st century living and the city in which she lives and works. It is characterised by clean, precise lines and forms using a strong palette. Her objective working with clay is to create beautiful dynamic forms.

Penny has shown her work at Bevere before and regular visitors will be aware of the impact that her elegant and contemporary work has on viewing. We are in no doubt that this will be an enjoyable and stimulating event. Do book your place for lunch before all the available places are taken.



     

An opportunity to preview the new display with our ceramic curator, Stuart Dickens and featured maker Penny Fowler, then over lunch enjoy an informal discussion
 
 
Places are limited to 10 persons and cost £15
email kim@beveregallery.com to book your place or call 01905 754 484

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

DRAWING ONLY WORKSHOP with VALERIE BRIGGS

Valerie is  running a Drawing Only course on 
Saturday March 10th at the Bevere Gallery Stable Studio.
 
 She will be teaching various techniques and subjects on the day. You can bring along your own materials but she will provide materials on the day and as usual she will have extra, pads and pencils etc to purchase at discounted prices. 

There will be a minimum of 4 people on the course and an absolute maximum of 6. 

The cost will be £50 for the day including refreshments and a lovely light lunch from the Bevere Gallery Cafe. The day will run from 10am to 4pm.

To book or for further details
phone Valerie on 7538 173070 or

Email v.briggs746@btinternet.com