Sunday, 12 February 2017

Lunch & Chat at Bevere with Potter JIN EUI KIM

Join us for lunch and discussions with the      Maker  
Friday 3 March
2017, Noon - 2pm
 The Maker's Lunch is a new event designed to provide 
an opportunity for informal discussion over lunch
about the latest featured makers

March is an interesting month because two of the makers - Martin Pearce and Ali Tomlin -  are new to the gallery and will be seen alongside Jin Eui Kim whose work will be familiar to Bevere regulars 

It is a particular pleasure that Jin has agreed to join us for this lunch to talk about his work
The work of these three makers will provide an opportunity to reflect on the way in which individual ceramicists approach the creation of their individual pieces 

The lunch promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable experience - do join us

Inevitably there will only be a limited number of places available so do make your reservation now by telephoning 

01905 754 484 or emailing 
Tickets are £10 each

Thursday, 26 January 2017

THE CURATOR'S VIEW – February 2017

Firstly, I need to comment on the 11th Annual Graduate Show which filled the gallery for the first month of the year. I was heartened that so many people enjoyed the show and were impressed with the quality of the selected graduates.
As always, it was an exciting start to our year and thanks to everyone who voted for their favourite  :-

In February, we have three featured makers, one of whom is exhibiting with us for the first time.
 Scott Wilson graduated with a ceramic degree in 2015 and has made a an impact since then with his wonderfully textured pieces and the  interplay of monochrome light and dark. Not difficult to see how he made an impact at New Designers One Year On.

 He is also joining us for the Curator's Lunch being held on Friday 3rd February – not too late to book as we have one or two places still available.

 Jack Doherty is one of our regular exhibitors. We will see again his luminescent work which resonates with the Cornish blue which has been even more evident since his move to Mousehole.   This group is distinctly Jack's work and his soda fired glazing and skilled throwing gives each of his pieces a quality which is so pleasing to the eye. I have always admired his ceramics.

 Jade Crompton

was in our Graduate Show in 2015 and her computer aided design created quite a stir then. She has now been acknowledged for her innovative approaches to mould making and ceramic design and we are delighted to be showing her latest work. This small group of her work is in white semi-porcelain, if you prefer other colours we are able to commission pieces directly from her. It is always encouraging to see the work of someone who featured in our Graduate Show and that our judgement in selecting her is underpinned with subsequent successful making. She would have been with us at the Curator's Lunch, but she has a ceramic project in New York at that time.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

                     Lunch with the Curator and Maker


                                              Bevere Gallery, Worcester         

                                              Friday 3 February 2017
                                                        Noon - 2pm

We are starting this years featured maker programme with an opportunity to preview the new display with our ceramic curator, Stuart Dickens and featured maker Scott Wilson, then over lunch discuss the makers and their work

Places are limited to 10 persons and cost £10
email to book your place
or call 01905 754 484

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