Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Maker's Lunch -- Sevak Zagarian



COME AND TALK WITH
SEVAK ZARGARIAN

Sevak Zagarian was first seen by us at Ceramic Art London. His attractive work made with the use of aggregate materials made an immediate impact – always a good sign of something different. Sevak's prime concern is to make beautiful functional ware for the home and you will see that he achieves his goal, when we show his work at Bevere this month.


Importantly we have the pleasure of his company for a Maker's Lunch which is to be held on Saturday 1st September 1200 until 1400. There will be much to learn about his working techniques and his creative drive as well as enjoying a delightful lunch. Do come and join us by booking your place now.

Sunday, 29 July 2018


A SPECIAL VISIT

Before the end of the exhibition featuring her work, I was delighted to welcome the eminent German potter Christiane Bernstiel with her artist husband Ulrich Sack. They were on a visit from their home in Neuenkirchen, Germany staying with long time friend the musician, Paul Wilson.

I have great admiration for the Bauhaus movement which was so influential in refocusing design after the jugendstil period (German Art Nouveau). Its impact was felt across the range of arts and architecture for many years after the Bauhaus School closed in 1933. Christiane's father Otto Lindig was for a time lead potter at the Bauhaus.

This gives some insight into the influences on her work; the picture of Christiane with myself holding a splendid large jug which captures the fundamental principles of Bauhaus design – 'sculptural functionality' most succinctly defines it.

The time over lunch and in the gallery was a real pleasure and Christiane showed so much interest in the work on display as well as appreciating the way we had displayed her own pieces. I am pleased to say that she much admired what we are trying to achieve at Bevere with the emphasis on quality and diversity. Her work most certainly adds to that range and I look forward to showing her work into the future. Hopefully, we will also have the chance to see her and Ulrich again.

Stuart Dickens
Ceramic Curator
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Thursday, 19 July 2018

THE CURATOR'S VIEW AUGUST 2018



The year advances at a pace - the change around this month seems with us all too quickly. We have three very different makers for us all to enjoy. Two of them have not exhibited here before and the third has shown here on several occasions and his reputation grows with each exhibition.

Many of you who are regular visitors will know the work of of Jin Eui Kim He is a meticulous maker with high level design and making skills. He demonstrates the impact of line and subtle colour on the way we view a vessel and the way light can change everything. Visitors to the gallery have always been amazed at his immaculate technique – all his work is hand decorated with stunning accuracy and flawless finish.

Laura Bird is here for the first time.  She is an  illustrator and potter based in Hackney, East London. With her background in illustration, a strong focus on narrative, character and pattern can be found in each piece. This is definitely ceramics to make you smile.

Ben Arnup is the other newcomer to the gallery this month although he has been an established and innovative maker over a number of years now. Trompe l'oeil is a familiar technique in art and his use in ceramics produces pieces which will always make you stop and think twice – at least! We are also particularly pleased that he will be joining us for the Makers Lunch on Saturday 4 August and I am confident that it will be a fascinating and insightful experience. Do come and join us.

So there we are -  hopefully enough to whet your appetite for yet another month.

Stuart Dickens
Ceramic Curator
August 2018

Friday, 13 July 2018

Demo Week in the Gallery Stable


We are delighted to be holding a week of ‘Meet the Maker/Artist Demo Days’ here at Bevere, in our Stable between 11am-3pm Monday 16th - Friday 20th July🎨

You will be able to come and interact with the artist during their demonstration to give you an insight into some of the classes we have on offer.
Monday 16th July-
Karen Stone-Watercolour artist
Tuesday 17th July-
Sally Morgan-Lino cut artist
Wednesday 18th July-
Kate Wrigglesworth-Artist who uses a variety of medium
Thursday 19th July-
Val Briggs-Wildlife artist
Friday 20th July-
Rachel Murgatroyd-Calligraphy
We would love to see you!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

THE MAKERS LUNCH
6 JULY
WALTER KEELER

We have now held a number of these events and all have been much enjoyed, however this lunch with such an eminent maker was exceptional.

I was delighted when Walter agreed to join us, not only because of his international reputation, but, having known him for a long time, I knew that he would talk openly and freely about his work and  decades of experience.
In the Gallery, Walter talked eloquently about the fine group of his pots we have featured this month – salt-glaze and earthenware – and almost every vessel enabled him to describe his approach to making and interestingly how a number of his glazes were developed over time. What was evident from the outset was the extent to which he thinks through the making process and reviews the options at each step in the making. This may be getting the right colour and texture of glaze or ensuring the clay body is appropriate and facilitating.

It became very clear that notwithstanding his years of experience, he continues to experiment and develop his work. This is, in many ways a function of his undying creative spirit, which has remained with him since he was a boy. For the makers round the lunch table he provided valuable insights into making, glazing and firing his work. For the non-makers, he impressed with the clarity of his descriptions and importantly the sheer amount of time that is devoted to making – making work of such quality and originality that is.

It was particularly fascinating to hear him explain how the large extruded jug on show was made. Extruding on that scale and diameter is technically tricky and clearly it took him time to work through ways in which shape and form could be sustained through the extrusion and subsequent processes. The result speaks for itself. It is a magnificent piece of his finest salt-glaze ceramic.

Teaching has always been an important part of his ceramic life and he gave a number of insights into the mutuality of the teaching environment – learning from it himself as well as clearly giving support advice and insights to his pupils.

Notwithstanding his international reputation and his undoubted skills in making and design, Walter's modesty and readiness to learn is always apparent. Whilst it may be a cliché that his work speaks for him, I have to say that he adds so much in his conversation which leads to even greater understanding of the man and his fine work.

Thanks once again to Walter for a memorable two hours.

Stuart Dickens
Ceramic Curator
July 2018

   The Next Maker's Lunch is with
Ben Arnup  on Saturday 4th August
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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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