Monday, 2 January 2017

11th Annual Graduate Show

THE CURATOR'S VIEW – January 2014

"It is always surprising how quickly the Annual Graduate Show comes round. It seems but a short time since I was extolling the virtues of new and emerging talent. I am trying to ignore the possibility that this may be a phenomenon related to the ageing of the curator!

Regular visitors to the Show will know that we select graduates from across the country. The message isn't that these are the best from the 2016 crop – best is such a subjective word – rather that they are makers who attracted Clare Macfarlane and I when we saw the large numbers of graduates at New Designers last July.

What is noticeable is the small group amongst the graduate population who at an early stage recognise that becoming a professional, post university, requires a range of skills and experience beyond making. The ones that truly impress have a clear head about what they will show, early completion of paperwork and images and of course the timely delivery of the exhibition pieces. If only this were the norm. On the other hand we are only too aware of the pressures on graduates to get work to pay their bills and to live life.

This show has a number of interesting and immensely creative makers and we hope that visitors will derive great pleasure from looking (and buying!) pieces and importantly casting a vote for the graduate that is best liked. As in previous years we will be supporting the maker who gains the most votes.

One innovation this year is to add an exhibitor who is still at university and due to graduate next year. Under the banner of One to Watch we are showing the latest work of a Hereford College student. We will certainly be keeping an eye on her development during her final year.

Do come to see the Show – stretch the legs after Christmas  - let us know what you feel about these new exhibitors."

Stuart Dickens

Thursday, 27 October 2016

THE CURATOR'S VIEW - November/ December

As we approach the end of the year, the challenge is to ensure that the interest and stimulation that we strive to achieve each month is sustained, particularly as we approach that special time of the year – I'll not mention the C word!  For the period to year's end, we have four featured makers that will provide all the sensory delights.

There is also another special event as on November 19 the Gallery is pleased to be launching the publication of 'Just Pots', a monograph about the life and work of Chris Carter. It is special for me as I was privileged to be asked to write the text by Chris. I am so pleased that at last there will be a volume celebrating the work of one of the UK's important master craftsmen. We will be launching the book together and signing copies on the day from 1130. There will also be a small exhibition of new work by Chris.

The featured makers over this period are all Bevere favourites. There is a strong sculptural emphasis this time, although  we will have our usual diverse range of pots across the gallery.
Ross Emerson will be featuring a small group of his work.  I am particularly grateful that he is represented here as he has had the trauma of moving house and workshop to cope with for a large part of this year. Instantly recognizable, his sculptural pieces generate so many smiles amongst his admirers.  I hope to have one or two of his clocks which are always a talking point. For me he is a caricaturist in clay with a deft touch.

Christy Keeney has been showing at Bevere for many years. We have a new body of pieces which one of my colleagues described as probably the best group we have ever had from him – praise indeed, given that he has always sustained a high level of skill and creativity. I am sure that the work will be as popular as ever.

Jenny Southam has a fine art background and this shows in her work .  This range of pieces has her eye for detail and fine examples of her modelling skills. We have always enjoyed having Jenny's sculptures and these will generate smiles as well as admiration.

Maria Wojdat has provided a small set of her colourful hand-built vessels for this feature. They are small in scale but they have presence. Her bold use of colour is a characteristic of Maria's work and I particularly like the subtle combinations in small groups. It demonstrates very well that impact isn't always about size.

Once again we have a group of makers that I hope you will enjoy.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

THE CURATOR'S VIEW - October 2016

THE CURATOR'S VIEW – October 2016

Firstly, the sad news is that Chiu-I Wu is unable to exhibit with us this month and I hope it will not be too long before we see her fine work in Bevere again. Fortunately we have two other makers who will bring light, colour and elegant design to the gallery.

Sutton Taylor is new to the gallery. I have no idea why it has taken us so long to invite a maker of such eminence and reputation to show at Bevere – thankfully he is with us this month. His lustre-ware vessels have been described as 'vibrant and luminous' and I anticipate that his work will have considerable impact on all who visit the gallery this month. He has pieces in numerous public collections including the V&A Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, the Alhambra Museum in Spain, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. We can now add Bevere to that list.

I have said so much about the work of Matt Horne over the years that I am sure he will need no introduction to many of you. His crystalline glazing is amongst the best in my view and add to this his skilled throwing and he produces ceramics of sheer beauty and quality. I am so chuffed that we have two fine decorators in the gallery this month.

There are often discussions in the Gallery about ceramic tableware and the extent to which fine bespoke pieces add so much to the eating experience. As we are a featured maker short this month, I thought we might feature some of the tableware we have in the gallery.
Amongst the makers will be

 Kaori Tatebayashi seen so often in interiors magazine

 Charlotte Stockley  

                                                                      and Stuart Carey

 Discover how your choice of ceramics can add so much to the look and the taste of a meal.

Sunday, 28 August 2016


  Bevere Gallery is proud to be one of the supporters of this prodigious  Worcester event

 Many of our local artists and makers are opening their homes during the August Bank Holiday
  Week End

VALERIE  BRIGGS who has been teaching and exhibiting here at Bevere for very many years is opening her home and will be painting and showing her British Wildlife  and Fauna watercolours, prints and gift cards.

"What an enjoyable weekend, lot's of interesting visitors and positive complementary comments. A few sales the icing on a well made cake. Well done to our 'artist' organisers and business sponsors"
Valerie Briggs


Saturday, 27 August 2016


This 10th Anniversary year has provided the opportunity to reflect on and select the makers that have provided us with so much pleasure during the last decade but also the chance to involve makers who have yet to show here – indeed I never cease to be amazed at the superb ceramicists who have yet to appear on our featured maker programme.

 This month's featured makers embrace both

MO JUPP is an elder statesman of the ceramic world having been a teacher and mentor to so many ceramicists. He now lives and works in France. The move across the Channel has regenerated his creative vigour. This unique sculptor is a definite ‘one off’. His apparently simple approach to figurative ceramics is deceptive; behind every piece there is a perceptive insight into the human form.

is a new maker to us. Her intricately patterned and coloured pieces have an instant appeal. Caroline’s main business is in consultancy having trained as an Architect at Cambridge; If this is the product of part time work in ceramics we can only imagine the outcome if she were full time! I was impressed initially with her use of pattern and colour which is particularly striking and I suspect that many of our visitors will feel the same.

is showing with us again having recovered from spinal surgery. His reticulated glazes and elegantly potted vessels have always been popular. He is meticulous in the finishing of his pieces and accepts nothing but perfection in his eyes. We are able to enjoy the fruits of his creative drive. This entirely new body of work - which I have just seen for the first time - extends the range of his work and is particularly sculptural. As always his making and decoration skills are meticulous. Once again a delight to show his work here.

As ever we try hard to ensure that there is contrast and diversity demonstrating the immense range of skills and creativity in ceramics.  If you think I have been overgenerous with my praise for these makers – come and judge for yourself.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Curator's View - August 2016

As summer sunshine finally arrives, the Gallery's featured maker programme continues to demonstrate how quality ceramics can also give so much warmth and light as well as pleasure. This month all three superb makers have shown with us before on several occasions.

Emma Rodgers has become an international figure in studio ceramics since she graduated from Wolverhampton. In fact, she showed her early pieces at Bevere at the onset of her professional career. It was evident then that she had a remarkable talent.  Emma's ability to reflect the essence of the figures that she makes - both animal and human – is often magical and her work in bronze is exceptional. Whatever pieces she decides to show they will bring joy to the Gallery and our visitors for sure.

Tanya Gomez has shown with us before but, importantly, not since taking an MA at the Royal Collegeof Art.        The impact is seen in the organic nature of her sensuous vessels and her striking use of contrasting colour. The RCA’s MA course has transformed many potters and Tanya is no exception.  It is the opportunity to spend time reflecting on one's current practice and the direction and focus of creative energy that makes the impact.
Each of Tanya's vessels that we are showing this month, whether  small or large, has a presence which, in my view,  comes from the passion that pervades her making.

Wendy Kershaw is an artist on clay. Her wall mounted framed images are unlike any other maker's that I know.  Her work is amusing , quirky, and so well executed. When Wendy first showed at Bevere the response was very positive indeed and we are certain that she will be welcomed back by many. Wendy crosses the so called craft/fine art divide but for me apart from the evident artistic merit, each piece makes me smile - always a bonus. Her draughtsmanship and design sense also add to the feeling that there is an exceptional talent at work here. Come and see for yourself.

As well as our featured makers there will be the usual diverse range of quality ceramics. Time spent looking and touching these pots will add so much to your day – it does mine!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016


If you are in any doubt that we are in the middle of Summer – you might be forgiven for thinking that Autumn has arrived early this year – then hopefully, the featured makers at Bevere this month should  brighten the outlook. 'Masters of their craft' is a well worn cliché but is absolutely right to describe the makers who are part of our 10th Anniversary celebration.

We have been privileged to show Walter Keeler's fine pieces for a number of years. He has been internationally recognised for much of his long career and his latest work is elegantly designed and executed with such consummate skill, as ever.  These are characteristics that have defined Walter's pieces for a long time. As I handle any pot,  I am conscious of the eye of a Master and the presence which each generates. There is the curator's challenge, to allow them to speak for themselves and for Walter of course.

Mark Dally has also shown here a number of times and this latest group from him confirms why. He is arguably one of the finest sliptrail decorators around. The completeness of his vision, confidence of execution and obvious facility with the sliptrailer is a joy.  Again, we have a maker whose name is spoken by each piece. His work epitomises the notion that our eating and drinking is enhanced by studio pots. Pleasure has to be the right word.

If you feel that I am exaggerating the qualities of these two makers, then come and see and judge for yourself.

We also have a small group of magnificent sculptures from Ostinelli and Priest. A large bull and horse are classic pieces. They have character and the nuances of tone and stance ensure that each is an original interpretation of these fine beasts.

Debbie Barber is also here again and is another confident and skilled raku decorator. Her bowls and other vessels are always popular  with our visitors.

Stuart Dickens
July 2016